Here's the normal template for Advanced Forum:

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I'd like to modify the template of advanced forum so that I can

  1. Remove the elements in red
  2. Rearrange the elements in blue
  3. Edit the elements in green
  4. Display the topic starter's profile2 picture

so that I can achieve the result below:

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So far, I've tried editing advanced-forum.naked.topic-list.tpl.php but it doesn't change anything. I've managed to remove some of the content with Panels but I cannot modify what's left over here.

3 Answers 3


When I had to do this I found there are lots of template files and it's not obvious what controls what. I ended up putting die() in each one to find out which template file was used for each view, and then a case of trial and error to make the changes I wanted.

When you have worked out which files need editing then you should copy them from:


to your theme at:


Any files here will override the ones in the advanced forum themes folder.

  • Thanks :) Now I've found the template file and I notice that they are printing things like $header and $rows. How do I modify the content of these variables? I ran global $rows; dsm($rows); with devel and nothing appears, but when I remove that line, it's clear that $rows contain information. running dsm($user) prints $user correctly so devel is working properly.
    – ashash
    Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 16:13
  • Oh wait, I think I've found what I need here admin/structure/views/view/advanced_forum_topic_list
    – ashash
    Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 16:21
  • Sounds like you've found it - it will be in another template file somewhere.
    – Felix Eve
    Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 17:24
  • ah actually I didn't need to edit the template. I used views to acheive what I needed :)
    – ashash
    Commented Apr 5, 2014 at 18:07
  • Sounds like a good solution - those templates are tricky!
    – Felix Eve
    Commented Apr 7, 2014 at 8:04

I achieved what I wanted (rearrange, add and remove fields, and set the display format for the time format) just by using views here : admin/structure/views/view/advanced_forum_topic_list


Just to update the answer from @Felix Eve - if doing it in your own theme in Drupal 7 (which is recommended) then save the "naked" file here, ie with a hyphen and no "naked":

  • Thank you so much for this. This naked suffix is really weird. Commented May 21, 2017 at 12:33

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