I just want to add the default filter in my sidebar. When looking at the official Magento demo, you can see this on the left sidebar (Shopping Options.) I assume this is available out of the box to enable since the Magento demo shouldn't be using community modules (I think.)

  • Can you please eloborate your question and explain in detail what exactly you want.
    – Dexter
    Feb 24, 2014 at 7:40
  • I don't understand how I can elaborate...I want the sidebar filter as in the link? How do I enable the sidebar filter?
    – o_O
    Feb 24, 2014 at 7:46
  • There is no sidebar filter in the link. Do you want the default product filter as in this link http://demo.magentocommerce.com/apparel
    – Dexter
    Feb 24, 2014 at 8:01

2 Answers 2


Goto Admin panel

Catalog->Manage Categories

Click on your category then goto Display Setting Tab

Set Is Anchor -> yes

now you'll set filter options in left side bar.

If you not get the filter,

in admin panel category edit check Custom design Tab

set page layout as 2columns-left.phmtl or 3columns.phtml

or check your catalog.xml file in that make sure the category view page template is 2columns-left.phmtl or 3columns.phtml

  • I have followed the above step and filter is showing on the product page but right now its only showing the price filter. One more thing once I have applied the filter and clear the filter but it still showing the There are no products matching the selection. Sep 9, 2016 at 6:39

It sounds like this is probably layered navigation that you refer to. You can enable this on a per category basis by setting Is Anchor to Yes on the Display Settings tab as explained here.

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