Is there a simple way to exclude the customized theme from the cart and checkout page (however still keeping the customized theme's header and footer). I simply want the original RWD design one from my magento 1.9.1


The Right Way™ to do this would be to actually forcefully change the design package and theme from within a layout observer to the default RWD theme whenever the cart or checkout layout handles exist. You would call your observer on the layout_load_before event:


class Demo_Module_Model_Observer

    public function layoutLoadBefore()
        $checkoutHandles = ['checkout_cart_index', 'checkout_onepage_index'];
        $activeHandles = Mage::app()->getLayout()->getUpdate()->getHandles();

        if(in_array($checkoutHandles, $activeHandles)){


        return $this;


Remove the checkout folder from the template folder in your custom theme and remove checkout.xml from your custom theme layout folder.

  • I would just remove what you don't want from the checkout.xml file. – Aedonis Jan 29 '15 at 21:39
  • They would still need to remove the checkout folder from the template folder, even if they chose to just remove some elements from checkout.xml, to allow fallback to load the default files. – seanbreeden Jan 29 '15 at 21:50

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