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On the manage display page of a given content type, you can choose between various display settings. The most commons are "teaser" and "default" or "full content".

However, there's also a "token" display mode (disabled by default). I assume it's added by the token contrib module, but I have no idea what its purpose is and how we're supposed to take advantage of it?

Also: is it typically used somewhere that I'm not aware of? Can it be safely deleted if it's not activated?

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    I believe (though may be terribly wrong) that is for altering the tokens. So if I would use [node:field_image] it would normally display the image with the content type default image style (large), however you can force another image style for the token. – Neograph734 Jan 16 '17 at 11:13
  • Oooh, yes, that would make sense AND it would be very interesting! I'll test that, since I need to use tokens to set meta tags on a new site. – s427 Jan 16 '17 at 11:24
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As Neograph734 commented, it allows you to change the output of field tokens without actually changing the default display of the field. You can find more information here: https://www.drupal.org/node/1299662

Actually, a similar question already has been answered: Effective use of tokens view mode?

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