For example:

I created a content type with 2 fields, the default values are:

Field 1 = A
Field 2 = B

When creating BRAND new content items, the fields show up on display with populated default data:


But when editing content that was created BEFORE creating the fields it doesn't work.

Is it normal that the default fields will only work on NEW content items?

I want to be able to add fields to items

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Is it normal that the default fields will only work on NEW content items?

Yes, that is normal.

The way I work around that to update the OLD fields:

  1. Go to the database and export the field table.

    • For format: select CSV (do not select "CSV for MS Excel")
  2. Open the .csv file in Excel and make changes to the values.

    • To replicate a cel fast in excel, highlight 1 cel and move mouse to the right bottom corner of the cel (cursor will change to a +), then hold down left click and scroll down.
  3. Import back to the DB and check-mark "replace table data with file".

  4. In Drupal, clear/flush the caches to see changes.

  • Wow! That sounds like a lot of work...isn't there a module to automate this, maybe VBO or something? How can I avoid having to go into PHPmyadmin to do this? Mar 21, 2016 at 3:47
  • For me it feels quick, but yeah, if you want to avoid using phpmyadmin, then VBO should do the trick.
    – No Sssweat
    Mar 21, 2016 at 3:48
  • I'm in PHPmyadmin now, but can't find the field in question, it's a display suite field called field_quote , how to find it, search it? Mar 21, 2016 at 3:56
  • Use the "filter items by name" box, under your database name. (top left) Then just type quote.
    – No Sssweat
    Mar 21, 2016 at 4:00
  • table name should be field_data_field_quote
    – No Sssweat
    Mar 21, 2016 at 4:01

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