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I do not want my clients to select a parent page from the drop down list, when creating a child page, so I would like to create a link on the dashboard which links to "add new page" - but with a preselected parent page.

Is this possible? And if not, then is there a way to change the default parent from "(no parent)" to a parent of my choice?

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welcome to WPSE!

This answer from Mike Schinkel was useful to find a solution* for Get QueryString values with jQuery. *(not used anymore, a simple $_GET does it)

It's also worth noting that, in that same answer, Mike also links to this other important Question: What is the best way to add custom javascript files to the site?

That being said, the following code does the trick. It doesn't use admin_enqueue_scripts -best practice-, and instead is printing it directly in the admin footer...

Add this code to your theme's functions.php and make your custom link to "Add New Page" like this: http://example.com/wp-admin/post-new.php?post_type=page&the_id=28, being the_id the ID of the desired parent page.

add_action( 'admin_head-post-new.php', 'pre_select_parent_wpse_56952' );

function pre_select_parent_wpse_56952() 
    // Check if adding new page 
    if( !isset($_GET['post_type']) || 'page' != $_GET['post_type'] ) 

    // Check for pre-selected parent
    if( !isset($_GET['the_id']) || empty( $_GET['the_id'] ) ) 

    // There is a pre-selected value for the correct post_type, proceed with script
    $the_id = $_GET['the_id'];
        <script type="text/javascript">
        jQuery(document).ready( function($) 
            $('#parent_id').val(<?php echo $the_id; ?>);
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Wow! You sir, are a modern day hero! I can not thank you enough for this! – Cody Jun 30 '12 at 15:09
could this be used for preselecting page templates as well? – Cody Jul 1 '12 at 11:43
Yes, quite easily, you only have to analyze the HTML code, check the ID and values used, and add the correspondent two lines of Javascript (template_id)... Give it a try but ping me in case of troubles (i'm on the iphone right now;) – brasofilo Jul 1 '12 at 12:02
Similar code for templates in my answer to this question: wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/53486/… – brasofilo Jul 1 '12 at 12:18
Cool, thanks again! :) – Cody Jul 3 '12 at 7:21

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