I am setting up a second language store. We use the same root category. What I do is the following: I open the store view of the second language and want to start translating.

The weirdest thing: the checkbox in store view to "Use Default Value" (and thus override defaults) is completely missing. Now I would not know how to translate ...

question: is there a setting? or soemthing I need to do to enable the translation per store view in categories again?

Or has anyone seen this before?

many thanks


What I would expect to see

What I would expect to see

What we are currently seeing - notice the missing checkbox

What we are currently seeing - notice the missing checkbox

2 Answers 2


The form elements should be displayed using this template app/design/adminhtml/default/default/template/catalog/form/renderer/fieldset/element.phtml (unless you changed that, but I doubt you did).
There is an if statement for displaying the checkbox.

<?php if ($this->canDisplayUseDefault()): ?>
<td class="value use-default">
    <input <?php if($_element->getReadonly()):?> disabled="disabled"<?php endif; ?> type="checkbox" name="use_default[]" id="<?php echo $_element->getHtmlId() ?>_default"<?php if ($this->usedDefault()): ?> checked="checked"<?php endif; ?> onclick="toggleValueElements(this, this.parentNode.parentNode)" value="<?php echo $this->getAttributeCode() ?>"/>
    <label for="<?php echo $_element->getHtmlId() ?>_default" class="normal"><?php echo $this->__('Use Default Value') ?></label>
<?php endif; ?>

So my guess is that $this->canDisplayUseDefault() returns false for some reason.
The method is defined in Mage_Adminhtml_Block_Catalog_Form_Renderer_Fieldset_Element

public function canDisplayUseDefault()
    if ($attribute = $this->getAttribute()) {
        if (!$attribute->isScopeGlobal()
            && $this->getDataObject()
            && $this->getDataObject()->getId()
            && $this->getDataObject()->getStoreId()) {
            return true;
    return false;

Start debugging here to see what's wrong.

Solution (provided by OP based on the indications from the answer): Using the above you can discover a Module or Extension that is causing problems. In this case disabling "https://github.com/mage-eag/mage-enhanced-admin-grids" solved the issue.

  • super! I will investigate and post the resolution
    – snh_nl
    Oct 31, 2014 at 13:13
  • @snh_nl. Yeah..I forgot to mention, this is not a full solution. I wasn't able to reproduce it. And my answer did not fit in a comment.
    – Marius
    Oct 31, 2014 at 13:17
  • The problem was actually related to another extension (BubbleShop Dynamic Category Products) and not to Enhanced Admin Grids, as explained here : github.com/mage-eag/mage-enhanced-admin-grids/issues/…
    – blmage
    Nov 4, 2014 at 9:02

If I understood your problem correctly, please follow the below mentioned procedure and you'll be good to go with your translation!

  • Go to System -> Configuration -> General -> Locale Options
  • Change configuration scope to your New Storeenter image description here
  • Then select the language you want to assign at Locale Options -> Locale
  • Now, Clear cache and check in front-end
  • euh. I know how to change my default language. The question is why the option to override default values in store view (checkbox) under categories is missing
    – snh_nl
    Oct 31, 2014 at 13:04

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