How Do You Change the Default "Sort by" Option in Shopify?

Learn how to sort products in Shopify by changing the default "Sort by" option to showcase your products your way.

Elijah Adebayo - Writer for Egnition
By Elijah Adebayo
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Edited by Michelle Meyer

Updated July 4, 2023.

Learning how to sort products in Shopify can help you customize your store's display and better organize your products to highlight your bestsellers. Changing the default "Sort by" option is one way to achieve this and showcase your products your way—and you can find the steps for doing so below.

Is There More Than One "Sort by" Option in Shopify?

As a Shopify seller, you can sort your products in several different ways, including:

  • Manual order selection
  • Best-selling products
  • Price: highest to lowest
  • Price: lowest to highest
  • Alphabetical order
  • Reverse alphabetical order
  • Newest to oldest
  • Oldest to newest

Step-by-Step Guide to Change Your Default Sorting Options

On most Shopify themes, the default alphabetical sorting order is applied to any collection you add. However, this sorting option may not suit your shop if it requires a more user-friendly display of featured or best-selling products first. Here's what you need to do to change your sorting settings.

1. Change the Sort Order for the Products in a Collection

  1. From your Shopify admin panel, go to Products > Collections.
  2. Screenshot of finding products and collection on the Shopify dashboard as part of the process to change the sorting order of products in a collection
  3. Select a collection.
  4. Screenshot of choosing a collection on the Shopify dashboard in the process of changing the sorting of products in a collection
  5. Under the Products section, click the drop-down list beside Sort and select your preferred sort-by order.
  6. Screenshot of selecting the sorting order of products in a collection
  7. When selecting Manually, you simply click and drag the products in the list to reorder them.
  8. Screenshot of sorting products manually in a Shopify collection
  9. Another option is to click and select one or more products in the list. Select Move to reorder them into the desired position within the collection.
  10. Screenshot of moving selected products in a Shopify collection

» Expanding your collection? Learn how to group and add new products to your Shopify collections

Automatically Sort and Organize Products in Collections

By creating precise sorting rules, you can automate your online merchandising tasks to improve sales and save time.

  • Customize sorting rules for each collection based on product type.
  • Use tags to organize your products and sort them in a specific order.
  • Add featured products to the top of collections either manually or automatically.

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2. Change the Default Sorting Option on the Products Page

  1. Create a new collection and change the title to All.
  2. Screenshot of creating a new collection as part of the process to change the default sorting order on product pages
  3. Under collection type, select Automated.
  4. Screenshot of changing the collection type as part of the process to change the default sorting order on product pages
  5. For Products must match, select All conditions.
  6. Screenshot to adjust the collection condition as part of the process to change the default sorting order on product pages
  7. Set Product Price to is greater than 0.
  8. Screenshot to confirm pricing settings in the process of changing the default sorting order on product pages
  9. Click Save.

This process will automatically apply to all the products in your Shopify store.

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» Here's how to add a product to a Shopify page

3. Remove the "Sort by" Drop-Down Menu

  1. Go to the Theme editor.
  2. Screenshot of accessing the Theme editor on a Shopify store
  3. In the theme preview, click Collections on the drop-down menu from the search bar.
  4. Screenshot of selecting collection the theme editor preview
  5. In the theme editor, click on Product Grid in the Template section.
  6. Screenshot of locating the product grid in the Shopify theme editor
  7. Scroll down and uncheck Enable Sorting.
  8. Screenshot of unchecking the enable filtering function to remove the default sort by drop-down menu in a Shopify store
  9. Click Save.

Bringing Your Product Sorting to Order

Considering the right sorting method for your inventory is crucial for displaying your merchandise in the best light. For example, if you're a fashion retailer, you may find that sorting your products by release date works better for your store than sticking to the default sorting option.

Luckily, by trying out some of the techniques above, you can optimize your store's product display and boost your bottom line. What's more, you can rely on Egnition's Bestsellers reSort app for even more customization options.

Check out how it can help you create precise sorting rules that best fit your business:

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