Anytime you can do something without installing additional WordPress plugins on your site, do it.
WordPress has several “screen options” built-in that can replace the functionality of some plugins.
For instance, if you want to remove admin dashboard widgets from appearing when you login (this will help declutter your dashboard) you could download and use Remove WP Dashboard Extra Widgets By WPCouple from the WordPress repository or you could just use “screen options”.
But outside of that one example, with “screen options” you can do some very useful things that many people don’t know about.
I’m going to take you through some of them but you can dig around and find more easily anytime there is a “screen options” tab present under your username in the top right-hand corner of an admin page you are on, click on it so you can see the different options.
Watch the video below where I go over a few of the more useful ones…
Hate watching videos? Here are some instructions and screenshots:
Remove all the admin dashboard widgets that appear when you first login. This will help unclutter things.
On your main dashboard, click on “screen options” in the top right-hand corner under your username.
Click on everything you don’t want to appear on the dashboard by unchecking the boxes –
Now you have a nice clean WordPress dashboard –
When it comes to your blog posts…
On the the main “All Posts” screen that shows all of the posts on your blog, there are several things you can do. (there are the same options available for “all pages” as well).
Click on “screen options” and select everything you don’t want to appear beside all the posts when scrolling down.
You can also choose the number of posts to display on the page.
The default is set to 20 but you can increase the number to whatever you want. So if you want 50 posts to appear on the page, place 50 in the box –
If you’re not using categories, tags, you’re the only person who is the blog author, you don’t need to know the date of each post, etc… you can uncheck those boxes and it will simplify the presentation and make it easier to focus on the posts themselves.
You can also use “screen options” when it comes to individual pages or posts.
This can be really useful for removing meta boxes at the bottom of your post/page edit screen or meta boxes that appear on the right-hand side.
Some themes and plugins will have different meta boxes all over the place so removing some of them you don’t use (or hardly use) will make the edit screen more manageable so you can quickly find the ones you frequently use when creating a post or page.
If you click on “screen options” after clicking on an individual post or page, you will see all of the meta boxes displayed on your post/page edit screen along with some other things like tags, categories, etc…
Remove everything you don’t want to appear or use when you edit a post or page by unchecking the box.
“Screen options” are also available for things like menus.
You can have a menu link open in a new tab by clicking on “screen options” on the menu page.
Then check the box next to “link target”.
When you click on the item in the “menu structure” a box will now appear.
Simply click the box to open that link in a new tab.
Something like that is useful for putting things like your Facebook page, link to Twitter, etc.. in your menu so visitors can click on them and not leave your site.
So there you have it, those are just some examples.
If you’re new to WordPress or never heard of “screen options” before, I hope you found this useful.