I would like to remove text-align:center in the closing text of email footers.

However, when I open \skin\frontend\rwd\default\scss\email-inline.scss, i see the following disclaimer:

Do not edit or add to this file if you wish to upgrade Magento to newer versions in the future. If you wish to customize Magento for your needs please refer to http://www.magento.com for more information.

Not the most useful disclaimer in the world. How do I make this tiny formatting change and retain it after future updates?

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This disclaimer is shown because you're trying to edit the default theme (note that you're in a subdirectory of /frontend/**rwd**/default. This theme will be updated when Magento is updated and therefore the file will be reset eventually and your changes will be lost.

To override this style, create your own theme (or copy an existing one like rwd) and change the file there.

Hope I could help.

  • Wouldn't this also be problematic? When a Magento update is released, it will also come with an updated skin. You want to get the benefit of the updates while retaining customizations, right?
    – Matthew S
    May 13, 2015 at 8:12
  • This is correct, but it's a general problem. If there's an update to Magento, you should update your themes and modules accordingly. This is the job of the developer (you). The warning just wants you to not edit it so that rwd will always work unconditionally. If you mess with files in /rwd/*, this can't be guaranteed anymore. Also, some themes rely on rwd, so there's a benefit in being able to say that rwd is always okay and not broken / changed / behaving unexpectedly. Makes more sense now?
    – Yorrd
    May 13, 2015 at 8:25
  • Sure, but editing that file didn't get rid of the centering.
    – Matthew S
    May 13, 2015 at 8:32
  • Well, you'll have to enable your theme (the one you copied and only edited one file) and use it in your shop. If you got the correct file, this will work. You can also test the effect by editing the forbidden file ( ;) ). If this works, just copy the edit over to your theme and revert your changes in the forbidden file.
    – Yorrd
    May 13, 2015 at 8:36
  • No, I'm not going the child theme route. I just edited the file in the rwd directory, but it didn't have any effect on the formatting of the emails.
    – Matthew S
    May 13, 2015 at 8:40

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