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How do you force the wordpress dashboard to be 1 coulmn by default? I want to show the dashboard as a single column for all users.

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

I found a promising looking answer to this question in the following post: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/customizing-admin-area-using-functionsphp-2-questions

It recommends using this code in the functions.php file:

function so_screen_layout_columns( $columns ) {
    $columns['dashboard'] = 1;
    return $columns;
add_filter( 'screen_layout_columns', 'so_screen_layout_columns' );

function so_screen_layout_dashboard() {
    return 1;
add_filter( 'get_user_option_screen_layout_dashboard', 'so_screen_layout_dashboard' );

Hope that helps!

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Worked like a charm! thanks! – Shae Sep 23 '11 at 18:07

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