How to Access

Select Extensions → Template Manager from the drop-down menu in the back-end of your Joomla! installation.


The Template Manager is where you assign a default Template to your Joomla! web site. You can also edit and preview Templates here.

In Joomla!, the visual layout of both the Front-end and Back-end of your site is controlled by the Template. Templates are extensions that contain layout and style information that tells Joomla! exactly how to draw each page of your site.

When you first install Joomla!, one Back-end Template and two Front-end templates are included. Other Templates can be installed from third-party developers as Extensions.

If you want to use the same Template for all of the pages on your site, you just assign one Template as the Default Template. You can also assign different Templates to different pages.


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Column Headers


At the top right you will see the toolbar:

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Site and Administrator Links

At the top left, above the columns, you will see two links as shown below:

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Template - Edit

How to Access

Navigate to the Template Manager. Then click on the Template's name or select a Template and click the Edit icon on the toolbar.


This is where you can preview a Template, edit a Template's HTML and CSS files, and set parameters for a Template.


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Some Templates have parameters that allow you to change the way the web site will look. For example, the default rhuk_milkyway template allows you to choose a foreground color, a background color, and different Template widths. Other Templates may have different or no parameters.


At the top right you will see the toolbar:

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Note: The preview of an administrator template does not show you the administrator module positions.

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