Does anyone know what is the criteria of the order in which the Component Templates are displayed in the ribbon toolbar in Experience Manager? Is it possible to establish what is the default Component Template when you want to insert a new Component (despite the use of regions)?

Thanks in advance.

  • IIRC, you can specify which CTs are allowed as part of the region configuration/markup. Not sure about the order
    – Nuno Linhares
    Sep 16, 2017 at 13:24

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In Component Template definition inside Content Manager, you can define Priority to control it's order. FYI, For each Page template, you can restrict Component templates to be used.

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    I don't think this priority is used in XPM, this is for linking priority.
    – Nuno Linhares
    Sep 16, 2017 at 13:23

As far as I'm aware there is no way to specify the order in which the Component Templates are listed in the Layout tab of the Ribbon Bar in XPM.

I'm not a 100% sure what is determining the order, it is either one of the following I believe:

  1. The order is simply by item ID, the item with the lowest ID is displayed first
  2. The order is based on the order of the Templates in the allowedComponentTypes of the Start Region XPM markup

I'm pretty sure it is following #1, but #2 might be in play, and is something you could try in case you have a Start Region XPM markup on your Page.

  • Thanks Bart. I'll try with the Regions allowedComponentTypes. Sep 19, 2017 at 7:37
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    Based on the comments in @Peter's answer on SO on regions, I'd assume the order for the list of Component Template icons in XPM is also by GetListComponentTemplates (#1 in @Bart's answer), which is controllable by a Data Extender. Maybe someone closer to the code could confirm. :-) Sep 19, 2017 at 8:59

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