I’ve talked before about how to customize your WordPress dashboard, but I recently had a reader ask about my favorite settings for the post editor view, so I want to share those with you today.
Clearing out the clutter of the post editor is one of the first things I do when I set up a new site. I just don’t need all the modules it comes with or that additional plugins add. And, if I end up needing one I’ve removed, they’re easy to find and turn back on, so I only leave the things I use a lot.
Understanding the WordPress Editor Screen Options Tab
At the very top of your editor page (and almost every other page in the WordPress Dashboard) is a tab called Screen Options. This tab will expand when clicked, and will show you the options to show on screen. Here you’ll see things like Categories, Tags, Discussion, Author, etc as well as options for your specific themes and plugins. You can deselect anything that you don’t need while you’re writing most posts. This will turn off many of the modules on your editor screen, leaving only those you actually use. It de-clutters and it makes that pre-publish checklist a little easier!