I have a fairly straightforward view, which exposes a simple keyword filter to the user.

Currently, when I first land on the page containing this view, all records are displayed (i.e., the search results are unfiltered).

How can I alter this behavior, so that no search results are displayed until the user has entered a keyword and submitted the form?

(I'm converting an old Drupal 7 site to Drupal 8. On the D7 site, the view does not show search results when I first land on the page. Is this a difference in behavior between the Views implementation in D7 and D8? I can't find anything in the D7 site to suggest that this difference in behavior is caused by a module.)

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    Could you just make the keyword filter required?
    – Clive
    Jun 2, 2020 at 18:43
  • Thanks for the suggestion. I tried this, but it resulted in the "no results found" message being displayed on the initial page view, which isn't what I want. Jun 3, 2020 at 12:42

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You can change that under Advanced Views options (third column): Exposed form style:

Views Exposed Form options

After you choose Input required, you can adjust further options, including the text to display before any filters are active:

Views Input Required Settings

If you're using Better Exposed Filters module it has an option for it too:

Input required
Only display results after the user has selected a filter option.

It hasn't changed since D7, it works the same in D8 as it did in D7.

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