Back in the day (a week ago), what you saw was what you got when it came to your dashboard. Now, you’ve got total freedom to move things around and get rid of the stuff you don’t use.
First, there’s dragging and dropping modules (boxes of content). Just grab the title bar of a module and drag it anywhere to customize your dashboard to your workflow and style. You can even put all your modules in one column, which will stretch them to be twice as wide:
Open and close modules and menu options if you’d like to have less to look at, and less to scroll through. To do this, click the arrow to the right of a module or menu title, which appears when you hover over its heading:
Like dragging and dropping, this can be done on other pages within your dashboard, like Add New under Posts.
You can also collapse your menu to only show the icons, for ultimate minimalism. To do this, click a separator in the menu (highlighted below). Click again to expand them and display the text.
Change the settings under the Screen Options tab in the upper right to hide info that’s not important to you.
Clicking Screen Options from the main dashboard will display a list of the modules, which you can then hide or show. In this example, we’ve hidden columns that appear on Edit Posts
There are now also keyboard shortcuts for comment moderation. First, enable keyboard shortcuts under My Account > Edit Profile. Then use J to go down and K to go up the rows. Use A to approve, S to mark as spam, D to delete, E to edit, and R to reply.
A final secret shortcut is double-click. Just click twice on a comment in the Comments view to open up the editor.
And, as always, you can adjust the size of your editor.
In the coming week, we’ll be delving in to some more awesome goodies that came along with your new dashboard. Stay tuned!
Dec 10th at 7:18 am
Dec 10th at 7:19 am
Thanks for continuing to unveil the many treats of the new WP dashboard one digestible meal at a time!
I am especially thrilled to think I can find a way to make my drafts more accessible since I often post an idea in draft form for later and I’ve been having a hard time finding them.
Dec 10th at 7:23 am
I’ve (and I’m assuming other WP-ians also) discovered all of this as we fiddled around with the Dashboard items but thanks anyways for putting this up….for the benefit of the not-so-adventurous amongst us
I know this ain’t the right place to mention (and neither is ‘Support’, maybe there should be a ‘Feature Request’ page someplace!) but there are a few minor improvements that I’d love to see around the current look:
1. The ‘arrow’ which helps to open/close a module should be made permanent (and not appear only when the mouse is hovered over it) so that people will plainly know there is a provision to minimize them.
2. ‘Collapse all’/'Expand all’ checkboxes within the ‘Screen options’
3. Clicking on a comment should redirect to the post so that we can reply to it. Not the entire comment is displayed in the dashboard and replying would need us to read it in its entirety, so IMHO the ‘Edit’ link should replace the ‘Reply’ link at the foot-links and clicking on the comment should lead to the ‘Reply’ functionality.
Dec 10th at 7:24 am
I cannot communicate how awesome this new dashboard and its features are. Seriously…I used to spend a lot of time parked on the Stats page, since that’s a lot of what I used. But this…this is genius.
Dec 10th at 7:25 am
Sweet. Awesome tips on the new Dashboard Automattic!
Dec 10th at 7:40 am
Thank you for the very helpful tips!
Dec 10th at 7:41 am
As always, well done mates! Love ya
Dec 10th at 7:46 am
Thanks. I love it.
Dec 10th at 7:47 am
thanks for the help!
Dec 10th at 8:00 am
Sweet! X3… this remindme the Photoshop Cs3 interface! ^_^
Especially the “Collapse Icons” option!
Dec 10th at 8:01 am
Thanks, but I wish they would allow me to move the menu bar to the right side instead of locked into the right.
Dec 10th at 8:17 am
WP.com is funtastic. I love it very much
Dec 10th at 8:33 am
Didn’t find all the goodies myself – so I guess next week I’ll listen you carefully again.
Dec 10th at 8:38 am
I really loved it! It so easier to deal with the new dashboard… Great job!
Dec 10th at 8:43 am
Thanks, its helpful. God Bless!
Dec 10th at 8:44 am
Dec 10th at 8:48 am
New Dashboard is great. Mostly no learning was needed at all. Though, to get used to all cool goodies of it some time is needed
Dec 10th at 9:22 am
I was kinda thinking the new write post screen was too busy. All that gray gets pretty drab. Though i guess these tips would help, but more theme/skin options for the dash wouldn’t hurt either.
Dec 10th at 9:41 am
I didn’t know you could completely hide modules. Thanks for the tip!
Dec 10th at 9:50 am
I hated the last update you guys did, and I thought I was going to hate this one too, because it originally loaded all funky, but since it straightened itself out, I’ve been pretty happy with it. Thank you and congratulation on a job well done. After reading this post I now realize it’s even better than I thought. Nice job guys.
Dec 10th at 10:35 am
What is Quickpress?
Dec 10th at 10:43 am
How do you do these guys? Wonderful
Dec 10th at 10:45 am
The new dashboard is awesome! It loads fast and it has a ver sleek and pleasantly clean look. What’s more, you can shift things! WORDPRESS ROCKS! WOOOHOOO!!!
