Editing themes

Theme retirement Ira is no longer available on the Shopify theme store. Theme support and updates for current users will end after May 18, 2024. Learn more here.

The theme editor organizes all the elements of your online store in one place so you can easily design every page with theme templates, sections, and settings.

Editor toolbar

Use these tools to undo or redo changes, save, and publish your theme. You can enable the Inspector to select, add, and move sections directly within the live preview.

Inspector ⌘-Shift-I

Enable the Inspector to select, add, and edit sections within the editor preview.

Undo ⌘-Z

Revert to the last change you made.

Redo ⌘-Y

Redo the last change you reverted with ‘undo’.

Save ⌘-S

Save your changes within the editor.


Make your changes live on your online store.

Theme preview size

Change the size of the preview within your theme editor. You can choose desktop, mobile, or fullscreen dimensions.

DesktopPreview theme with desktop dimensions.


Preview theme with mobile dimensions.


Hide editor panels to view your theme the full-width of your browser.

Live site preview

Click more (…) to create a live site preview. The preview will open in a new window, and you can click Share preview to copy the preview link, which you can send to our Support when troubleshooting issues.

Template selector

Templates provide the layout and style of your pages. Click on the template selector to open the template that you want to edit. See our guide on how to assign and create multiple templates for your pages, or get started with available theme templates.

You can change the editing “Context” by clicking on the menu to the left of the template selector. Contexts allow you to make changes to your theme and templates for specific markets. Learn more about unique content for markets.

Sections panel

Templates are made up of sections and blocks that you can customize and re-arrange to design your page layout. Learn more about how to add, edit, and re-order sections and blocks, or find help guides for available theme sections.

Theme settings

You can change the theme settings to customize your online store’s site-wide styles and options. See our guide for an overview of theme settings.

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