[Quick Tip] How to Declutter Your WordPress Dashboard in 5 Minutes or Less

If you’ve worked in the WordPress dashboard for any amount of time, you already know that there are a lot of settings and options. 

While that can be great for providing flexibility and room to grow for your website, it can also be overwhelming.

Sometimes it can seem like every plugin wants to add something to your dashboard whether it’s helpful or not.

Not to mention all the things that compete for your attention by default in the WordPress dashboard like updates, comments, and status messages.

There are a lot of things you can remove from the WordPress dashboard by making some changes to the functions.php file, but that can be intimidating if you’re not used to mucking around in the backend of your website.

If you’re not one to mess around with PHP code or you don’t have a developer at your command, there’s an easy way to declutter the WordPress dashboard that doesn’t take any code or a lot of time.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and scattered by your WordPress dashboard, I’ve got a quick win for you today.

Check out the Screen Options tab in the upper right hand corner of the screen:

Untick the boxes next to anything you don’t want to see on your WordPress dashboard anymore and it will be removed.

Some things I like to remove are At a Glance, WordPress News, and Welcome. If you ever want anything back it’s as simple as checking the boxes again.

It works on the Posts and Pages screens, too! Tags and author information don’t add any value to my WordPress posts screen, so I toggle them off and only keep the title, categories and post date.

It may seem like a simple, silly thing to do, but cutting back on the clutter in the WordPress dashboard smacks down distractions and helps me stay focused on the things I need to accomplish when I’m logged in to my website.

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Thanks for reading and good luck with your WordPress dashboard cleanup. 🙂