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How to Remove the Welcome Panel in WordPress Dashboard

Do you want to remove the welcome panel in your WordPress dashboard? The welcome panel is a box added to the dashboard page of your WordPress admin area. It contains shortcuts to perform different tasks and helps new users find their way around. In this article, we will show you how to remove the welcome panel in WordPress dashboard.

Remove welcome panel in WordPress dashboard

Why Remove Welcome Panel in WordPress?

Welcome panel is a meta box added to the dashboard screen of WordPress admin area. It shows shortcuts to different sections of your WordPress site.

Welcome Panel

The purpose of the welcome panel is to help beginners find their way around WordPress.

However as you become more familiar to all these locations, this panel will become less useful for you.

Having it on the screen, pushes down other important dashboard widgets and make them less noticeable.

Let’s see how you can easily get rid of the welcome panel from your WordPress dashboard screen.

Removing Welcome Panel from WordPress Dashboard

There are multiple ways to hide and even completely remove the welcome panel.

The easiest way to remove it is by simply clicking on the Dismiss button at the top right corner of the panel.

Dismiss welcome panel in WordPress dashboard

You can also remove the welcome panel by clicking on the Screen Options button at the top right corner of the screen.

This will bring a fly down menu. You need to uncheck the checkbox next to ‘Welcome’ option.

Remove welcome panel using Screen Options in WordPress

Both methods mentioned above will hide the welcome panel. You can access it again by clicking on the Screen Options button and checking the box next to Welcome option.

However if you want to completely remove the welcome panel even from the Screen Options, then that’s also possible.

This method requires you to add code to your WordPress site. If you haven’t done this before, then take a look at our guide on pasting snippets from the web into WordPress.

You will need to add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or a site-specific plugin.

remove_action('welcome_panel', 'wp_welcome_panel');

This code simply removes the action that adds the welcome panel to the admin dashboard.

You can now visit the dashboard screen and click on the Screen Options menu. You will notice that the welcome panel option will no longer be available.

Welcome panel removed from dashboard and Screen Options menu

That’s all. We hope this article helped you remove the welcome panel in WordPress dashboard. You may also want to see our list of 19 actionable tips to drive traffic to your new WordPress site.

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  1. Hi, how can I get rid of the auto-generated meta description “Welcome to WordPress? This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing! ” from my web site? Further, I have deleted the “Hello World” & “Sample Page” from my page lists permanently but still, they are appearing when I browse to see my site. Please help.

    • You would want to start by clearing all caching on your site as that sounds like you are still seeing the information for the auto-generated first post

      Admin

  2. Hi! I just tried adding the code to the functions.php file in my child theme on a Divi site to remove the Welcome panel. I loaded it on a playground site I use for testing. After saving the functions.php file change, I have refreshed (hard refresh) and logged out and back in. No luck. Any thoughts on why it wouldn’t work? I have other functions.php customizations that are working just fine. Has the code by chance changed since this post came out? Thank you for your help!

    • You may have a plugin or theme that is conflicting with the code to remove the welcome panel for a possible reason.

      Admin

  3. Thank you for the tip, but how can we update it or customize the user outputs not removing or hiding it? can you help in this please?

    Thank you,
    Tariq

  4. I want to delete panels 2 and 3 from my static HOME page, but keep the menu item selections that appear at the top of that page (Affinity theme)—Or at least make them match the pages that are linked at the top of the page.

    How can I do this?? I’ve been searching and stumbling around forever.

    Many thanks!

    • Hi Dennis,

      Simply login to WordPress admin area and go to Appearance » Themes page. If the theme you want to delete is currently active, then you will first need to switch to another theme. After that you can click on the theme you want to delete and then click on the Delete link.

      Admin

  5. Hi, I completed creating my website, but I accidentally clicked the dismiss button, I am new to this & I want it back. I tried clicking Screen Options menu but | don’t see the welcome option. How can I get this fixed. Thanks.
    Ryan

  6. Hi how can I totaly disable the “Latest from WPBeginner” from dashboard.
    It comes with one of your promo action, but I dont want it there.

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