With the new Wordpress 3.8 under Screen Options they seem to have misplaced the "Columns" feature where you could put your widgets into 1 Column, 2 Columns, 3 Columns, or 4 Columns. My question is how to I force my Dashboard Widgets to only be 1 column, or in other words, take up the whole width of the screen versus just a portion of the screen?


Another solution is to add the columns setting back to the settings.

function wpse126301_dashboard_columns() {
            'max'     => 2,
            'default' => 1
add_action( 'admin_head-index.php', 'wpse126301_dashboard_columns' );

Screenshot of the Screen Layout setting

There is a related Trac ticket: #26354

  • where should that code be entered? – jgauffin Jan 8 '14 at 12:39
  • @jgauffin You could put that in your currently active theme's functions.php file. – Michael Ecklund Mar 31 '14 at 16:24

This happens because of the new media queries. A very unfortunate change …

Anyway, you can change it by setting a custom width for .postbox-container.

Use 50% for two columns and 100 % for just one column.

add_action( 'admin_head-index.php', function()
.postbox-container {
    min-width: 100% !important;
.meta-box-sortables.ui-sortable.empty-container { 
    display: none;
  • 4
    You may also want to add in this to hide the empty box: .meta-box-sortables.ui-sortable.empty-container { display: none; } – Ipstenu Dec 12 '13 at 20:56

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