KB User's Guide - Documents Tab - The Batch Update Tool

This document will show KB Admins how to efficiently update documents. The Batch Update Tool options include all fields in the document editor.

Selecting the Exact Documents To Update

  1. To navigate to the Batch Update tool in the KB Admin Tools, just click on the Documents Tab and click on the Batch Update link in the left navigation bar.
  2. This will lead you to the Batch Update screen. The image below shows the screen and the filters available, should you want to refine your document search.
  3. If you already know the document ID number(s) you would like to update, enter them in the Comma delimited doc ids field. In the image above, the red circle brings attention to three docIDs from the KB User's Guide KB.
  4. Note: You may refine your search to obtain a specific set of documents and their comma delimited Document IDs.

  5. Click on the Go button.
  6. After clicking on the Go button, the documents to which you have access will appear with check boxes next to them in the Select column in the far right. You may select them individually or select them all at once by clicking on the Select All button.
  7. At any time, you may click on the triangle on the left of the Document Title to see the to see the Document Quickview (e.g. the entire content of the document) without leaving the Batch Update screen.

    In the image below, you will see 3 document ids in the Comma delimited doc id field. After clicking the Go button, all 3 documents are presented in a table below the search. The image below shows a circle around a downward pointing triangle which is displaying a read-only view of the document. Document Quickview (e.g. the entire content of the document) without leaving the Batch Update screen.

  8. Under that table of documents, a table called Batch Update Options will appear. Select the appropriate selections from the dropdown menus in this table.

Determine Which Document Versions to Update

Choose documents versions of Draft and Active or documents versions that are only Drafts. A rubric is provided below to guide you through updating documents in holding a specific status.

Determine the Exact Fields to Update

Upon your selection, a text box with field-specific instructions will appear next to the field you have chosen to update. By not selecting any of the options from the dropdown menu, that field will remain unchanged.

  • Title - Prepend, Append or Remove from
  • Search Priority - Top, High, Normal, Low, Exclude from Search
  • Page Header - change Header to "None". This dropdown menu will display all (if any) the headers in your group
  • Page Footer - change Footer to "None". This dropdown menu will display all (if any) footers in your group.
  • Keywords - Prepend, Append, Remove from
  • Summary - Prepend, Append, Remove from
  • Body - Prepend, Append, Remove from
  • Internal Note - Prepend, Append, Remove from
  • SeeAlso - Reset SeeAlso
  • Type - Document, Template, Glossary
  • Topics - Reset Topics (list of topics will appear with unchecked check boxes next to each topic)
  • If you are not finding what you need to make a Batch Change to Topics, please look at what our Batch Topic Assignment feature has to offer.

  • Audiences - Reset Audiences
  • WriteAccess - Reset WriteAccess
  • ReadAccess - Reset ReadAccess
  • SiteAccess- Reset SiteAccess, Add SiteAccess, Remove SiteAccess
  • CampusAccess - No campus level restriction, Ext/Internal with campus login, Internal for all campus users
  • Relevance - My Group / sharing groups, My Campus, My University System, Universal
  • Status - In Progress, In Review, Active, Inactive, Trash
  • Activation - Reset Activation Time
  • Expiration - Reset Expiration
  • Owner - This dropdown will display a list of your sub-site users
  • FeedbackTo - Reset FeedbackTo
  • MiscOptions - Reset MiscOptions
  • JavaScript/CSS - Reset , Append
  • Comment - This field is required and allows a maximum of 1200 characters.
  • We strongly encourage a detailed description here for record keeping purposes. This description will appear in the Show Comments and Events section of each document the Batch Update is applied. In the image below, the red arrow is pointing to a description detailing the nature of the Batch Update.


    If you expand the Show Comments and Events section of one of the documents included in the Batch Update, you will see the description along with the name of the person who made the update, plus the time and date stamp.

Check Your Work and Submit

Once you have made your selection(s), we strongly encourage you to check the:

  • document selection(s)
  • document version selection
  • field selection(s), especially if you chose the correct selection from the dropdown menus
  • description of the Batch Update in the Comment field is detailed

Once you are certain all your selections are accurate, click on the Submit button.


Batch Update Greater than 100 Documents

On a final note, documents will be updated 100 at a time.

For example, if you choose to update 398 documents at once, 100 documents will be updated at one time, then the next set of 100, then the next set of 100 and then the remaining documents until all your updates are made.

Only 100 documents are updated at a time to manage the load on our servers.

Please contact us at kb-team@lists.wisc.edu if you have any questions or need clarification on the Batch Update Tool.

Keywords:change bulk multiple documents modify mass Batch Update quick view quickview Quick view Quickview group transaction batch change function append prepend reset remove re set   Doc ID:8532
Owner:Teresa A.Group:KB User's Guide
Created:2008-11-17 19:00 CDTUpdated:2021-06-01 13:19 CDT
Sites:KB User's Guide
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