In Drupal 7, several modules on the user edit page provide options in collapsible fieldsets (I think this is the right word-- you can click the title above the option and the area containing the option will "collapse" and fold up).

For example, * timezone (Core) * whether to receive e-mail notifications upon receipt of messages from other members (privatemsg) * disable HTML mail (mimemail)

However, I would prefer to have the titles of these options to be regular titles (i.e., even if you click them, they don't collapse; nothing happens). How can I override this behavior?

I tried the following code based on this question:

function mymodule_form_user_profile_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state, $form_id) {
    $form['timezone']['#collapsible'] = FALSE;

However, after clearing my cache, the timezone field is still collapsible on the user edit page.

EDIT: I had accidentally called form_user_profile_form_alter twice. Consolidating the two overrides fixed my problem.

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The easier way is to set the #collapsible property to FALSE.
As far as I know, when #collapsible is set to FALSE, #collapsed is not used anymore, which means the fieldsets are shown as visible; if that is not the case, then set also #collapsed to FALSE.

Clearly, this works only for fieldsets; for other form fields, those properties are not used.

As side note, on Drupal 8 collapsible fieldsets are implemented using "details" as form field (at least from the Drupal core code); if you are going to loop through the elements of a form to check for which ones the property should be set, the code should be similar to the following one, for Drupal 8.

foreach (element_children($form) as $id) {
  if (!empty($form[$id]) && ($form[$id]['#type'] == 'details' || $form[$id]['#type'] == 'fieldset')) {
    $form[$id]['#collapsible'] = FALSE;
    $form[$id]['#collapsed'] = FALSE;

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