Launched: Duplicate Page Action

When we launched our “Copy Doc” button last summer, the very first request was to enable a button to duplicate pages as well. After some hard work and a lot of testing, we’re excited to share our Duplicate Page action with you today, which lets you create copies of pages within a doc with the click of a button!

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To create a button that duplicates pages, simply type /duplicate anywhere on your page to select the button, or select the “Duplicate page” type when adding a button anywhere in Codaーeven in tables. Note that your button does not have to be on the same page that you intend to duplicate, but that the page does have to live within the same doc.

When you configure your duplicate page buttons, you’ll have an opportunity to set your standard button settings like button name (for referencing in formulas, automations, etc.), label, disable logic, size, color, and icon. In addition, you can set:

  • Page: Which page should be duplicated?
  • New Page Name: If new copies should have a different name than the page title, set it here. You can use formulas as well
  • Location: Under which page should the new page be nested?
  • Include subpages: Toggle this on if you want to duplicate any subpages nested under the target page; toggle this off if you only want to duplicate the single page itself
  • Tables & views: If your page has tables, you can select:
    • Create connected views: This means any edits to tables in duplicated pages will sync with the original page and any other linked views of those tables ー great for making multiple pages that have a table that might roll-up into a top-level dashboard on some other page
    • Duplicate data: Any tables will be copied, but they will not be linked to other tables ー great for templates that you want collaborators to use without impacting any other data sets
    • Learn more about views and duplicate data in our help center

We know a lot of makers have made impressive instruction guides, tutorial videos, and more to guide their teams to hover their cursors over a page title and select “Duplicate.” Hopefully this removes some of that lift, and helps you and your teammates collaborate more seamlessly in one doc!

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What happens if I need to duplicate some of the tables, but create connected views with other tables?

In particular: I want to automatically fill in a control (or a row of a table) when duplicating the row that will inform the page what date it refers to. After that, all subsequent tables in the page look at that control to see what rows to display.

I would use a lookup table, but changing the value in that source table will change all the views of that table. I need each page to have a different date.

How might I automatically (using a formula) set a date for a page that will only be changed manually?

E.g. I’d like to somehow automatically fill this control with the current date when a page is duplicated:
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Hi Connor – great question. One idea I can suggest: If you only duplicate your meeting details template on the date of the meeting, you can consider using the Today() formula to save the date directly to the new page title (screenshot)

Very useful, but as far as I understand my page isn’t able to access the page name?

E.g. in the [Todos] table I cannot run the filter:

thisRow.[Due Date] <= pageName.ToDate()

Right?

Edit, found a really hacky way to get the title of a page if anyone’s interested. But we may still need a more robust way to add data to a page when creating a new page.

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Hi Conor

You are right in that there is no good way to add the data to a page that was created today. That said, you can accomplish what you have in mind by creating a control and creating a filter that uses that control.

Here is a doc that has the setup you will need

And here is a gif that shows this in action.

Thank you so much, Himanshu! That is exactly what I’m currently doing. But my users sometimes get a bit confused. I want them to click the [New Meeting] button and have everything just work™.

Here’s a writeup of that solution.

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This is a very useful feature, thank you for that. I was already using it for maybe 2 weeks or so? Somehow I found it already available :smiley:.
There are 2 issues with such a button.

  1. If you have a lot of pages it is very diffcult to to edit the properties of the button. It is very slow opening (I even get asked by the browser if I want to wait or kill the script). Once the property popup is open, switching from one input to another again takes very long.
    I have currently over 550 pages. I suspect the page selector. It would be nice if one could start typing and the dropdown gets populated accordingly.
  2. The page selector entries are not sorted and it seems hidden pages are not available. If you have as many pages as I do, finding the correct page is really hard this way.