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Element Index Defaults Plugin for Craft CMS

Element Index Defaults is a Craft CMS plugin to help set useful defaults for your element indexes. This only sets the default columns on element indexes - you can still use the small 'cog' icon to edit table columns on a per-source basis as normal.


You can install Element Index Defaults via the plugin store, or through Composer.

Craft Plugin Store

To install Element Index Defaults, navigate to the Plugin Store section of your Craft control panel, search for Element Index Defaults, and click the Try button.


You can also add the package to your project using Composer.

To install the plugin, follow these instructions.

  1. Open your terminal and go to your Craft project:

     cd /path/to/project
  2. Then tell Composer to load the plugin:

     composer require verbb/element-index-defaults
  3. In the Control Panel, go to Settings → Plugins and click the “Install” button for Element Index Defaults.

###Supported Elements:

  • Assets
  • Categories
  • Entries

Control Panel

Install the plugin, go to Settings > Element Index Defaults. Use the menu on the left to select your element, and enable/disable, and move any columns around. Be sure to save - and you're done!

Configuration File

For even more flexibility, make a config file as part of your regular Craft setup, and never have to worry about it again. Create a file named element-index-defaults.php in your config folder for Craft. You'll have access to the following:


return [
    'Entry' => [
    'Category' => [
    'Asset' => [


All settings are stored in the plugin's settings, so if you ever have trouble, simply uninstall the plugin, and indexes will go back to their default state.

Show your Support

Element Index Defaults is licensed under the MIT license, meaning it will always be free and open source – we love free stuff! If you'd like to show your support to the plugin regardless, buy us a 🍻. Please note that this does not entitle you to any form of support, and is completely optional.


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