Can't believe I've never had to do this before, but I need to unpublish approx 1500 components - unlike structure groups I cant just right-click there is no such option for folders.

We're using Fredhopper so this is important as I need the unpublish to go through the publishing extension that will instruct Fredhopper to drop its reference as well.

I tried to use a Virtual Folder/Saved Search and tweak the number of items setting - <NumberOfItems>1500</NumberOfItems> - to give me a complete list I could then select all on but this always gives me a timeout error.

Is there a better way?

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    Any idea if the timeout is related to your search collection maintenance? Maybe rebuilding the index would help?
    – Nuno Linhares
    Nov 18, 2013 at 16:18
  • Why can't you choose the templates of the components and un-publish the template? Nov 18, 2013 at 16:20
  • I think that maybe my best option Pankaj - its just that there are 15 - 20 templates marked as dynamic and I wanted a more direct way to just list all published components.
    – Neil
    Nov 18, 2013 at 17:05
  • Thanks Nuno - so in theory should the search be able to return over 500 items? I ask this because thats the default in the GUI.
    – Neil
    Nov 18, 2013 at 17:06
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    Very good question. I am pretty sure the default is just there to prevent "regular" users from creating search folders with 10.000 items in it - overriding the default in the Search Folder definition used to work for sure in the 5.x days, I would expect it to still work today.
    – Nuno Linhares
    Nov 18, 2013 at 18:54

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If you're using SDL Tridion 2013 you can use the bundles feature to publish / un-publish the components you need as one transaction.

The official bundle documentation (log on required) is thin, but explains that it's perfectly possible

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