I am wondering whether anyone knows how to force the dasboard layout to 1 column on a wordpress Multisite install for the Network Admin Dashboard

This is part of the solution but it does not force the number of columns to 1:

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

The following should force it but it does not work on the Network Admin Dashboard page, Anyone knows of a solution?

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

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The question is how to overwrite these columns number settings in the Screen Options panel:


Network dashboard

When you change the number of columns in the screen options panel on the network dashboard page, you get the meta value of screen_layout_dashboard-network  saved into the wp_usermeta table:


In the WP_Screen class the columns number is fetched with:


where $this->id is dashboard-network.

When user options are fetched with get_user_option( $option ) they are filtered through

return apply_filters("get_user_option_{$option}", $result, $option, $user);

In our case the user option is screen_layout_dashboard-network so the filter we are looking for is get_user_option_screen_layout_dashboard-network.

You should therefore try out:

add_filter( 'get_user_option_screen_layout_dashboard-network', 'number_of_columns' );

function number_of_columns( $nr ) {
    return 1;

Site dashboard

Changing the columns number on the site dashboard page, we get the meta value of screen_layout_dashboard saved into the wp_usermeta table:


The filter that can be used here is:

  add_filter( 'get_user_option_screen_layout_dashboard', 'number_of_columns' );

ps: The screen layout settings are only saved into the database when they are changed. So for a newly installed WordPress these settings are not in the database.

  • Thanks that's great works perfectly, just what I was looking for!
    – TARMAK
    Jun 26, 2013 at 7:10
  • ok great, you should consider marking the answer as accepted to close the question, thanks ;-)
    – birgire
    Jun 26, 2013 at 7:17

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