How To Customize Your WordPress Dashboard

Learn ways to customize your WordPress dashboard without editing code.

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How To Customize Your WordPress Dashboard

Your WordPress Site Administration AreaIf you need help using WordPress, go here for a step-by-step tutorial on how to use your site’s administration area:

Is your website powered by WordPress? If so, and you have to log in and out of your admin area regularly, you may want to customize the WordPress Dashboard.

In this tutorial, you will learn a number of simple ways to customize your WordPress control panel without touching any web code.

How To Declutter Your WordPress Dashboard Area

As your site gets bigger, your admin area can start to look very busy …

How To Customize Your WordPress Dashboard Section

Fortunately, you can customize the admin area by hiding, minimizing and rearranging your information sections.

Hiding WordPress Dashboard Elements

The Screen Options tab is located in the top-right corner of your WP admin screen, in the header area …

Customizing The WordPress Dashboard

In the main Dashboard, clicking on the Screen Options tab allows you to configure options like which panels of your Dashboard work area you want to view or keep hidden …

Customizing The WordPress Dashboard Screen

By choosing to keep some elements hidden, you can end up with a sparse-looking Dashboard, and view only important information …

How To Customize Your WP Dashboard

How To Minimize WP Dashboard Panels

You can minimize content blocks inside your admin area by clicking on the icon in the corner of a panel’s title bar …

How To Customize The WordPress Dashboard

This will help keep your work space uncluttered. You can display/hide as much information inside your dashboard section as you want …

Customizing Your WordPress Dashboard Area

How To Reorganize Work Area Content Blocks

You can also reorganize the the information blocks your admin dashboard using “drag and drop” …

Customizing The WordPress Dashboard

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Many panels in your admin area can also be further configured when hovered over with your mouse. For example, here is a panel showing only the expand/collapse icon …

Customizing The WordPress Dashboard

Hovering over the panel’s title bar, however, displays additional configuration options …

How To Customize The WordPress Dashboard

As well as being able to rearrange information inside your dashboard, you can also change the colour scheme of your admin area directly from within your WordPress settings, or by using plugins …

Customizing The WordPress Dashboard

To change the color scheme of your WordPress dashboard, click on the “Howdy, User” tab and choose Edit My Profile

How To Customize The WordPress Dashboard Section

You can also reach this screen by clicking on Your Profile in the main menu …

How To Customize The WordPress Dashboard Screen

Don’t forget to click the Update Profile button before leaving to update your settings …

How To Customize Your WP Dashboard

Your new dashboard color scheme will take effect immediately …

How To Customize Your WP Dashboard Section

To learn more about customizing your WordPress admin colors, see the tutorial below:

Hopefully, now you know a few simple ways to customize the Dashboard without modifying code or adding extra plugins. All it takes is just a few clicks of your mouse button.

Customizing Your WordPress Dashboard

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