Arranging Stacks into groups


With the introduction of groups in Stacks 3, you can now easily make groups inside the stacks library. There are many of Joe’s stacks that we suggest you make groups for. Here is a short list • Foundation
• Easy CMS
Total CMS
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You can easily create groups for these stacks, follow these instructions

First, open up RapidWeaver and add a stacks page. You do not need to be creating anything, but you do need a stacks page open to access the library. Once you have the page ready, open the Stacks Library, it should look like this
Stacks Library

On the left side of the library are some icons. You may have more or less than I do depending on your Stacks preferences. On my image above, here is a list of what each icon is:
Cube - All Stacks in Library
Mini-Cube Pyramid - Partials in this project file (do not know what a partial is, watch this video.)
Heart - Favorite Stacks Star - Built in Stacks that come with the Stacks plugin.

At the very bottom of the library, directly under the icons but on the bottom of the RapidWeaver window, you will see a plus sign ( + ). This is how you add new groups:
Stacks Library Add New Group

To add a new group, click on the plus button and you will see a new group appear and you will be allowed to name that group. You can name it anything you want, for this example, I will name it Foundation, as I will be putting all of the Foundation stacks in this group.
Stacks Library New Group

After you type in the name of the group, you need to add stacks to it. To do this you need to go back up to the All Stacks cube so you can see all of your stacks. The easiest way to do this is to search for the stacks you want. If the stacks developer has tagged them correctly (like Joe) they will be easy to find. Since I am making a Foundation group, I will search for Foundation.
Stacks Library Foundation Search

You see more than just the Foundation stacks came up with that search, and that is OK. In stacks 3, you can select multiple stacks in the library at one time. So you can click and hold command down at the same time to select multiple items. Select only the stacks you want in the group. In our example I am going to select just the orange colored icons in the search results and add them to the Foundation group. To do this, click on the first stack (for me it is Site Styles) and it will highligh that stack. I then went down to the last orange stack in the list (which is Visibility) and hold the shift key down and click on it. This will highlight all of the stack between the two stacks (Site Styles and Visibility). Then where it says Multiple Items in the Stacks library, there is a little cog wheel icon, click on that and you will get the option to Add to Group, move the mouse to there and you will see a list of Groups you can add it to. Move to Foundation and click.
Stacks Library Cog Wheel Add to Group

Now depending on your screensize, you can make as many groups as you want. You can also remove other groups that come with Stacks 3 from that list. To do this, you need to find the preferences. To find the preferences, you have to open the Page Inspector and click on the Page tab.
Page Inspector Page Tab

When you find the Page tab, at the bottom of that is the Stacks Preferences.
Page Inspector Page Tab

When you click the preference button, you will see this window:
Stacks 3 Preferences

Stay in the General Preferences and you will see checkboxes of different groups you can turn on or off. The decision of what to keep on and off is up to you, but we do suggest you keep All Stacks and Partial Pages checked.

One last note about groups.

It woul be cool if Stacks had the power to know what new stacks might belong to which group you made, but that is impossible. So, if the developer adds a new stack that should be added to a group you have made (like when Joe released Foundation 1.5 and it had new stacks in it), you are going to have to go through the steps above to find the new stack and add it to that group. This is one of the main reasons for making this FAQ, we get a lot of tickets from people who have made groups and then expect when Foundation gets updated with new stacks, that those stacks will automatically appear in their Foundation Group and this will not happen.

We hope you have enjoyed this FAQ about learning how to make groups in Stacks 3, they will help you keep the stacks you use the most at your fingertips.

Now go forth and make your websites great!