The WordPress Dashboard has a few hidden tricks that make life a lot easier. Did you know you can rearrange the items on any Dashboard page?
Annoyingly placed sections
In my screenshot, for example, you can see that in the main part of the window there is an
Incoming Links section. I don’t really look at this, but often refer to the
Recent Comments section just below it.
Recent Comments section is currently ‘below the fold’: I’ll have to scroll down to reach it.
Expand or collapse sections
I could click the arrow at the right hand end of the
Incoming Links heading to collapse that section, but it’s still taking up unnecessary space.
The screenshot shows the arrow, with its tooltip, and a collapsed
Incoming Links section.
Recent Comments has now almost come into view.
If you don’t see an arrow at the right-hand end of a heading, that’s because it’s invisible until you hover over the heading.
Rearrange the sections
It’s easy to move the sections around: grab the grey bar behind any heading and drag. The cursor changes to a 4-headed arrow and you can move any section to a new spot. My screenshot shows that I’ve moved the
Recent Comments section up, making it quicker and easier to access.
I’ve moved several things around on my Blog Post page too. For each Post I need to write an Excerpt, and I may use a Custom Post Image for some Posts. By putting both those sections immediately below the main text area I avoid endless and annoying scrolling.
The final screenshot comes from my MacTips website, where each Post has an Excerpt, or Teaser, and a specific Post Image. By default both those sections appear much further down the page. Moving them up saves me precious time every time I make a new Post.