In the Panels UI, when you are editing a variant, you have the option to Export the variant, and the tooltip says "Export the variant into code to import into another page."

This is exactly what I would like to do, but where do I paste the code to import it? When I choose Add variant, I don't see an option to import, and I don't see an import option in the Page Manager UI (admin/structure/pages) either.

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If you are not the super admin (user id = 1) on your drupal site.

You need to give the permission for "Use CTools importer" to be able to import a variant.


there should be an import button at the top of the page beside the Add Variant:

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  • Hmmm... I have Disable, Add variant, and Reorder variants, but not Import variant. Is there some other dependency I need? Apr 28, 2015 at 16:14
  • All I have turned on is Panels, and Panel Nodes to see the import option..
    – Geoff
    Apr 28, 2015 at 16:17
  • I took a look at a couple of other sites of mine, one is a near vanilla test site, and they all contain the import variant, one with only Panels enabled. I would suspect something is overriding or interfering in your specific set-up
    – Geoff
    Apr 28, 2015 at 16:27

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