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I am having trouble changing the default arrow from ascending to descending. I have 'Set Product as New to Date' Set as Default, which is what I want. However, I want newer products showing first so I want arrow to be set default as descending when clicking on category links. Want arrow to be pointing down.

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I tried following this answer but it is still not working for me. Magento2: Default to sort by price descending not ascending

In my Theme File app/design/frontend/Smartwave/porto/Magento_Catelog/layout/catalog_category_view.xml. I tried changing the file to this code to below. But it is not working.

<?xml version="1.0"?>

<page xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:View/Layout/etc/page_configuration.xsd">
    <body>
        <referenceContainer name="content">
            <block class="Magento\Catalog\Block\Product\ListProduct" name="category.products.list" as="product_list" template="Magento_Catalog::product/list.phtml">
                <action method="setDefaultDirection">
                    <argument name="dir" xsi:type="string">desc</argument>
                </action>
                <container name="category.product.list.additional" as="additional" />
                <block class="Magento\Framework\View\Element\RendererList" name="category.product.type.details.renderers" as="details.renderers">
                    <!--<block class="Magento\Framework\View\Element\Template" as="default"/>-->
                </block>
                <block class="Magento\Catalog\Block\Product\ProductList\Item\Container" name="category.product.addto" as="addto">
                    <block class="Magento\Catalog\Block\Product\ProductList\Item\AddTo\Compare"
                           name="category.product.addto.compare" as="compare"
                           template="Magento_Catalog::product/list/addto/compare.phtml"/>
                </block>
                <block class="Magento\Catalog\Block\Product\ProductList\Toolbar" name="product_list_toolbar" template="Magento_Catalog::product/list/toolbar.phtml">
                    <block class="Magento\Theme\Block\Html\Pager" name="product_list_toolbar_pager"/>
                </block>
                <action method="setToolbarBlockName">
                    <argument name="name" xsi:type="string">product_list_toolbar</argument>
                </action>
            </block>
        </referenceContainer>
        <move element="category.products.list" as="product_list" destination="category.products"/>
        <referenceContainer name="sidebar.main">
            <block class="Smartwave\Porto\Block\Template" name="category_view_custom_block" after="-" template="Magento_Catalog::category/custom_block.phtml"/>
        </referenceContainer>
    </body>
</page>

Any help would be much appreciated. I want the arrow to point down into descending order.

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You can Change it in Core Magento Files I figured out.

/httpdocs/vendor/magento/module-catalog/Helper/Product/ProductList.php, you can set asc or desc.

Proper way is to do it via extension/plugin.

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