Joomla 3 Tutorial – How to Restore Deleted Categories

by Elaine on December 3, 2013

In the effort to clean my Article Manager, I managed to delete categories that I need.  Luckily I didn’t purge them from my Category Trash Manager yet so I can still restore them.  If you already purged your deleted categories from your Category Trash Manager, you cannot restore them.  You can always restore deleted categories if you have not purged them from your Category Trash Manager yet.  Below are steps to restore your deleted categories in Joomla 3.

Joomla 3 Tutorial : Overview of How to Restore Deleted Categories

  1. Go to Content Category Manager
  2. Filter for Trashed Categories in Category Manager
  3. Restore Deleted Categories in Category Trash Manager
  4. Categories Successfully Restored in Category Manager
  5. Change Filter back to Published in Category Manager

Steps:

1.  Go to Content Category Manager

You can create many categories in your Article Manager.  Each article must be assigned to one category.  In your category manager you can edit, delete, create new, modify categories.

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Joomla 3 Content Category Manager
  • Login to your Joomla 3.0 Administrator Backend
  • Click on ‘Content’
  • Click on ‘Category Manager

2.  Filter for Trashed Categories in Category Manager

Once you delete your categories, the status of the category changes to ‘Trashed’.  You will change your status filter to trashed to see all your trashed categories.  This is also the Category Trash Manager.

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Joomla 3 Content Category Manager Status = Trashed
  • Along the left navigation, you will see’ Select Status’
  • Click on ‘- Select Status -‘
  • Click on ‘Trashed

3.  Restore Deleted Categories in Category Trash Manager

Restoring deleted categories is done by simply changing the status of the deleted category to published.  You can go into each category individually and changing the status, or you can select categories from this page and clicking on the button at the top ‘Published’

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Joomal 3 Content Category Manager Publish Trashed Categories
  • Select trashed categories you want to restore with the checkbox
  • Click on ‘Publish

4.  Categories Successfully Restored in Category Manager

Next you will see a green message box that says your categories are successfully published which also means you successfully restored your deleted categories.

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Joomla 3 Successfully Restored Deleted Categories
  • See a green message box that says:

Message: 3 categories successfully published

5.  Change Filter back to Published in Category Manager

Now you should change the status filter back to see all the published categories so the next time you view the category manager you won’t panic if you see nothing.  The select status remembers where you were last and won’t change to the published categories by itself.

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Joomla 3 Category Manager Published Status
  • Along the left navigation
  • Click on ‘ – Select Status -‘
  • Click on ‘Published

Now you should see all your categories restored in your Category Manager.

Hope that helps,

Elaine

 Joomla 3 Tutorial   How to Restore Deleted Categories

Elaine

Elaine is the founder of CmsMind, an online blog providing Joomla and Wordpress tutorials. Elaine lives in Toronto and when she is not online, she is either Marathon and Triathlon training or travelling and racing somewhere in the world. Find her also at: Save Money, Premium Themes and Templates, and at Webhosting Tips.

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