I have an ajax exposed filter in the views. When user select option from filter it loads content. But when I click on item on view and press browser back button, exposed filter resets and default option is selected. Same thing happen when I refresh the page.

Is there any way in view to preserve the last selected option? Same thing happens when I click on page number of views.

Thank you.

3 Answers 3


You'll have to turn off ajax to get this to work until this issue is resolved. See http://drupal.org/node/1248332

Then edit your exposed filter(s) and check off "Remember last selection".

  • Is there any work around so that I can have ajax also.
    – cissharp
    Commented Jan 15, 2013 at 15:19
  • Not until that issue I mentioned above is fixed. You can help it along by offering to test. Commented Jan 15, 2013 at 23:58
  • Can this be done with some module so user can press "back" button or something similar on website, so he does not have to use browsers back button.
    – Azz Kawa
    Commented Sep 26, 2015 at 16:27

Thank you user2890. For anyone who comes across this, here is my improved version of user2890's code:

$('.views-exposed-widget select').each(function() {
    if (
        $(this).find(':selected').val() !==

So this code would trigger 'change' event only if the selected option in the UI is different from the the option with selected="selected" attribute in HTML. As user2890 mentioned, you can put this code in $(document).ready().


A better solution is to use some Javascript. If you're using AJAX, you're already reliant on it. Here's a one liner, using jQuery.

    if($('.views-exposed-widget select').length) {
        $('.views-exposed-widget select').trigger('change');

That goes in a normal document.ready brace. It will fire a change event on the select element, thereby triggering it's AJAX event.

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