Global attributes allow a store admin to add particular product properties store-wide. Hence global attributes can be used when you need to assign some common properties to all products in your store. Global attributes unlike product-specific and product class attributes allow a store admin to assign hidden attributes to products that can be used for internal store management purposes and are visible to the store admin only.

Global attributes can either be added manually on a per-product basis or imported and assigned to multiple or all products in the store at once.

Generally global attributes are viewed and managed via the Classes & Attributes section of the Admin area (Catalog -> Classes & Attributes):

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However, if necessary it’s also possible to create and manage global attributes (except for hidden global attributes) via the Attributes -> Global tab of any product details page:

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