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I am seeking a module or technique to show forms (for example login form, register form etc.) and nodes in a modal window/pop up.

I found some modules that promise to do that, but none of them seems good for my use case:

What is the best way to have this feature. I would prefer a solution that is easily extendible to load nodes or other entities as well within a modal window.

What is the Drupal 7 way to do that?

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    I used Modal forms(with ctools) and it's quite good for my scenarios but like you said, it is seeking maintainer – Stone Vo Jun 21 '13 at 2:42
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No need to write single line of code.

To open node add/edit form in modal window, try below modules

https://www.drupal.org/project/ctools_automodal https://www.drupal.org/project/ctools_automodal_admin

I tried & it works properly for me.

To open node add form in modal admin/config/system/ctools_automodal_admin -> Modal content types and select content types.

To open node edit form in modal add node/%node/edit in Extra modal links textarea.

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The core module Overlay in combination with the Overlay Paths module might be a good choice (i'm using it at one of my sites).

Another solution which seems to fit better your question should be the Ctools Automodal and/or CTools Auto-modal Admin Interface modules. With a little theming you can have nice popup windows for any form.

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If you are using Twitter Bootstrap or Zurb Foundation I think it's not hard to do. Just copy the modules that you want to change to the custom folder (you have to create that folder in sites/all/modules) and then change some codes to fit the requirement of foundation or bootstrap. It's not that hard i think.

On the other hand, if you are not using those css/js frameworks. You can always use Jquery UI or other js. But make the changes always in the custom folder

I hope that help. Thank you

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Popup module allows builders to popup tooltip-like text, nodes, blocks, menus, forms, views and php-generated content. Even you can mention the block to appear in popup window. And it have the option to popup the login form, register form etc.

• Popup that provides the basic popup framework as well as a few basic popup styles.

• Popup block that provides block configuration options to allow any block to be displayed as a popup.

• Popup descriptions that replaces form item descriptions with popups.

• Popup filter that privides an input filter that replaces popup tags with popups in filterable content. (The popup suite grew from the Popup filter module).

• Popup menu that provides blocks of popup menus for each defined menu within the system.

• Popup nodereference that displays node references as popups.

• Popup UI that provides a means of managing popup display formats, as well as cck and views integration of node-reference fields

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