For certain reasons I prefer to reply to readers' comments from the admin panel (edit-comments.php). It's not a problem with a mouse. When I place the cursor over a comment, the comment management links pop-up, including the reply option. It's shown below, albeit with the Russian UI.

comment management

The Reply link opens the reply form right below the comment.

It doesn't work that way for me on a tablet PC. I can place a finger on the comment and the links appear, but when I try to press any link they all disappear.

FWIW, I have an HP tablet and use IE10 (metro/desktop) on Windows 8, and have no desire to change the browser.

Basically, there are two questions:

  1. Is there an obvious option I'm missing that enables me to accomplish the goal?
  2. If not, how can I modify WP behavior to display these links permanently?

Thanks for your attention to my questions :)

  • By default, hover functionality should work with a click instead on touch devices. You may be a hardware/browser edge case that hasn't been addressed by core. I ran quick numbers on analytics for a few sites I manage and the highest IE on a windows mobile device percentage of views was 0.3%. – Andrew Bartel Sep 4 '13 at 17:01
  • Andrew, like I said, touching the comment invokes the links, but then I can't press them, because they disappear. I'm not surprised by the stats, but they are irrelevant to my question :) – Vadim Sep 4 '13 at 17:08

For IPad and iPhone there is an app called Touch Punch that makes the admin screens more tablet friendly. Maybe there is something similar to resolve your issue?

  • Thanks, Ian. After some research: there's a WP app for Windows Phone from Automattic, but their version of modern app for Windows 8 requires Jetpack plug-in and connecting the self-hosted blog to wordpress.com, which I'm not really willing to do at this point. – Vadim Sep 12 '13 at 17:35

I don't know if there's an option you're missing, but this can be used as a workaround:

 * Plugin Name: Show Quick Actions for Devices

foreach( array( 'edit.php', 'edit-comments.php' ) as $page )
    add_action( "admin_head-$page", 'hide_row_action_wpse_112889', 100 );

function hide_row_action_wpse_112889() 
    if( !wp_is_mobile() )

    echo '<style type="text/css">.row-actions {visibility:initial;}</style>';

The function wp_is_mobile can be replaced with another detection method.

At the end, this may be more effective than having to "hover" (not) and then selecting the action.

List of files where row_actions shows up:

row-actions files list

  • Thanks, this looks close! Unlike IE on Windows Phone (which does display the links I need right away), modern IE10 on Windows 8 doesn't report itself as a mobile browser. Yet it does add "Touch" on touch capable hardware to the user agent string [blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2012/07/12/… Is this possible to modify your code to take advantage of this fact? Unfortunately, my PHP skills are close to zero, I'm just a blogger :) – Vadim Sep 12 '13 at 17:45
  • You'd have to create a custom function to detect browser and platform using the Browser class. Or use some custom JavaScript and place it in that admin_head hook. – brasofilo Sep 12 '13 at 18:04

Here's the answer to my question #2

how can I modify WP behavior to display these links permanently?

 * Plugin Name: Always Show Quick Actions

add_action( "admin_head", 'hide_row_action_wpse_112889');

function hide_row_action_wpse_112889() 
    echo '<style type="text/css">.row-actions {visibility:visible !important;}</style>';

It does the trick, and the plugin can be quickly disabled if these links start getting on your nerves :)

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