How to clone a teammate's settings
When Front admins invite a new teammate, they are able to clone a subset of settings from an existing teammate. The selected settings and resources will be inherited by the newly invited teammate to give them a head start on setup. With this template of settings from the existing teammate, admins can then quickly make specific changes to the teammate's settings, without needing to manually create each setting such as shared inbox access, signatures, responses, and more. The feature is helpful for setting up a large number of users who have the same or similar preferences.
How it works
What is cloned
In general, all team inbox access and most individual settings are cloned from the existing teammate. You can select and unselect any category.
The specific settings within each category that are/aren't cloned are:
All Teams and shared inboxes are cloned.
All personal preferences are cloned except:
All individual message templates are cloned except:
All individual signatures are cloned.
All notification settings are cloned except:
What is not cloned
The categories that are not cloned, and thus, not listed in the cloning options, are:
- Individual inboxes
- Individual rules
- Individual tags
Even though these categories are not cloned, admins can still manage individual inboxes and individual rules for the teammate on the teammates' settings page.
Things to note
A few helpful things to know about this feature:
- If a teammate already exists and has settings, you cannot use the clone feature to override their settings. This feature is only for new teammates.
- If an admin invites a new teammate by cloning at the Team level and not at the Company level, then the new teammate will only get access to inboxes within that one Team, even if the existing teammate being cloned from has access to other inboxes. For example, if existing Teammate A has access to Team 1 and Team 2, and the admin clones new Teammate B at the Team 1 level, then Teammate B will only have access to Team 1 and not Team 2.
- When you invite a new teammate by cloning at the Company level, the new teammate will inherit the roles of the existing teammate. You cannot edit the roles until the invite is sent. When you invite a new teammate by cloning from the Team level, you can choose to give the new teammate a different role from the existing teammate at the cloning step.
Click into Settings, and Teammates under the Company section or the specific Team you want to add the teammate into.
Click Invite a teammate.
Fill in the email, first name, and last name of the new teammate. In the section Clone from teammate, choose the existing teammate you want to clone from.
By default, all categories are selected to clone from (see above section for the specifics of what is cloned in each category). Unselect any categories you do not want to clone.
You will land on the teammate settings page. Check through the categories on the left to ensure the settings are what you expect. If you want to customize any non-cloned settings such as individual inboxes and rules for the teammate, you can do so here.
How to use a teammate template to invite a new user
Teammate templates make setting up new users simple. You can use them when inviting a new user:
When adding a new user, click the dropdown for Clone from teammate.
Your teammate templates will show up at the top of the list. Choose your template and finish inviting the user to configure their settings with the template.
Cloning from a teammate template works the same way as cloning from a regular teammate except that you will also be cloning the Workspace display, which controls which team tags, inboxes, and teammates a new user will see pinned in their left navigation panel.
However, regular users often update their preferences or gain new permissions as they use Front more and more, so they may not reflect the configuration you want for the new user. Teammate templates are designed to allow you to control your new user settings to ensure they are configured correctly.