When you create a node or a block you get a contextual link icon in top right of the item when hovering and etc. It is easy to edit content like that and etc.

When you create a view page and display multiple nodes via it, there are no contextual links hovering on those items and the only way to edit those is via Content.

I.e. I have a Panels page. It has a node at the top area of the page and it has that hovering icon for contextual links and it is easy to edit that node while viewing this panels page.

And then at the bottom area there's is a view which shows some grid-listed nodes too and none of those nodes has access to contextual links.

So is this possible somehow to add contextual links to nodes shown via Views?

2 Answers 2


Solved it myself.


  1. Enable Global: Contextual Links and Content: Edit Link fields
  2. Exclude Content: Edit Link from display
  3. In Global: Contextual Links settings, select the Content: Edit Link

However this works correctly and fine only while in preview mode, when watching the actual page in action the links nor the cog icon does not appear. As I understand this is some kind of a bug.

To fix that, you need to add additional CSS to your theme, which is (in my case):

.views-field-contextual-links {
  position: relative;

And now everything works fine, every element has it's own drop down cog/link.

  • I missed the Global: Conditional Links. Good answer!
    – Jack-PL
    Commented Nov 9, 2013 at 0:11
  • I don't see "Global: Conditional Links". Did you mean "Global: Contextual Links" or is it something else? (Note: after trying, I think it's the same thing. Great answer!)
    – s427
    Commented Mar 10, 2014 at 11:39
  • 1
    You're right, it's Global: Contextual Links. I fixed it in the answer.
    – user13176
    Commented Mar 10, 2014 at 15:51
  • It's important to first add the "Content: Edit Link" field. Then add "Global: Contextual Links". Then while adding the contextual link field you are able to choose the "Content: Edit Link" as the required field.
    – devunder
    Commented Aug 22, 2018 at 11:47

In Drupal 8 this is currently broken (as of 8.3.2). Until this is fixed, here is an alternative:

  • Add the "Link to Edit Content" field to your view
    • Give it a label like "Edit node"
    • Choose to Exclude from display
  • Add the "Global: Dropbutton" field to your view
    • Selecting the above Link to Edit Content in the settings
  • Rearrange the fields to be at the top of your view
  • Depending on your theme you may need to style this yourself. Here's some simple CSS you can start with:

    .contextual-region.view .views-field-dropbutton {
        display: none;
        position: absolute;
        right: 0;
    .contextual-region.view:hover .views-field-dropbutton {
        display: block;

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