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When i add a component to the page and do associate content to the rendering, along with datasource location that i set in Datasource location field of the rendering, i get Data folder also. I need to remove the Data item that comes up in Datasource selection. Attaching the screenshot for the same enter image description here

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This is part of SXA functionality.

Data item represents page relative data source folder

By default you can store data source in:

  • global folder /sitecore/content/T/S/Data/Texts/Text1
  • page relative, under page /sitecore/content/T/S/Home/tests/Data/Text2)

if you will remove it you will hide/remove part of the functionality.

If you really want to remove it or show only in a certain scenario, patch this processor or add logic afterward.

<processor type="Sitecore.XA.Foundation.LocalDatasources.Pipelines.GetRenderingDatasource.AddPageDataFolder, Sitecore.XA.Foundation.LocalDatasources" />

in getRenderingDatasource pipeline.

Note

Data folder that you highlighted is virtual until you actually create something underneath, which means it doesn't exist until you create first page relative data source.

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