Replacing Existing Files

The School of Medicine Web System has a built-in update feature to help you replace outdated files and images without breaking existing links to them.

  1. To replace a file (Word document, PDF file, PowerPoint presentation, etc.) with an updated version, navigate to the folder in your website in which the file resides (usually the Files folder of your Home directory).

    Icon IdeaTip:  If the file is linked on a page, and you don't know where the original file is located, right-click on the link, and select Copy Link Location. Paste this URL into your browser's address bar, and delete any characters you see past the last "/" (Ex.: http://www.med.unc.edu/site/folder/file.pdf becomes http://www.med.unc.edu/site/folder/). This will take you to the folder where your file is stored.

  2. Click the file name, and then click the Edit tab on the green menu bar.
  3. You will see an Edit File form. This looks similar to the Add File form with Title and Description fields, and File name.
  4. In the File section of the form, select Replace with new file.
  5. Click Browse. A File Upload window will appear.
  6. In the File Upload window, navigate to the newer version of the file on your local computer that you want to upload, select it, and click Open.
  7. Scroll to the bottom and click Save
  8. Your file has been updated.

Icon Idea Note:  These changes are immediately visible to most users of your site; however, they may not be immediately visible to you. The Web System uses a caching system to enhance the loading speed of School of Medicine pages. Your computer's system cache temporarily holds on to the information on your site, so that it can be loaded more quickly the next time that it is needed. It may take up to 24 hours for your computer to update its system cache, and to stop showing you the old information. For more information, see our article on 'Browser Cache Issue.'