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WordPress – Dashboard Screen Options

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In this video I’m going to show you how to edit your Dashboard Screen Options.

The Screen Options pull down tab is located in the upper right corner.  These options allow the you to decide what fields or modules are displayed.  Your screen may have different options depending on what plugins or theme you have installed.  It contains check boxes to show and hide different sections.  It may also contain the option to choose the number of items to display.  The reason behind having screen options is to give the user, (you) as much control as possible.  I go into more detail of what each option does in other videos in this series.  In this video I’ll give you a brief description of the options that might show up on the home dashboard page.

Click on the Screen Options button.

It will drop down an area with a list of the different things in the dashboard you can show or hide.  Uncheck a box to hide something and check it again to show it.  Your options may differ from mine depending on what plugins you have installed and what theme you have activated.

The first option I’ll look at is Welcome.  This is great for users new to WordPress if you want to go through the steps to learn more about your site.  I like to turn off this box since I don’t ever use it.  To remove it, I’m going to uncheck the box.  When I do this, it will remove the Welcome box.  You can also click on Dismiss in the upper right corner of that box to remove it.

This removed the Welcome to WordPress module from the top.  I’d now like to remove the ‘Your site is Clef enabled!’ from the Clef plugin.  If you don’t have this plugin installed, you will not see this on your screen.

The At a Glance widget provides a summary of the number of Posts, Pages, and Comments on your site. Each of these content types are displayed in the form of a link and, when clicked upon, direct you to the specific area to manage that content.  A statement at the bottom of this widget tells you what WordPress Version you’re running on and the current theme you have activated on your site.

If I un-check the At A Glance option, it removes that module.  I like to keep this one enabled so I’ll keep it checked.

I also like to keep the Activity option checked.  This shows the upcoming scheduled posts, recently published posts, and the most recent comments on your posts and allows you to moderate them.

Next is Quick Draft.  I sometimes like to un-check this option.  This widget allows you to quickly and easily write a new draft and click the Save Draft button.  But I find it just as easy to go to the Posts page and create a new post there.

If I uncheck ‘WordPress News’ it will hide that module.  Here you can find out what the WordPress developers have been up to recently and keep up with the latest WordPress related news. In addition to software developments, such as version announcements and security notices, news about the WordPress community in general is periodically posted.  I like to keep this enabled.

For the Dashboard, you don’t have to worry about saving these Screen Options.  WordPress saves your configuration automatically for you in a cookie on your computer and in the database so that when you use another browser or a different computer, everything will look the same.

After you are done making changes, click Screen Options again and the pull down area will disappear from the view.

That’s it for this video.  I’ll see you in the next one.

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