I only need to know using code in my functions.php, how to remove the Help tab and the widget border when it's empty.

I found answers here but they were old and things have changed. I'd like an updated solution to this problem, if there is one.

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By the way, I have removed the Screen Options using this code:

function remove_screen_options(){
    return false;
add_filter('screen_options_show_screen', 'remove_screen_options');

What do I need to do to remove the Help Tab and the Dashboard widget borders?

  • See this question for the help tab.
    – Milo
    Nov 19, 2015 at 4:49
  • Hi, thanks, and what about the Widget borders?.
    – RRGT19
    Nov 19, 2015 at 14:39

1 Answer 1


The code below will remove the Help Tab and will hide the extra two Dashboard widget areas:

add_action( 'admin_head', 'wpse209151_dashboard_cleanup' );
function wpse209151_dashboard_cleanup() {
    $screen = get_current_screen();

    // Bail if we're not looking at the dashboard
    if ( 'dashboard' !== $screen->base ) {

    // Deal with the Help Tabs

    // Hide the desired Dashboard widget areas 
    // 4 available widget areas: #postbox-container-1,2,3,4
    echo '<style>
        #postbox-container-4 {
            display: none;
    </style>' . "\n\n";

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