I'm just beginning to learn theming Drupal 7, and have encountered something I can't seem to find any info on (and my experiments have no effect).

In tao/rubik theme, and in many others there is the views-view-grid.tpl.php template which arranges the resulting items from a view in a grid design.

Now, at the very end, after splitting into rows and columns there is a print $item which is the section that prints the actual node content/teaser in the grid square. I'm assuming the content is a node, since this is what I set the view block to display, also I set it to display the full content of that single node.

However, no matter what I do, I can't seem to modify the template of this node... how should the template be called? should it be placed somewhere special?

What am I missing?

  • Not sure if it's just a typo in the question but in Drupal 7 the template naming convention would mean the file should be called views--view--grid.tpl.php
    – Clive
    Jun 28, 2012 at 19:54
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    Did you click on "Rescan template files" in Views >> Style Information >> Theme:Information ? Jun 28, 2012 at 20:01
  • Hi, Copied the template name directly from the template folder. As to the Rescan, Yes I did... change to the Grid template did indeed have effect, but not on the $item which is another level in, I guess. Jun 28, 2012 at 20:03

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If you are asking how to theme the display of a node, those templates have names like node.tpl.php, node--NID.tpl.php, node--TYPE.tpl.php, etc. Lots of information on templates can be found here

  • Also, in the view edit form, check for Advanced -> Other -> Theme: Information Jun 29, 2012 at 3:22
  • missed that single - ... now it works. how stupid of me. Jun 29, 2012 at 14:34
  • we've all been there; no one is stupid when it comes to missed dashes in drupal templates!
    – Jimajamma
    Jun 29, 2012 at 14:43

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