How To Customize Your WordPress Dashboard

Learn ways to customize your WordPress dashboard without editing code …

How To Customize Your WordPress Dashboard

Your WordPress Site Administration AreaIf you need help using WordPress, go here for a step-by-step tutorial about using your site’s admin area:

If your site is a WP website, and you are logging in and out of your admin area on a regular basis, then it pays to know how to customize the WordPress Dashboard.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you a number of simple things you can do to customize your WordPress admin area without editing any web code.

Decluttering The WordPress Dashboard

As your site gets bigger, your admin area can end up looking quite busy …

Customizing The WordPress Dashboard

Fortunately, you can declutter your admin area by hiding, minimizing and rearranging the layout of your admin panels.

How To Hide Dashboard Panels

The Screen Options tab is found in the top-right corner of your WP administration screen, in the header section …

How To Customize Your WP Dashboard

In the main Dashboard, click on the Screen Options tab to configure options like which panels of your Dashboard work area you want to hide or display …

How To Customize The WP Dashboard

By ticking or unticking boxes, you can end up with a tidier-looking Dashboard, and display only important information …

How To Customize The WP Dashboard

Minimizing Dashboard Panels

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

Customizing Your WP Dashboard Area

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

Customizing The WordPress Dashboard

Reorganizing WordPress Dashboard Panels

You can also reorganize the layout of your site’s dashboard using “drag and drop” …

Customizing Your WordPress Dashboard Section


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

How To Customize Your WordPress Dashboard

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

How To Customize Your WordPress Dashboard Area

As well as rearranging scheme will take effect immediately …

Customizing Your WordPress Dashboard Area

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

Hopefully, this tutorial has shown you a number of quick and easy ways to customize your site’s admin area without touching code or adding additional plugins. All it takes is a few clicks of the mouse.

How To Customize Your WP Dashboard


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