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Rearrange Post Edit Screen in WordPress

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After using WordPress for a considerable amount of time, at times you may notice that there are some sections in the Edit screen for Posts that you do not use at all. Similarly, you may also notice that there are some sections that you use often, but those sections are not placed at ideal locations in the screen. In this article we will guide you how you can rearrange the post edit screen in WordPress that will help you improve your writing experience.

  1. When you install WordPress and login to your dashboard you will find that by default your post edit screen looks similar to the screen as shown below.
  2. Figure One

    Note:The post edit screen may look different depending on your theme and plugins.
  3. All the default and custom metaboxes on the post edit screen can be minimized, hidden, rearranged. To minimize a meta box you need to click on the upward arrow icon next to the title of the meta box. To maximize it, click on the downward arrow next to the title of the meta box as shown below.
  4. Figure Two

  5. You can click and hold on a meta box title and then drag it to rearrange its position on the post edit screen as shown below. You can move it down and upwards. There are two areas where you can move a meta box. The right hand column or at the bottom of the post editor.
  6. Figure Three

  7. To hide additional meta boxes from your post edit screen, you need to click on the screen options button on the top right corner of the screen. A flydown menu would appear with the check boxes to hide or display the meta boxes on the screen. You can also choose to have a single or double column layout as shown below.
  8. Figure Four

  9. You can also try the full screen editor. Simply click on the full screen button on the post editor or press ALT+Shift+W keys on your keyboard.In full screen writing mode, all metaboxes are hidden and you have just basic formatting buttons at the top, your post title, and the post editor. Even the toolbar at top only appears when you move your mouse outside post editor. This is also called distraction-free writing mode as shown below.
  10. Figure Five

Updated on Oct 27, 2016

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