In UserGuiding, you can manage your guides through their settings page. In this article, we explain all of the subsections falling under guide settings.

To have detailed information about each of them, you can use directory links given throughout the article.


As the name implies, here you can change the status of a guide. It can be active or inactive. To display guides for end-users, its status should be active. And to make it invisible, you can change it as inactive.

The Guide ID: It is next to the Status Field on top.

Guide Name: This is the section where you can edit a guide's name and description.

Page Targeting

Targeting is the process that you determine on what page or pages you want a guide or some other content to display.

A target is composed of A Rule and a URL bit and, its functioning is depicted as it is read from left to right.

Let's all look at the guide's targeting that is shown us here below:

If a page's URL equals to https://userguiding.com/, this means the sample guide will be displayed on it.

To have in-depth information, see also: What is Targeting?

Audience Segmentation

You can target all your users, only yourself, or specific audiences to see and interact with your Guides. When choosing the latter, your end-users must meet all segment rules to be included in it.

To learn how to create user segments, check this article.


Here, you can define a triggering method for your guides. This will be the predefined behavior of a guide to display for end-users.

Guide Trigger Settings

Auto Triggering

Auto is the default triggering method of a guide. It means that if end-users match the segmentation condition of a guide when they arrive on the targeted page(s), the guide will automatically show up.

Custom Triggering

Other methods besides auto-trigger are all considered as custom. If you choose any of the following custom triggering methods, your guide won't show up unless people trigger them with the way you set.

Custom triggering method examples are:

  • Triggering a guide via Checklists

  • Triggering a guide by using its hyperlink.

  • Triggering a guide by calling userGuiding.previewGuide(guide_id) in Javascript. Learn more

  • Events and triggers in Google Tag Manager.

  • Any prerequisite action that you can define to trigger a guide.

Important: The Guide ID is located under the Guide's Settings Page right next to the Status Field on top.

Appear Frequency

Always means that your guides will be shown to end-users of the correct segment each time they arrive on the targeted page.

Only Once means that your guides will be shown to end-users of the correct segment only once when they arrive on the targeted page.

Advanced Settings


Containers in UserGuiding are JavaScript code snippets that are used to install UserGuiding on web applications.

Each content you create such as guides, hotspots, checklists, etc. should be placed inside the embedded container code, to be displayed within your app.

At first, a guide is set to your default container. By changing its container, you can take a guide from one embed code and place it to a different one.

To have in-depth information, see also: What are the Containers?


Guides that you create with UserGuiding can look native-like, if you set a custom theme to them, befitting your web application.

To learn how to create a custom theme for your guides, you can read: Creating Themes


To preserve and publish the current setting of a guide or any other content, always remember to Save and click on the green publish changes button.

Publishing changes will make your guide's final state visible on your webpage.

Related Articles:
Activation Status and Trigger Types
Why my guide does not show up?

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