So I have this view with exposed filter of taxonomy terms with depth, I had selected some of the terms to limit the selection.

everything works just fine but the issue is that the default value of the exposed filter (combo-box) is set to the latest entry (taxonomy term), and I want to set it to that -All- thing.

I know that if I don't select any of the terms to limit the selection, it'll be set on -All- as default value for the exposed filter, but I don't wanna do that!

the question seems quite simple but I couldn't figure this out! thanks.

1 Answer 1


in template.php:

function MY_THEME_form_views_exposed_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state) {
  // dpm($form);
  if ($form['#id'] == 'MY_EXPOSED_FORM_ID') {
    // Modifications go here.
    // example: (change the field name to yours)
    // $form['field_adv_cat_1_tid']['#default_value'] = 'All';

then clear the cache.

  • Thanks xurshid for answer but the thing is I rather to fix it via views itself, if it's not possible I try template.php thing, btw I tried your approach and couldn't make it work, maybe I did sth wrong there, should I replace the ID of my select field in $form['field_adv_cat_1_tid']['#default_value'] = 'All'; instead of field_adv_cat_1_tid ?
    – Sohail
    Dec 25, 2013 at 11:25
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    @Sohail 1. This function is a hook_form_FORM_ID_alter() function. You can read about it by this link: api.drupal.org/api/drupal/modules!system!system.api.php/…. 2. open template.php file and paste above code into it, and change MY_THEME to your theme name. Clear cache and use dpm($form) to find the id of your form. Then change MY_EXPOSED_FORM_ID to your form's id.
    – xurshid29
    Dec 25, 2013 at 11:31
  • @Sohail here is a nice tutorial (unfortunately in russian) - xandeadx.ru/blog/drupal/304, shows how to work with Devel
    – xurshid29
    Dec 25, 2013 at 11:41
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    @Sohail, By default, Drupal replace underscore (_) in form id of the form into dash(-) when render HTML of the form. You should use views_exposed_form_resellers_page or check with dpm() function or print_r or var_dump. Dec 25, 2013 at 12:37
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    @xurshid29, I have checked views_exposed_form and found that #id attribute of form and #form_id is different. I think, as all exposed form has same form id (views_exposed_form), so views module is setting different #id attribute of the form for each different form. In drupal_prepare_form() in form.inc, then if #id attribute is not set, its converting form_id and setting to #id attribute of form. Dec 26, 2013 at 7:28

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