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How to add, reuse, and edit LibAnswers Widget assets

What should I use it for?

If you also subscribe to LibAnswers v2, you can easily add the widgets you create in LibAnswers to any of your guides -- no embed code required! You can embed any search form, question form, topic list, or FAQ list widget.

What shouldn't I use it for?

You cannot embed LibChat widgets using LibAnswers Widget assets. To do that, you will instead need to copy your chat widget's embed code and paste it into a Media/Widget asset in your guide.


Add a new LibAnswers Widget to a guide

To create a brand new LibAnswers Widget asset from scratch and add it to your guide:

  1. While editing your guide, click on the  Add / Reorder button at the bottom of the box where you want add this.
  2. Select LibAnswers Widget from the dropdown menu.
  3. From the Widget dropdown, select the widget you want to add from your LibAnswers system. (LibChat widgets are not included in this list.)
    • The asset will use the same name as your widget in the assets library.
  4. Use the Position option to choose where the new asset should be inserted in the box. (Don't worry: you can always reorder it later.)
  5. Click the Save button.

Selecting LibAnswers Widget from the Add/Reorder dropdown

Creating a new LibAnswers Widget asset


Reuse an existing LibAnswers Widget

It's always best to reuse existing assets as much as possible. This will help reduce duplication in your assets library, while also making it easier to analyzing statistics for a particular asset.

To reuse an existing LibAnswers Widget from your assets library (Content > Assets):

  1. While editing your guide, click on the  Add / Reorder button at the bottom of the box where you want add this.
  2. Select LibAnswers Widget from the dropdown menu.
  3. In the Add LibAnswers Widget window, click on the Reuse Existing LA Widget tab.
  4. In the Search for LibAnswers Widget field, start typing in the name of the asset you want to add.
  5. Select the asset you want to add from the list of results.
  6. A summary of the asset info will appear.
    • Not the asset you are looking for? No problem: search again and select a different one.
  7. By default, a mapping of the original asset will be added to your guide. If you would rather create a copy of the original asset, select the Copy checkbox.
    • Using a mapping is convenient because any changes made to the original asset will automatically be reflected on your guide.
    • The drawback of mapping is that you won't be able to edit the asset yourself (except for adding a custom description just for this one mapping).
    • If you need to customize more details of the asset, then select the Copy checkbox. This will create a standalone copy of the asset that you own and can fully customize.
  8. Use the Position dropdown to select where in the box the new asset will be inserted. (Don't worry: you can always reorder this later.)
  9. Click the Save button.

Selecting LibAnswers Widget from the Add/Reorder dropdown

Selecting an asset to reuse

Saving a reused asset


Edit and remove LibAnswers widgets in a guide

  1. To manage a LibAnswers widget, click on the its Edit () icon.
    1. To customize the asset's settings, select  Edit.
    2. To remove the asset from your guide, select  Remove.
      • This will only remove the asset from your guide. It will not delete it from your assets library (Content > Assets) and can still be reused.

Options for editing a LibAnswers widget


Editing LibAnswers widgets in your assets library

The assets library is where all reusable assets are stored in your LibGuides system. From here, you can centrally manage your assets, as well as create new ones.

  • Admin users can edit any asset in the system.
  • Regular users with the Manage Assets permission (CMS only) can also edit any asset.
  • All other Regular and Editor users can only edit the assets they own.

To edit your LibAnswers Widget assets:

  1. Go to Content > Assets.
  2. Use the filters at the top of the page to filter the assets library (such as by type or owner).
  3. To edit an asset, click on its Edit () icon in the Actions column.
    • Changes made to the asset will be reflected everywhere the asset is being used.
    • The only exception is if a mapping of the asset is using a custom description. In that case, the custom description will continue to display on that guide.

Navigating to the Assets page

Filtering the assets list

Clicking an asset's Edit icon

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