Is there a way to change the default media manager tab? I have managed to remove everything that I didn't want to show in media manager, using the instructions from the first post here Add a menu item to Wordpress 3.5 Media Manager. I also have created a custom tab.

The problem is that when I click the Add Media button in posts, it sends me to the Media Library by default, which I have disabled.


Is it possible to set the default screen from Media Library (which I have disabled) to the Insert from URL? So every time i click the Add Media I will get this screen:

https://i.stack.imgur.com/YH71z.png (the one from Insert from URL).

My coding skills are nearly zero... and the closest solution to my problem I believe it's this Changing the media library default tab, but it doesn't work...

  • Please explain why the provided solution does not work.
    – kaiser
    May 18, 2014 at 19:28

1 Answer 1


Try this:

function rearrange_media_tabs($_default_tabs) {
    $_default_tabs = array(
        'custom' => __('Your Tab Name'),
        'type_url' => __('From URL')

   return $_default_tabs;

add_filter( 'media_upload_tabs', 'rearrange_media_tabs' );

From the Codex: https://developer.wordpress.org/reference/functions/media_upload_tabs/

  • Could you add a little explanation on to why this answers the particular question and how it works?
    – Howdy_McGee
    Feb 6, 2015 at 20:42

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