Editing variants for an existing product

You can add, remove, and edit variants for an existing product on its details page. This gives you the flexibility to change the variants you sell for a product at any time. You can also add variants while creating a new product.

Edit variants on the product details page

In the Variants section of a product's details page in the Shopify admin, there are several ways to edit the product's variants:

Change the display order of options

When your customers are viewing your products, they see variant options in a particular order. You can change the display order on the product details page.

Note

When you reorder variants, the order that they display in depends on the variants that the product has. If the product doesn't have a variant matching the order that you set, then the order of variants will automatically adjust depending on what variants the product has.

To change the display order of options:

  1. From your Shopify admin, click Products (or press G P P):

    Products

  2. Click the name of the product whose options you want to re-order.

  3. In the Variants section of the product details page, click Reorder variants:

    Reorder variants
  4. In the Reorder variants and options dialog, click and drag an option name to move it to a different position:

    Reorder variants

    When a customer is on the product page, they will see the options for this product in the order that you set.

  5. After you have the options in the order that you want, you can change the display order of the option values. Click and drag an option value to move it to a different position:

    Reorder variant options

    When a customer is on the product page, they will see the option values for each option in the order that you set.

  6. Click Save.

Change variant details

You can make changes to the details for a specific variant. For example, you might want to change the price of the variant, or add an image.

To edit the details for a specific variant:

Add a variant for an existing product

Edit a product's options

You can add, remove, or edit options and option values from the product details page:

Add a variant by duplicating an existing variant

You can duplicate a variant to save time when adding similar variants, rather than entering the same details again. The duplicate variant has the same details as the original variant. Before you can save a new variant, you need to edit at least one of the option values in the duplicate information. You can't save an exact duplicate.

  1. From your Shopify admin, click Products (or press G P P):

    Products

  2. Click the name of the product that requires additional variants.

  3. In the Variants section, click Edit next to a similar variant to open its details, then click Duplicate.

  4. Edit at least one option value to create a unique variant. You can add a new option value, or one that is already in use for the product variants.

  5. Click Save.

Add several variants using a bulk action

You might need to add several variants at once. While you can add them one at a time, using a bulk action to duplicate existing variants with the new option value will be faster.

For example, you might sell a t-shirt with two options, such as size and color. The size option might have three option values: small, medium, or large. The color option might have two option values: blue or green. You would have six possible variants with these option values. Then you might want to add another color: pink. You could use a bulk action to add the three new variants at once:

Bulk duplicate variants

When you use a bulk action to add new variants, you are selecting multiple similar variants and duplicating their details while changing at least one option value.

First, select the variants to duplicate:

  1. From your Shopify admin, click Products (or press G P P):

    Products

  2. Click the name of the product that needs additional variants.

  3. In the Variants section, select variants to duplicate. The variants you select need to have the same option value for the option you are adding, and different option values for all other options, such as green t-shirts in small, medium, and large:

Select green variants

Tip

To quickly select a set of variants, you can click an option value beside Select. All the variants with that option value will be checked.

After you select the variants that you want to duplicate, you can use a bulk action to add new variants:

  1. In the Bulk actions dropdown, select the option name for the new variant that you want to create:

    Select duplicate variant
  2. In the Duplicate Variants dialog, enter the new option value:

    Enter variant option
  3. Click Done.

The product will now have new variants with the option value that you entered, and the other option values duplicated from the variants that you selected.

Delete a variant

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