As the number of activated plugins increases, many of the admin columns are getting so cluttered that it's becoming hard to read the content of the names and modify them. Is there a way to fix this?

Admin columns

  • Please edit this question if "menu" is not the correct term. – EnglishTeacherEric Jan 29 '17 at 6:24

Admin columns can be shown/hidden by using the Screen Options menu. Here, the custom column Headline news is being hidden using the UI:

Toggle admin columns

Alternatively, Admin Columns can be unset (and therefore hidden) programmatically:

add_filter( 'manage_post_posts_columns', 'wpse_hide_columns', PHP_INT_MAX, 1 );
function wpse_hide_columns( $columns ) {
    // Check for the name of the column, and unset it if it exits.
    if ( isset( $columns['headline_news'] ) ) {
        unset( $columns['headline_news'] );

    return $columns;
  • I was using Ultimo WP which obscured the 'Screen Options' tab so I simply deactivated it, made the changes, and reactivated it. Major help :-) – EnglishTeacherEric Jan 29 '17 at 21:48
  • Glad to help and thanks for the note about the Ultimo WP plugin! – Dave Romsey Jan 29 '17 at 21:58

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