Dec 10th at 10:51 am
I am New Blogger, so need more information from wordpress admin.
Dec 10th at 11:30 am
can’t wait for comments settings
and Heather, you are beautiful
Dec 10th at 11:44 am
Heh, I’m going to give it a try. Thanks for all the tips!
Dec 10th at 12:05 pm
I wish I could say I designed this myself. This is really a super job. Makes you wonder if it can ever be improved. Congratulations.
Dec 10th at 12:15 pm
Thanks a lot, WordPress! The new dashboard looks simpler (and of course better) than before. I liked the “customizable” features. Somehow, I feel that even better interface would be introduced to WordPress users in coming years. Cheers!
Dec 10th at 12:20 pm
ta for this
what happened to the nifty font size/title button?!
the < h 3 etc – it’s vanished!
Dec 10th at 12:35 pm
I really like all the great features and that I can customize my dashboard for ultimate efficiency!
Dec 10th at 12:49 pm
Yea I love the new dashboard drag & drop function…its nifty! Means my screen is not 10 feet long!
Dec 10th at 1:07 pm
Excellent, WordPress leading the way in blogs
Dec 10th at 1:33 pm
new 2.7 dashboard design
Dec 10th at 1:38 pm
Thanks Heather, but I think most of us have figured most of it out by now. My main grouse was – and still is, even though I’m sorted now – that much of it is counter-intuitive and, I have to say, looks suspiciously like change for its own sake.
Lots of things are very different, very few are actually better for the change, and if not better, then what’s the point? An example of this pointless change is the attaching of the Visit Site button to the blog’s title. Mysteriously, because it’s perfectly obvious, this confused an awful lot of people. The functionality isn’t improved though and the change is 100% cosmetic only. Like the icons, which replaced a perfectly functional dashboard with something that, again, is different but not better (and why change the names of various functions – surely that’s change for its own sake, as it doesn’t actually improve anything).
One glitch, initially, was that the dashboard components steadfastly refused to be dragged to a new location, which was why I complained about everything except stats being in one very long column, though at some point that problem went away, and I’ve now got it as I want it.
Sorry to sound churlish, because I know a huge amount of work went into the new version. However, saving and publishing posts is now much faster, which I really appreciate, as I use Opera, with which Google Gears isn’t compatible, and it was painfully slow.
Despite what is repeatedly claimed in the forums, those of us who don’t like the new dashboard are not defective in some way, and we will not learn to love it in time. Well, I won’t. It reminds me of Vista – lots of bells and whistles, limited or no improvement in functionality. It’ll be interesting to see how 2.7 is received on WP.org.
Dec 10th at 1:45 pm
Very cool! Keep up the good work WordPress!
Dec 10th at 1:47 pm
It really helped.
Dec 10th at 1:49 pm
I learnet almost all these goodies myself, but i didn’t know what keyboard shortcuts were set (i heard about ‘em).
Dec 10th at 2:00 pm
Thanks very much for all the additional functionality! I would love to see the ability to change the order of the left side categories themselves – e.g. being able to drag and drop Pages to be right under Posts – but that’s a minor point, I guess. Thanks again for all your hard work, WordPress!
Dec 10th at 2:03 pm
Thanks for the explanations which are very helpful. I’ll admit to being apprehensive about moving things around.
Very pleased with the new Dashboard, thanks.
Dec 10th at 2:09 pm
Fantastic! Thanks for the WP team
Dec 10th at 2:17 pm
Having fun playing with the new look. Must say – still using 2.6.5 over at the “big” blog – really feels old-fashioned, now.
Dec 10th at 2:25 pm
I liked the new dashboard on sight, but after using it for a week I LOVE it! Really spectacular, I know how much work must have gone into it. Congrats to everyone.
Dec 10th at 2:43 pm
That’s awesome! Thanks
Dec 10th at 2:51 pm
I really like the new dashboard – thanks to everyone who worked so hard on giving us these tools!
Dec 10th at 3:21 pm
WOW… U ARE SO GOOD AT YOUR JOB IT IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec 10th at 4:06 pm
I appreciate these instructions; however, I hate it when you change things. Just when I’ve gotten to be a wiz and know my dashboard backwards and forwards, boom! I have to start a whole new learning curve. Techies may like it, but it’s not friendly to us writers.
Dec 10th at 4:08 pm
I’m loving it.
Dec 10th at 4:13 pm
Great! Let me tell you one thing about snowy blog! This feature is not that good on blogs with white background. Maybe it’s not snowing hard enough!
Dec 10th at 4:16 pm
If you ask me, i would prefer the old dashboard. I was used to it and now i find it difficult to “adapt”.
Dec 10th at 4:18 pm
Thank you for this! Very nice to have so much flexibility.
Dec 10th at 4:19 pm
Personally I think the new dashboard sucks.
There’s nothing worse than opening your front door to find all of your furniture has been moved.
The previous version was well organized and needed no ‘customization’
How about offering us the option to return to the previous Dashboard!?!?!
