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How can I remove the category/taxonomy description field? The one which shows up on the edit category/taxonomy page.

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

When no hook is available, you can always count on the old jQuery trickery...

add_action( 'admin_footer-edit-tags.php', 'wpse_56569_remove_cat_tag_description' );

function wpse_56569_remove_cat_tag_description(){
    global $current_screen;
    switch ( $current_screen->id ) 
        case 'edit-category':
            // WE ARE AT /wp-admin/edit-tags.php?taxonomy=category
            // OR AT /wp-admin/edit-tags.php?action=edit&taxonomy=category&tag_ID=1&post_type=post
        case 'edit-post_tag':
            // WE ARE AT /wp-admin/edit-tags.php?taxonomy=post_tag
            // OR AT /wp-admin/edit-tags.php?action=edit&taxonomy=post_tag&tag_ID=3&post_type=post
    <script type="text/javascript">
    jQuery(document).ready( function($) {
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Thanks. This works, although I had to add #description to get it to remove the field from the edit category/taxonomy page as well. That feels a bit unsafe though, as anything with ID of description will get removed. Can I be more specific in my targeting? I´m not sure how myself. – Johan Dahl Jun 26 '12 at 14:45
Well, the script is only being printed in the edit-tags.php pages. Just checked and as expected only one div with those ID's exist in each page. But I'm adding an extra code to my answer so you are sure of what page you're actually in, tags or categories. – brasofilo Jun 26 '12 at 15:07
Thanks a bunch! – Johan Dahl Jun 26 '12 at 17:53

AFAIK, you can add new fields but you cannot remove the old ones! They are directly printed, and not stored in a variable to which a filter can be applied. Ref: wp-admin/edit-tags.php, line no. 380.

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Ok, to bad. Have to use the jQuery method above then I guess. Thanks. – Johan Dahl Jun 26 '12 at 14:43
You're welcome, the jQuery trick will work fine! – Rutwick Gangurde Jun 27 '12 at 8:59

Use CSS, I was implementing the JS solution and I didn't like the delay, then I've remembered about this.

body.taxonomy-name .term-description-wrap {
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I used the jQuery below to achieve this as well.

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On the Edit Category/Taxonomy page, .parent() doesn't remove the form field's label. Here's the jQuery for complete removal on both pages:

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