I know how to add columns to the users.php users page with manage_users_columns and manage_users_custom_column, but I don't know to modify the information shown in the default columns (e.g. username, name, email, etc.).

How can I add text as shown by the red "some text here" text in the image below?

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1 Answer 1


A Replica Of The Name Column In WP_Users_List_Table

I think we'll have to remove the current Name column and add in our own column instead.

Here are the steps:

Step #1

First we add in our own custom Name column and then remove the default Name column. Here I use the array slicing trick, mentioned here, to do it in a single sweep:

add_filter( 'manage_users_columns', function( $columns )
    return array_slice( $columns, 0, 2, true ) 
        + [ 'mycol' => __( 'Name' ) ] 
        + array_slice( $columns, 3, null, true );
} );

Step #2

Then we need to display the first- and lastname of the corresponding user, together with the extra "Some text here" message:

add_filter( 'manage_users_custom_column', function( $output, $column_name, $user_id )
    if( 'mycol' === $column_name )
        $u = new WP_User( $user_id ); 
        if( $u instanceof \WP_User )
            // Default output
            $output .= "$u->first_name $u->last_name";

            // Extra output
            $output .= "<p>Some text here!</p>";

            // Housecleaning
            unset( $u ); 
    return $output;
}, 10, 3 );   

Step #3

Then we only need to adjust the sortable columns with:

add_filter( 'manage_users_sortable_columns', function( $columns )
    $columns['mycol'] = 'name';
    return $columns;
} );

to handle the name sorting, that's already supported by the public orderby query varaiable:




Hopefully you can adjust this to your needs.

  • That's an interesting approach. Are you saying there's no way to filter the existing display and add our own content then?
    – j08691
    Commented Feb 23, 2016 at 15:53
  • 2
    I skimmed through source of WP_List_Table and WP_Users_List_Table, and specifically the WP_Users_List_Table::single_row() method, but couldn't find a suitable entry point for this kind of text injection. The @j08691
    – birgire
    Commented Feb 23, 2016 at 15:58
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    This works great in functions.php, but when I added it as a plugin I had to change the priority of the manage_users_custom_column filter to something higher than 10 (11 seemed fine). Thanks!
    – j08691
    Commented Feb 26, 2016 at 16:28
  • Glad to hear it worked for you and thanks for the status update @j08691
    – birgire
    Commented Feb 27, 2016 at 10:10

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