I would like to add a link to the CMS menu on the Magento Admin panel for the Media Library, just under the polls link.

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to link to...

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I tried creating a module with the below adminhtml.xml

                <medialink translate="title" module="cms">
                    <title>Media Library</title>
                            <medialink translate="title">
                                <title>Media Library</title>

This only succeeds in adding the link to the menu, the <action>adminhtml/cms_wysiwyg_images</action> does not work as I'd hoped. The link directs the user to a broken page, not the proper media library.

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Looking more closely at the ajax calls in the browser when you open the media library I see MediabrowserUtility.openDialog is called from /js/mage/adminhtml/browser.js. Although browser.js is not loaded on the dashboard.

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    i think you have to load it via ajax somehow. This would be an awesome addition to magento1! I had to explain so many customers how to just add an image to the media library and it's so over complicated that many customers don't get it. I will look into this when I find the time Commented Mar 21, 2016 at 18:21
  • There's an extension lanot file manager that does pretty much what you ask.
    – ladle3000
    Commented Mar 22, 2016 at 1:04
  • @DavidVerholen, thanks. I had a closer look as to how the media library is being loaded. See my update. Not sure how to add this to a module though
    – Holly
    Commented Mar 22, 2016 at 9:39

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The action you are trying to point to is meant to be called via ajax.
If you take a look at the method Mage_Adminhtml_Cms_Wysiwyg_ImagesController::indexAction() you will find this:

public function indexAction()
    $storeId = (int) $this->getRequest()->getParam('store');

    try {
    } catch (Exception $e) {
    $block = $this->getLayout()->getBlock('wysiwyg_images.js');
    if ($block) {

The line $this->_initAction()->loadLayout('overlay_popup'); means that the default layout handle is not loaded. Instead overly_popup layout handle is loaded. That's why you get the "broken" page.

Maybe you should create a custom controller action that calls the page you need via ajax. This should solve your problem.

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