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

Easily change the default "Sort by" option in Shopify by following these steps.

Elijah Adebayo - Writer for Egnition
By Elijah Adebayo
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Edited by Nelsy Mtsweni

Published June 28, 2024.

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Mastering Shopify's "Sort by" feature is essential for customizing and optimizing your online store. This feature allows you to strategically organize products, showcasing your bestsellers or preferred items first. Here's how to manipulate the Shopify "Sort by" options to enhance your store's functionality and user engagement.

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Understanding Shopify Sort Options

Shopify provides several "Sort by" options for your products. The default setting is usually set to ‘Best selling.’ However, depending on your store and what you sell, you might want to change the default to something else to better suit your store’s needs, such as one of these "Sort by" options:

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

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Understanding how to change the default "Sort by" option when managing your Shopify store is essential for showcasing your merchandise effectively. For example, if you're a fashion retailer, you may find that sorting your products by the newest arrivals offers a more appealing presentation.

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.

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

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Change the Default Sorting Option on the Products Page

Beyond the "Sort by" options, Shopify also allows you to automatically organize your product listings more effectively. Follow the steps to leverage this capability to feature specific items prominently and enhance revenue:

  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.

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

How to Remove the "Sort by" Drop-Down Menu

Sometimes, less is more. To remove "Sort by" options in Shopify to simplify your customers’ shopping experience and guide them towards making a purchase, follow these steps:

  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

Shopify offers a range of "Sort by" options, allowing you to tailor your product display to your specific needs. By experimenting with different Shopify sort options, you can enhance your store's visual appeal and potentially increase sales. Rely on Egnition's Bestsellers reSort app for additional customization capabilities, making it easier than ever to change "Sort by" options on Shopify.

» Discover how Bestsellers reSort can help you create precise sorting rules that best fit your business

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