The Many Ways to Configure Your New Dashboard

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:

Dashboard - Double-Wide Column

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:

A Tidy Dashboard

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.

Collapsed Menu

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

Screen Options - 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!


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  1. Jeff

    Thanks for all the tips. I still use WordPress 2.6.5 on another blog (I’m waiting for 2.7 to finish working through the release candidates before upgrading). It took me maybe two days to get used to the new admin interface, but I must say, now I can’t stand using the old one!

  2. Shreevatsa

    You forgot to mention: the dashboard colour profile can be changed from grey to blue in Users->Your Profile. :-)

  3. Rizal

    so customizable.
    love it

  4. art predator

    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.

  5. Chittaranjan

    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 :mrgreen:

    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.

  6. Der Wolfanwalt

    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.

  7. jamieissocoollike

    Sweet. Awesome tips on the new Dashboard Automattic!

  8. smarthype

    Thank you for the very helpful tips!

  9. Neclord

    As always, well done mates! Love ya

  10. Rod E. Smith, MSMFT

    Thanks. I love it.

  11. slider123

    thanks for the help!

  12. JBantha

    Sweet! X3… this remindme the Photoshop Cs3 interface! ^_^
    Especially the “Collapse Icons” option! :P

  13. gutzofter

    Thanks, but I wish they would allow me to move the menu bar to the right side instead of locked into the right.

  14. JalanSutera.com™

    WP.com is funtastic. I love it very much

  15. the rufus

    Didn’t find all the goodies myself – so I guess next week I’ll listen you carefully again.

  16. ..::*Bre*::..

    I really loved it! It so easier to deal with the new dashboard… Great job!

  17. Joji Kaden

    Thanks, its helpful. God Bless!

  18. Fairchild_13

    Cool, thanks!

  19. 1hourstop

    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

  20. Rollin

    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.

  21. krysjez

    I didn’t know you could completely hide modules. Thanks for the tip!

  22. Peter Parkour

    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.

  23. Richmond

    What is Quickpress?

  24. dolugen

    How do you do these guys? Wonderful :)

  25. Alexchious

    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!!!

  26. Bambang Sriwijonarko, S.Ip

    I am New Blogger, so need more information from wordpress admin.

    • Heather

      We have all kinds of resources for you to check out through Support. Feel free to poke around, and write to us if you have any specific questions about your blog or account.

  27. goosetea

    can’t wait for comments settings
    and Heather, you are beautiful :)

  28. Gi

    Heh, I’m going to give it a try. Thanks for all the tips!

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  30. Gurindam Jiwa

    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.

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  32. Sknownotice

    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!

  33. hoh

    ta for this
    errrr…….
    what happened to the nifty font size/title button?!
    the < h 3 etc – it’s vanished!

    • Heather

      You can still change heading sizes. Just expand your toolbar by clicking on the icon to the far right, and then select the heading size from the dropdown on the left.

  34. Daniel

    I really like all the great features and that I can customize my dashboard for ultimate efficiency!

  35. theangryhedgehog

    Yea I love the new dashboard drag & drop function…its nifty! Means my screen is not 10 feet long!

  36. villatierra

    Excellent, WordPress leading the way in blogs

  37. F4154LMAN

    new 2.7 dashboard design ;)
    like it!

  38. Ron

    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.

  39. static monkey

    Very cool! Keep up the good work WordPress!

  40. Dark Crow200 aka Moonkey

    Awesome!

    It really helped.

    Thanks WordPress!

    ~dark~

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  42. Селицкас Павел

    I learnet almost all these goodies myself, but i didn’t know what keyboard shortcuts were set (i heard about ‘em).

  43. Kathy Keating

    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!

  44. Splodge!

    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.

  45. s3rg10p3l1gr0

    Fantastic! :-D Thanks for the WP team :-)

  46. eideard

    Having fun playing with the new look. Must say – still using 2.6.5 over at the “big” blog – really feels old-fashioned, now.

