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I'm creating a multi-author blog, and have recently added the "Dashboard Notepads" plugin. This allows me to add 1 to 3 dashboard widgets which I can write custom notes in, like news or notices. Is there a way I can set that widget to appear at the top by default? I had a look but could only find a plugin which works up to 2.8. Using version 3.0.4. I would much rather do this without the need to change code, although I would consider it as a last resort option.

Thanks in advance.

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Hi @Relequestual:

I think what you want is here:

It doesn't require you to change code per se, just to add the code like shown in the WordPress Codex to your theme's functions.php file which is a standard way to customize and/or extend WordPress:

To find out the values you need use, just add a print_r($wp_meta_boxes); line then an exit; immediately below the global $wp_meta_boxes; line like this:

global $wp_meta_boxes;
exit;  // Stop execution here so you can see it.

You may need to actually view source to make sense of it all.


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Fantastic. I believe this is exactly what I was after. I did have a look in the wordpress codex, but didn't figure to check the dashboard widget API. – Relequestual Jan 6 '11 at 8:47
@Relequestual - Glad I could help! :) – MikeSchinkel Jan 6 '11 at 8:51

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