I found a discussion with some methods for d6 here http://drupal.org/node/344802 on how to change the node "Save" button text to sg else.

Any tips for d7? I would prefer to use form api.

4 Answers 4


you could use string overrides module or use hook:

function yourmodule_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state, $form_id) {
  if ($form_id == 'name_of_form') {
    $form['actions']['submit']['#value'] = 'Your button text';
  • Thanks, I only want to change it for a content type so string override is no good. I tried the form alter code but no change. I checked the $form with dpm, but it has no submit array , only a #submit which looks like sg else.
    – giorgio79
    Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 17:34
  • This worked for me. The $form_id is unique to the submit form of that content type, so it should work.
    – AndrewMRiv
    Commented Dec 14, 2016 at 20:18
  • for me it was an $form['ajax-submit']['#value'] = 'xyz', but I'm using the afb module to submit a node through a block form. Commented Aug 27, 2019 at 22:38

Here is an example: I have created a module called change_form_values and the form ID of my content type is content_type_test_node_form:

this work for me in Drupal 7:

function change_form_values_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state, $form_id) {
    //dsm($form_id); // to see form ID
    if ($form_id == "content_type_test_node_form") {
    $form['actions']['submit']['#value'] = 'New button text';

this work for me in Drupal 6:

function change_form_values_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state, $form_id) {
    if ($form_id == "content_type_test_node_form") {
    $form['buttons']['submit']['#value'] = 'New button text';

I hope information be useful.


I found the excellent Node buttons edit module for this and it works really our of the box using admin. Here is an excerpt about it from the module's project page:

This is a simple little module that allows one to change the text on the 'Save', 'Preview' and 'Delete' buttons on a node form.


For Drupal7 it's simple just:

$form['buttons'] = array(
    '#type' => 'submit',
    '#value' => t('Your desire text here'),

Wihtout adicional functions...

  • Nah, by that you'ld overwrite the whole button and reset possible other values given originally (#weight, #validate, #submit ...). You'ld better go only for the #value, like written in the other answers above.
    – leymannx
    Commented Mar 16, 2016 at 9:10
  • i tested with 3 form of my site and all of them are working fine... i guess what you said could be possible if your using some kind of callback function or ajax function related to the button.... Commented Mar 16, 2016 at 16:40

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