How to remove Dashboard Welcome Panel

In some previous articles, we showed you how to modify dashboard elements in order to make it more personal. For example, you may want to prevent dragging of widgets in the dashboard area or show any external RSS feed on the dashboard.

In today’s article, we will show a really easy way to remove Welcome Panel.

Welcome Panel was introduced in WordPress v3.3 and since then it has allowed faster navigation for beginners. This panel introduces buttons and links which will lead users towards theme customization. This way, new users got a chance to reach their first pages, options, widgets, etc.

How to remove Dashboard Welcome Panel

But if you have already worked with WordPress, or your client doesn’t need this kind of help, the panel will only get in your way and take up the always needed space.

In version 3.5, a new hook was introduced which allows us to remove Dashboard Welcome Panel easily. Follow these few steps and you can say goodbye to your Welcome Panel.

Remove dashboard welcome panel:

  1. Find functions.php file located in your theme
  2. Copy and paste the hook:
  3. remove_action('welcome_panel', 'wp_welcome_panel');
  4. Save changes.
  5. Navigate to your Dashboard which now doesn’t contain Welcome Panel

If you want to further improve the dashboard area, you may consider adding chat to the area where your other admins and authors can communicate or add Youtube Analytics if you like working with videos.

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