I'm editing a bunch of categories for this Magento site and I am hitting a wall.

I'm only trying to change the Name, the status of the Is Active and the Includes in Navigation Menu.

On the categories that contain a low amount of products, it works fine, updates within a few seconds..

On the categories with say over 100 products, it seems to be stuck on a 'Please Wait..' pop up box screen.


When editing products and categories the indexes are rebuilt for the entities you edit. This takes a lot of time specially for rebuilding category-product associations.

Go to System->Index Management and set the mode for all your indexes to manual.
Then do your changes and rebuild the indexes manually.

When you're done you can set the mode for the indexes back to update on save.

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  • Should indexes be changed back to 'on save' before manually reindexing to catch any changes between the two operations? Just a thought. – Smartie Sep 15 '15 at 11:37
  • I'm not sure I completely understand your statement, but I don't think it's important if you change the mode to on save before or after you rebuild the indexes. The idea is to have them on manual as long as you do heavy changes for the category tree. – Marius Sep 15 '15 at 11:39
  • Thankyou mate, this worked for me – A. Lal Sep 15 '15 at 12:40

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