As a followup to a question from Derek Dysart on my previous post, How to make the experience editor a great experience for your editors I will explain how you can clean up the Sitecore content tree by hiding system items.
A common system item is the “components” (or whatever you call it) folder containing the data sources for components belonging to a certain content item. This folder is usually placed below your content item. The folder have no presentation, no URL, and does only exist because we like to build pages from many data sources in order to be able to personalize every component of a page.
This is not something the editors should see. Their tree should only contain the actual contents of the website.
All you have to do to is to select the “components” folder on your master, go to the “Configure” tab and select “Hide item“:
When the item is hidden, the button text changes:
Hiding items does only mean that the item is gone from the content tree. The item is still fully available from Sitecore, and also from the Experience Editor:
Also, as an administrator you can still see the item, provided you check the “Hidden Items” on the “View” tab:
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