How to Arrange the WordPress Dashboard

You have the ability to arrange the order of the modules in your Dashboard to suit your tastes. WordPress places a great deal of emphasis on user experience and a big part of that effort results in your ability to create a Dashboard that you find most useful. Changing the modules that are displayed, and the order they are displayed in, is very easy.

In the following steps, you learn to move the Right Now module so that it displays on the right side of your Dashboard page. You follow the same procedure to move any element.

  1. Hover your mouse over the title bar of the Right Now module.

    When hovering over the box title, your mouse cursor changes to the Move cursor (a cross with arrows on a PC or the hand cursor on a Mac).

  2. Click and hold your mouse button and drag the Right Now module to the right side of the screen.

    As you drag the box, a light gray box with a dotted border appears on the right side of your screen. That gray box is a guide that shows you where you should drop the module.

    A light gray box appears as a guide when you drag and drop modules in the WordPress Dashboard.
    A light gray box appears as a guide when you drag and drop modules in the WordPress Dashboard.
  3. Release the mouse button when you have the Right Now module in place.

    The Right Now module is now positioned on the right side of your Dashboard page.

    The other modules on the left side of the Dashboard have now shifted down, and the Recent Comments Module is the first module shown at the top of the left side on the Dashboard page.

  4. (Optional) Click once on the title bar of the Right Now module.

    A customized Dashboard with the QuickPress module on the top left and the Right Now module on the t
    A customized Dashboard with the QuickPress module on the top left and the Right Now module on the top right.

    The module collapses. Click the title bar again, and the module expands. You can keep that module opened or closed based on your own preference.

Repeat these steps with each module you see on the Dashboard by dragging and dropping them so they appear in the order you prefer.

When you navigate away from the Dashboard, WordPress remembers the changes you’ve made. When you return, you still see your customized Dashboard and you don’t need to redo these changes in the future.

If you find that your Dashboard contains a few modules you just never use, you can completely get rid of them altogether by following these steps:

  1. Click the Screen Options button at the top of the Dashboard.

    The Screen Options menu opens, displaying the title of each module with check boxes to the left of each title.

  2. De-select the module you want to hide on your Dashboard.

    If you miss a module you’ve hidden, you can simply enable that module by selecting the module from the Screen Options menu.

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