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How to Customize WordPress Admin Area (Dashboard) for Beginners

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How to Customize WordPress Admin Area (Dashboard) for Beginners

Have you ever felt that your WordPress dashboard has additional clutter that you do not want. Sometimes added by additional themes, plugins, or maybe you don’t like one of the default widgets. Well in this article, we will share how just a beginner can customize their WordPress admin area to look the way they want it without editing a single line of code. We will be using the Screen Options Tab that most users often ignore.

The downside of this is that it saves the settings on per-user basis. If you have a multi-author blog, then you might want to read our next post in the series this week.

If you open your WordPress dashboard, look at the top right: there is a tab called “Screen Options”.

Screen Options on WP Dashboard

As you can see that there are quite a few options there. You can check off each option that you do not want in your dashboard. You can even add more columns if you want. By default it is 2 columns, but you may make it 3 or 4 if you want. Some options are added by plugins such as W3-Edge option that you see in the screenshot above. To reorganize the boxes, you can drag and drop them to your liking.

If you do not like the way your write panel is organized, you can drag and drop boxes there as well. But furthermore, you can add and remove things just like the dashboard. Simply click on Screen Options Tab and start unchecking the box that you do not use.

Screen Options on Write a Post Panel

The biggest question that is often asked is how to increase the number of comments shown on the backend. Because by default it only shows 20, but some users may like to see 50 comments when moderating because it makes the job easier. Well that can be achieved with Screen Options as well. Simply go to the Comments page and click Screen Options.

Screen Options on Comments Page

You have the Screen Options tab on just about every page of the WordPress admin panel. If you are a total beginner, and do not want to edit codes. Well this is your best method of customizing your WordPress Dashboard.


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  • Gowebbaby

    I think this is most basic yet most important part. Everyone don’t know how to customize admin area in WP and your article is very helpful for the.

    If the first step will be right then rest will go fine… :)

    Thanks for nice sharing.

  • http://www.dianamcook.com Diana M Cook

    I found this to be a wonderful tool…I am a novice but not for long now..this tool is perfect for the novice..thanks so much for lessening the load…too much dashboard is not helpful..lol

  • http://www.mttamborineaccommodation.com.au/ Brad

    You know I have been using WP for about 2 years and have never looked at changing the Admin area to be more suited to my needs, I didnt even know it could be done! thanks for the tip, will get on it!

  • http://adamwwarner.com Adam W. Warner

    Nice write up and clear instruction as always. I wrote a similar tutorial a couple weeks ago focused on decluttering the admin area for your users (Authors, Editors, etc.)
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