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Rapid Edit for the Yahoo! Store Editor

If you are like me, you spend most of your day editing pages in the Yahoo Store editor. And if you do that, you probably spend quite a bit of time navigating to pages and waiting for those pages to load in the editor before being able to edit them. All this waiting really drives me crazy so I kept thinking of ways to speed up my work while working in the editor. One shortcut I always use - if I know thet ID of the page I want to edit - is to erase the last part of the URL while in the editor, and enter the page's Id I want to edit with .html?dired=1 appended to it. For example, if I'm in the editor, and I want to edit the ind.html page, I'd look at the Address field of my browser:

http://ytimes.us-dc1-edit.store.yahoo.net/RT/NEWEDIT.ytimes/d695ff542abb/CD7fAAIJ (just an example)

erase CD7fAAIJ and add ind.html?dired=1 to it so it looks like:

http://ytimes.us-dc1-edit.store.yahoo.net/RT/NEWEDIT.ytimes/d695ff542abb/ind.html?dired=1

and hit Enter. This will take me to the edit form of the ind.html page - in this example but without loading the page itself. This is all great provided that you know the ID of the page you want to edit. But what if you don't know the ID?

Rapid Edit to the rescue!

I came up with a very useful template that can be installed into any Yahoo Store, and while in the store editor, it will put a red asterisk next to all text hyperlinks. When you click that red asterisk, it will open up the page belonging to that link in the edit form, without actually loading that page first. Imagine going to any section page, and without loading the target page, click this "magic" asterisk next to any link to open up that link in the editor! I only started using this a day or so ago and it already saved me hours of time - time otherwise I would have spent waiting for pages I wanted to edit to load. If you are familiar with Rob Snell's Magic Edit button (described in our Yahoo! Store Tips & Tricks book), this is like the Magic Edit button on steroids.

Read more about it at Rapid Edit.

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