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Changing default selected modeBar Button

I am using the plotly python library to generate offline graphs. But the default selected modebar button is the zoom button. I am trying to change it to “pan”. I tried adding a config based on
github plotly buttons by editing the ‘modeBarButtons’ and ‘modeBarButtonsToAdd’ fields. Changing things here allows me to hide/show buttons, but not the default selected button.

i.e. changing it from the red to blue marked buttons in the image.

Any help would be appreciated

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Thanks @etienne. This helped me. Maybe the documentation regarding the default dragmode could be elaborated. Its not clear from the documentation that this attribute also decides the default action of the modebar.