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Move Block Elements with XML Tree View

One of the easiest ways to move most types of block elements is to use the XML Tree View. You can access this by opening a topic in the main Paligo editor—it is shown in a section in the panel on the right. Select the XML Tree View header to expand the structure.

XML Structure view shows your content in a tree structure. On the left, there are blue tags for each element in your topic and these are nested to show the different levels of content.

The XML Tree View shows the structure of the topic you are viewing, with the block elements shown as blue tags. To move content, select a block and drag it to the required position (the tag has to be on the dark line to complete the move).


When you move an element, you also move the elements that are inside it (its "child" elements). To learn about the parent-child relationship between elements in a topic, see Understanding Content Structures.

You can move a block up and down at the same level in the structure, or you can move it left and right to place it at a lower level in the structure. For example, you could drag a paragraph into a step in a procedure.

XML Structure view shows your content in a tree structure. In this image, a procedure tag is expanded to reveal all of the steps and paragraphs inside it. A para element has been moved so that it is now inside a step.

When you position the cursor over a blue tag in the XML Tree View, that element is also highlighted in the main Editor. For example, in the following image, the cursor is over the procedure tag, so the procedure is highlighted in the main editor.

The main editor is shown on the left. There is a topic with content and a procedure and all of its steps are highlighted. On the right, the XML structure view shows the cursor is positioned over the procedure tag.

Paligo checks that the elements are in a valid position while you are editing, so you cannot place an element where it is not allowed. If you try to do this, a red line is shown in the main editor and a red tag is shown in the XML Tree View.

On the left, the main editor shows a topic is open. There is content in the topic and a horizontal red line is shown in a paragraph. In the XML structure view, the cursor is on a red title tag. It is red because the user is trying to move it into an invalid position. The red line in the main editor also indicates this.


You can move entire tables in the same way as other block elements. But for table rows, you can only use the XML Tree View or keyboard shortcuts, see Move Row or Column.