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Using inspect element in chrome to find the location of an element in html code is easy on the frontend, but I don't know how to look for the php files that store the element in the backend in joomla. Is there a quick way besides looking into each directory for the file storing the element?

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Hi Ben,

Using a system like Joomla, it's best to work with it, rather than around it, like what you're trying to do. These "elements" that you're looking for are most likely managed and displayed by one of the extensions you have installed like a component or module. Try to find out which one it is within the Joomla admin area first.
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Hi Ben!

The short answer is I don't know.

I think you should consider whether you're fiddling with things that shouldn't be fiddled with.

I think Tristan's advice is good advice and you'd do well to heed it: "Using a system like Joomla, it's best to work with it, rather than around it, like what you're trying to do.

Looks like it's a third party extension and I suppose the php file would be in there.

I'd be concerned that you're still running a J1.5 site.
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Hi Laurie,
When I go to the menu in my web site admin page, I saw a window as shown in the attached file. I want to change the way how the menu work. How do I know which php file that the menu is linked to.

Thank you.

Ben
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Hi Ben,

You can't edit any of the Joomla core files or extensions from the back end. You can access the files using FTP, in which case you download copies of the files you want to edit, make changes using your text editor then upload the edited files using FTP to your web host, overwriting the original file. That's normally how it's done.

Please make sure you know what you're doing before you make any changes to any of the files. People are highly discouraged from changing any of the Joomla core files directly as they could lead to serious errors on your site if not a total crash if you do not know what you're doing. Also, whatever changes you made will be overwritten once you update your version of Joomla. In any case, always always make a backup of your site before making any changes to it.
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Tristan,
Thank you for your advice, I just curios if there is a trick to goto the code directly from the backend, just like clicking on the Inspect element in google chrome.

Thanks,
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Well Ben, please help my understanding here.

The screenshot seems to me to show a site that is not yours and you have no control over. Is that correct?
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G'day Laurie!

I want to edit a text and button, change their colors, style and adding some function. For example, in the picture attached I would like to look for the word "Shanghai" and change it to "Makau" and add some function like if the value goes up to 2200.00 then popup a message.

Thank you.
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G'day there Ben!

If you could tell us what you are looking for and what you want to do when you find it, you'd get a specific answer.

Your question as it stands really doesn't mean anything.

Note: I don't need reminding how hard it is when you're starting out and don't understand how Joomla works and what the terms are and what they mean.

Best wishes,
Laurie.
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