Disabling Screen Options in WordPress Dashboard

Disabling Screen Options in WordPress Dashboard

Andy Holland

Looking to disable the button for your Screen Options in WordPress dashboard?  If you’re unfamiliar with this particular button, it gives you the ability to show and hide different elements on pages within your admin area.  Here, we’ll talk you through how to disable this button on the WordPress platform.

Disabling Screen Options in WordPress

You will easily be able to spot the screen options button, which is easy to spot in the top right corner of the pages available in your WordPress admin area.  This specific button allows users to show and hide different items on various sections in the WordPress dashboard.

With some WordPress sites running multi-author blogs, this button can cause mistakes to happen, as one of the multiple authors could accidentally uncheck something important whilst uploading their latest blog post.

By disabling your Screen Options, you will be able to take control of the admin view for each user and control what they are able to click on and change. take a look at the different options you can use when disabling the screen options button.

Using a Plugin to Hide Screen Options Button in WordPress Dashboard

This is generally the easiest method and is recommended for all types of WordPress users.  The first thing you will need to do is install Adminimize and activate it on your WordPress site.  Once this plugin is activated, you’ll need to visit your Settings section and then the Adminimize page to configure the plugin settings.

On the Adminimize page, you will see a list of different sections.  Your task is clicking on the Global Options link.  You will then need to click on the second Global options tab.  This will then expand and you will need to check the box next to Screen Options.  Once your finished checking boxes, don’t forget to save your settings.  You will now see that the Screen Options button is now disabled.

This is a super powerful plugin that makes it extremely easy to disable Screen Options.

Manually Disable Your Screen Options

This second method will require you to have a working knowledge of how to add code to your WordPress files.  If you’re not familiar with using code, it’s probably a good idea for you to read up on how to copy and paste code on this platform.

This step involves copying some code to your WordPress theme’s site-specific plugin.  You can also add this code to your functions.php file.

If you input this code correctly, it will remove this button for all users other than the administrator for your WordPress site.

You can then switch to a different user account to make sure that you have successfully disabled access for other authors on your WordPress website.

We hope that this article has given you a better understanding of what the Screen Options button is and the easiest ways you can disable this button on your WordPress dashboard.

While we have only covered two of the most popular methods to disable the Screen Options button in this article.  Let us know how you would disable the Screen Options button on your WordPress site in the comments section below.