I can't seem to force an empty field to display so that it can be edited with editable fields. I installed the Empty fields module which adds an option in the pane settings but still no luck.

Has anyone had success with this?

Edit: Form content with added submit buttons work, but Page Content is far more user friendly.

  • In empty display options, did you type something for the custom value?
    – No Sssweat
    Commented Mar 13, 2016 at 7:49
  • Yep.. If I set a value and then delete it, that custom value displays until a page refresh. Commented Mar 13, 2016 at 7:50

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In your /sites/all/theme/YourTheme/template.php file, you could try using

function YourThemeName_preprocess_content_field(&$variables) {

    if (!isset($variables['field_name']) {
    $variables['field_name'] = ' ';

but I don't know if the empty ' ' will show.

  • I went for an editable view pane which let me put a few fields in one pane.. Works fine. Good advice though. Commented Mar 13, 2016 at 15:49

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