Dec 10th at 4:20 pm
Love the new dashboard! Easier to use, and easier on the eye. Thanks for a great redesign.
Dec 10th at 4:40 pm
hey thanks for the tips. when you’re new to this it can be rather complicated
Dec 10th at 4:49 pm
I am really enjoying the new dashboard. It is much easier for me to navigate! Thanks!
Dec 10th at 4:57 pm
I haven’t looked enough to be sure there isn’t one somewhere now, but if there isn’t a “restore defaults” option someplace on top, where you can’t get rid of it, you might want to put one in. It saves a lot of time for the technical support people.
Dec 10th at 5:00 pm
I’m Loving this new design of WP Dashboard! It’s so Cool and Clean!
Dec 10th at 5:01 pm
So far the ability to totally configure the new dashboard to my working habits is my favorite feature. Can’t wait to see what’s ahead.
Dec 10th at 5:02 pm
All this looks great! My wordpress blog is self-hosted, so I haven’t got a chance to enjoy these upgrades yet, but if everything is still on schedule it should be rolled out to us self-hosted users sometime today. Can’t wait! Thanks for all the hard work.
Dec 10th at 5:04 pm
Super sweet! Thanks!
Dec 10th at 5:12 pm
Dec 10th at 5:14 pm
Thanks Heather, I was wondering about this. Off to go play with boxes & buttons now!
Dec 10th at 5:18 pm
Great. No really! haha
Dec 10th at 5:24 pm
That’s really cool! Thanks a lot! I’m loving the new dashboard
Dec 10th at 5:31 pm
Super. Love it. Well done.
Dec 10th at 5:32 pm
this is very cool. i havent been upto messing with my dashboard much, but now i shall do so. quickpress is so awesome!
Dec 10th at 5:33 pm
This is all quite brilliant! Thanks.
Dec 10th at 5:51 pm
This is incredible! Thank you, guys!
Dec 10th at 6:17 pm
In either case, WP takes a LOT of time to load. The Dashboard takes a couple of seconds. But when it comes to ‘Create a Post’ – Gosh! almost 15-20 seconds… I wonder if Team WP is going to do something about this. The WP problem is not just on my side… but many other WP.com users find the same as one of the reasons to stay away from blogging frequently… or atleast using WP as a blogging platform, if they’re in urgent need to say something.
Dec 10th at 6:19 pm
Thanks for showing that it is possible to make the box stretch across the screen!
Dec 10th at 6:32 pm
that`s some interesting stuff
congrats, almighty worpress
Dec 10th at 6:32 pm
oh my word i just noticed now that we can reply back to comments!
———wait i just tried it out i thought it was like a thread for comments u no?
but sill very good u can easily reply back to the comments unlike be4, much easier!
i’d still luv like having a thread or whateva its called where u specifically reply bac to a comment but this will do!
Dec 10th at 6:39 pm
Thanks for the info! The new dashboard design is nice, but of course I haven’t adjusted completely yet, and it seems to take longer to save the post I am editing than it used to, but that could possibly be a user-side problem (PC, ‘net speed.)
Dec 10th at 6:39 pm
Wonderful! You’re doin’ great gentlemen.
(Heather, will you marry me?)
Dec 10th at 6:40 pm
Only one Word from a German Blogger:
Dec 10th at 6:41 pm
This is great, always something new to learn…thanks.
Dec 10th at 7:38 pm
love you and love WordPress but I am not crazy about the new dashboard design.
I was very comfortable with the old design that had the manage option.
How do I use the old version of the dashboard?
Keep up the great work here on WordPress.
Dec 10th at 7:44 pm
I am so grateful for the new dashboard, big thanx to the WP team for making this happen.
IMHO, being able to customize the dashboard to this extent will aid productivity.
Dec 10th at 7:53 pm
Dec 10th at 8:06 pm
awesome, that makes wordpress unrivaled.
Dec 10th at 8:21 pm
Great idea, thanks for the update : )
Dec 10th at 8:42 pm
Hey thanks for all of the cool stuff and the great explanations!
Dec 10th at 8:56 pm
Thanks so much!
Dec 10th at 9:20 pm
You’ve done a very good job!!! Thanks a lot for all your recent improvements!
Dec 10th at 9:28 pm
I wish that there was a Show-All Pending Comments feature instead of 20 comments appearing
Dec 10th at 9:31 pm
I like the ability to choose what I want to see and shut down stuff I never looked at. Thanks for the changes!
Dec 10th at 9:43 pm
I’ll agree with almostinfamous, QP is a great little tool. Almost twitter-like but without the character limitations.
Dec 10th at 9:50 pm
My dear WordPress – have I said I love you lately?
Dec 10th at 10:18 pm
I think this customization is good. I’ve already changed things a little, given that I won’t be using things like ‘authors’ etc. Nice going
Dec 10th at 10:36 pm
It would be great if we could save a configuration to use across different dashboards.
Dec 10th at 11:31 pm
Nice that’s pretty helpful, thanks alot.