I have written some long descriptions for a custom category taxonomy. I don't want to remove them, I just want to hide it from the management page:


I could use CSS to hide the class "column-description", but I don't know how to only apply it to this taxonomy.

4 Answers 4


You could target the edit form for the post_tag taxonomy, through the post_tag_edit_form hook:

 * Hide the term description in the post_tag edit form
add_action( "post_tag_edit_form", function( $tag, $taxonomy )
}, 10, 2 );

Here you can also target an individual tag.

If you need something similar for other taxonomies, you can use the {taxonomy_slug}_edit_form hook.


It looks like the question was about the list tables, not the edit form.

I dug into the list tables in WorPress and found a way to remove the description column from the term table in edit-tags.php

 * Remove the 'description' column from the table in 'edit-tags.php'
 * but only for the 'post_tag' taxonomy
add_filter('manage_edit-post_tag_columns', function ( $columns ) 
    if( isset( $columns['description'] ) )
        unset( $columns['description'] );   

    return $columns;
} );

If you want to do the same for other taxonomies, use the manage_edit-{taxonomy_slug}_columns filter.

  • thanks for the answer. Wasnt quite what i wanted, but it lit the lightbulb on what i needed to do. I wanted to hide the column from the list of categories. i.e. when you click the post type and then the drop down shows "categories" i wanted to hide the description from this page. used the _add_form_fields hook instead and used the css rule there Feb 17, 2016 at 12:41
  • I updated the answer with a way to remove the 'description' column from the term table. Hopefully I understand this correctly now, if so please correct my previous edits to your question ;-) @DanHastings
    – birgire
    Feb 17, 2016 at 14:02

The cleanest way to do that, removing the description field from the edit screen also in the add screen:

function hide_description_row() {
    echo "<style> .term-description-wrap { display:none; } </style>";

add_action( "{taxonomy_slug}_edit_form", 'hide_description_row');
add_action( "{taxonomy_slug}_add_form", 'hide_description_row');

Of course you need to replace {taxonomy_slug} with your taxonomy slug.

  • 1
    Should be marked as the accepted answer. Oct 11, 2019 at 14:24
  • This is a good answer for hiding the description edit field, but most use cases will probably include hiding the column as well using the manage_edit-{taxonomy_slug}_columns filter.
    – phip
    Aug 30, 2022 at 0:54
  • As far as I see this, this will result in invalid HTML because of the style tags outside of the <head>. See my proposed solution.
    – Merc
    Jun 8, 2023 at 13:04

If you also need to hide the description field in the add form use this code

 * Hide the term description in the edit form
add_action( '{taxonomy_slug}_add_form', function( $taxonomy )
}, 10, 2 );

I would propose another solution.

function add_custom_taxonomy_css()
    get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . "/custom-taxonomy.css"

add_action("exhibitions_edit_form", "add_custom_taxonomy_css");
add_action("exhibitions_add_form", "add_custom_taxonomy_css");

and custom-taxonomy.css

 * hiding taxonomy description

.term-description-wrap {
  display: none;

This has, in contrast to the other solution, the advantage, that we still get valid HTML, because we have no stray <style> tags within our <body>.

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