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I want to turn the post-excerpt function on but it doesn't even show as an option under 'screen options' for posts. How do I get it to display as a check box under screen options?

I have tried inserting the code...// Change what's hidden by default... into the function.php but this causes problems. Perhaps I am not inserting the code into the correct part of the file or something or have left something vital out?

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  • It should be there by default unless you've done something to remove it. – Bainternet Apr 26 '11 at 0:06
  • Just set the site up last night and have done nothing apart from adding some plugins and content. – Dee Apr 26 '11 at 0:17
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Are you on the Edit Post Screen, or the Edit Page screen?

Pages do not support Excerpts by default, although you can enable it.

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    yeah, that seems to be the only reason possible. To add exerpts for Pages, add the following line to your functions.php file: add_post_type_support( 'page', 'excerpt' ); – user2015 Apr 26 '11 at 1:12
  • I'm on the Edit Post Screen – Dee Apr 26 '11 at 1:15
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    Oh I have it sorted, I was looking at the screen options on the main posts page. I just click on an individual post then screen options and there it is the excerpt option. Sorry to waste your time, but thanks for your help. It is there by default. – Dee Apr 26 '11 at 1:22
  • Glad it was something easy! :) – Chip Bennett Apr 26 '11 at 2:10
  • @Dee please post your solution as an answer and accept it. – Scott Feb 21 '12 at 15:34

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