To change it globally to excerpt for every post type I can use:

function my_default_posts_list_mode( $default ) {
  return 'excerpt';
add_filter( 'default-posts-list-mode', 'my_default_posts_list_mode' );

But how can I achieve the same only for a Custom Post Type?


I've created a Custom Post Type. In WP Admin the default view mode is set to list (edit.php?post_type=my_post_type&mode=list). I want it to be excerpt, but only for my Custom Post Type not affecting other post types.

I can do this manually by adding &mode=excerpt to the URL like so: edit.php?post_type=my_post_type&mode=excerpt, however I want this to be done automatically.

  • Can you expand more on the problem you are having? Thanks. Commented Nov 7, 2014 at 17:27
  • @iambriansreed I've updated my question.
    – SLH
    Commented Nov 7, 2014 at 17:34

1 Answer 1


To change the mode URL variable but in the load try this:

add_action( 'load-edit.php', 'my_default_posts_list_mode' );
function my_default_posts_list_mode() {

    $post_type = isset( $_GET['post_type'] ) ? $_GET['post_type'] : '';
    if ( $post_type && $post_type == 'my_post_type' && !isset( $_REQUEST['mode'] ) )
        $_REQUEST['mode'] = 'excerpt';

Got the "insipration" from here: Set Default Listing "View" in Admin

  • Thanks, but where I can set my CPT name?
    – SLH
    Commented Nov 7, 2014 at 17:46
  • Sorry, just added it now. Check it out. Commented Nov 7, 2014 at 17:50
  • There are two buttons under "Search" in posts listing: List View and Excerpt View. I can't switch back to List View. And your code affects all post types ;/
    – SLH
    Commented Nov 7, 2014 at 17:58
  • Ok. Should be good now. Change my_post_type to the necessary post type. Commented Nov 7, 2014 at 17:58
  • I've change my_post_type in your updated code but it's still affecting all post types and I can't switch back to list view in my custom post type. It's weird - I'm dealing with it about 3 days ;s
    – SLH
    Commented Nov 7, 2014 at 18:00

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