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I am trying to edit out the Quick Links and other Footer links so that I can install some widgets in that area that I created with Static Blocks. I cannot find where the links are located. I have tried all the pages that were default installations, same with Static blocks. I cannot find the links in the XML in the footer file.

I am a PHP developer, but brand new to Magento. It's driving me nuts that I cannot find these links and why my widget content aren't being added to the Footer section. Can someone please help? Every piece of Footer Links content I found on the Internet refers to Magento 1.7, which has a Footer Links page installed. Magento 1.9 doesn't have a page like that.

I loaded Magento 1.9 on my computer using XAMPP.

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I've answered a similar question before, here:

Changing the footer in magento theme

Just so this is a proper answer though, the footer for the 1.9 RWD theme is declared in app/design/frontend/rwd/default/layout/page.xml, the blocks are named footer_links and footer_links2.

You can get rid of them entirely by creating a local.xml (best practice as opposed to just editing page.xml) file in the layout folder and putting this in it:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<layout version="0.1.0">
    <default>
        <reference name="footer">
            <remove name="footer_links"/>
            <remove name="footer_links2"/>
        </reference>
    </default>
</layout>

Inside that reference node you can also add your own blocks or widgets. Welcome to the world of Magento!

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Try the instruction in the given link footer_links not displaying Magento 1.9.1 This may give you some hint to create and edit footer links. If you need to create your own then you need to specify identifier in local.xml

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