If you load a product in Store View scope, all the inherited data ("Use Default Values") comes with it... which makes perfect sense, so far so good.

$_product = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->setStoreId($storeId)->load($productId);

My problem is, if you then change one attribute and save, everything is saved at Store View scope.


Now, if I look at the product in the admin, every "Use Default Values" checkbox is unticked :(

It doesn't help if I do $_product->save() or $_product->getResource()->save($_product). I even tried:

$_resource = $_product->getResource();

Maybe I'm misunderstanding what isPartialSave() does.

So, how do I change one (or more, but not all) attributes at Store View scope?

2 Answers 2


Load is pretty expensive memory wise.
You can use this for a faster update:

    array('name' => $storeSpecificName),
  • That looks like a brilliant solution, thanks Marius! I did actually have the $product already - my code actually runs as an observer so it's using $_product = $event->getProduct(); and I (perhaps wrongly) simplified my question to use load instead - but this way still wins, as I don't have to muck about with changing the scope of the object and potentially interfering with other observers. I'll try it out now. Nov 17, 2015 at 14:22
  • It's probably worth mentioning at this point that this can't be used to unset attributes at store view scope, i.e. to re-tick the "use default values" checkbox - as described in your answer here @Marius. For that, my answer below is working for me as a fallback (especially when I found I could use setId() instead of load()). Nov 18, 2015 at 12:42
  • @DougMcLean. that's true.
    – Marius
    Nov 18, 2015 at 12:56

Found it! Thanks to https://magento.stackexchange.com/a/90342/4090

$_product = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->setStoreId($storeId)->load($productId);
$_product->getResource()->saveAttribute($_product, 'name');
  • I found you don't need to load() the product in question... if you use setId() instead, it works just fine for this purpose. Which of course makes a lovely big difference to speed & resource use :) Nov 18, 2015 at 12:44

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