Help! I am locked out of my Joomla article!

It’s happened to many of us – we want to edit an article on our Joomla site, but it has a little lock on it. This blog post explains what happened and how can you solve it.


If a article is locked, first be sure nobody else is logged in and working on it. Nothing is more annoying then writing a bunch of changes and pressing save and realizing you have been booted out.

So, if nobody else is working on it you can unlock an article by going into your backend and going to:

Joomla 1.6 and higher = Site->Maintenance->Global Check-in

Joomla 1.5 = Tools->Global check in.

Joomla 1.0.xx = System->Global check in.

This will check in all the locked items. Using the library analogy this means all the articles will go back on the shelves.

You can read more in the Joomla Documentation article “What do the locks mean and how do you get rid of them?

If you’re using the Cache Cleaner extension from No!Number, you’ll be happy to know that Global Check-In was just added. (If you’re not using this extension, you should really download and install it! Read more about the free Cache Cleaner extension)

Hope all of the above helps you.

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  1. Hey! Cool little tip. I see those little locks quite often but they had never caused me any trouble. However, I am working on a site that is intended for multiple users to edit and contribute to and this is good to know. Thanks!

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