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Posted on March 12, 2020

WordPress 101: How To Remove Help & Screen Options From Dashboard?

WordPress offers its users that most other Content Management Systems on the market don’t. On WordPress users have the nearly limitless functionality with the ability of customization. Functionality and customizability both are often exclusive on other platforms. 

As a result of this unparalleled quality of WordPress, the CMS platform attracts users from all walks of life. It is not just experienced developers who use WordPress, a large number of WordPress users are novice bloggers and website owners.  

This diverse background of many WordPress users creates many wonderful opportunities. For example, multi-author run online blogging websites. The diversity of users WordPress is unparalleled, as people from all walks of life come on the platform. These people choose WordPress to make their dreams and aspiration a reality.  As a result of this diversity WordPress has become a truly global CMS platform. But this diversity of user backgrounds can also pose a challenge. Because a majority of WordPress users aren’t tech experts, it might cause many unseen complications to occur. 

WordPress Hack – How To Remove Help & Screen Options From Dashboard?

One such complication generally occurs in multi-admin WordPress websites. In these types of WordPress websites, many users have edit privileges and the segregation of tasks is necessary. A WordPress website run by multiple people must be optimized for high-functionality. The only way you can achieve this is by reducing your dashboard clutter. As a result, you must cut down and remove your screen options on your admin console.  

Therefore to remedy this situation, we bring you a hack that will enable you to remove help and screen options from your WordPress dashboard. The following steps below detail how the hack works: 

Step 1 –  Add the following code snippet to your WordPress website’s functions file:

add_filter( 'contextual_help', 'wpse_25034_remove_dashboard_help_tab', 999, 3 );

add_filter( 'screen_options_show_screen', 'wpse_25034_remove_help_tab' );

function wpse_25034_remove_dashboard_help_tab( $old_help, $screen_id, $screen )

  {

     if( 'dashboard' != $screen->base )

     return $old_help;

     $screen->remove_help_tabs();

     return $old_help;

  }

function wpse_25034_remove_help_tab( $visible )

  {

     global $current_screen;

     if( 'dashboard' == $current_screen->base )

     return false;

     return $visible;

  }

Step 2 – Save the changes into your WordPress functions file

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