  47. memsaab

    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.

  48. khacnhu

    That’s awesome! Thanks

  49. soupaddict

    I really like the new dashboard – thanks to everyone who worked so hard on giving us these tools!

  50. sammy123iscool

    WOW… U ARE SO GOOD AT YOUR JOB IT IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. marcys

    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.

  52. Paul Roman

    I’m loving it.

  53. حسین

    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!

  54. Δημήτρης Ευαγγελόπουλος

    If you ask me, i would prefer the old dashboard. I was used to it and now i find it difficult to “adapt”.

  55. mormonsoprano

    Thank you for this! Very nice to have so much flexibility.

  56. bieksia

    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!?!?!

  57. valwebb

    Love the new dashboard! Easier to use, and easier on the eye. Thanks for a great redesign.

  58. soilaangie

    hey thanks for the tips. when you’re new to this it can be rather complicated

  59. V

    I am really enjoying the new dashboard. It is much easier for me to navigate! Thanks!

  60. Thoth

    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.

  61. Armando Netto

    I’m Loving this new design of WP Dashboard! It’s so Cool and Clean!

  62. Jennifer

    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.

  63. Dean

    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.

  64. Kim S. Clune

    Super sweet! Thanks!

  65. Radhika Prashar

    WordPress Rocks!!

  66. AudaciousAria

    Thanks Heather, I was wondering about this. Off to go play with boxes & buttons now!

  67. Carlos

    Great. No really! haha

  68. Alvaro Cavalcanti

    That’s really cool! Thanks a lot! I’m loving the new dashboard :)

  69. fotdmike

    Super. Love it. Well done.

  70. almostinfamous

    this is very cool. i havent been upto messing with my dashboard much, but now i shall do so. quickpress is so awesome!

  71. Nita

    This is all quite brilliant! Thanks.

  72. Kevin

    This is incredible! Thank you, guys!

  73. photoallan

    Heather,

    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.

  74. Crystal

    Thanks for showing that it is possible to make the box stretch across the screen!

  75. clubedinamis

    hahah…..
    that`s some interesting stuff

    congrats, almighty worpress

  76. hal786

    salam
    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! ;)

  77. banor

    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.)

    Thanks!
    God bless,
    -b

  78. Ry Cooder

    Wonderful! You’re doin’ great gentlemen.

    (Heather, will you marry me?)

  79. completelife

    Only one Word from a German Blogger:

    FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THANKS WORDPRESS!!

    Greetings,

    Physioblogger

  80. permanentbeautybydesign

    This is great, always something new to learn…thanks.

  81. Kilburn Hall

    Heather-

    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.

    Kilburn Hall

    • Heather

      Thanks for the love! Sorry, but there isn’t an option to revert to the old version. This is the foundation for the rest of what is to come on WordPress. Onward and upward!

  82. thriveblogger

    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.

  83. Maaruthi

    Nice design :)

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  86. ایمان

    awesome, that makes wordpress unrivaled.

  87. CharmaineH

    Great idea, thanks for the update : )

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  89. aceprock

    Hey thanks for all of the cool stuff and the great explanations!

  90. kirkcarlson

    Thanks so much!

  91. ppawlo

    You’ve done a very good job!!! Thanks a lot for all your recent improvements!

  92. tooly228

    I wish that there was a Show-All Pending Comments feature instead of 20 comments appearing

  93. ian in hamburg

    I like the ability to choose what I want to see and shut down stuff I never looked at. Thanks for the changes!

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  95. romeo7383

    I’ll agree with almostinfamous, QP is a great little tool. Almost twitter-like but without the character limitations.

  96. Joe Cure

    My dear WordPress – have I said I love you lately?

  97. goldnsilver

    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

  98. Shen-yi Liao

    It would be great if we could save a configuration to use across different dashboards.

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  100. Ryo-Base

    Nice that’s pretty helpful, thanks alot.

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