The Admin Bar has a menu with shortcuts for adding new content.

By default, it shows "Post", "Media", "Page" and "User".

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I'm using register_post_type to register a new custom post type. I can use its menu_position property to change the position in the dashboard menu, but how can I reorder the shortcut link so it will show higher, instead of just above "User"?


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I had a similar situation. My custom post type showed up under the Admin Bar as Artifact, but my clients preferred it to be at the top of the list. Plus, the items for Media and User were not really needed.

WordPress New menu before

My approach was first to user remove_node to take away all the ones except my custom post-type and then put back the ones I want with add_node

add_action( 'wp_before_admin_bar_render', 'portfolio_adminbar' );

function portfolio_adminbar() {

    global $wp_admin_bar;

    // get node for New + menu node
    $new_content_node = $wp_admin_bar->get_node('new-content');

    // change URL for node, edit for prefered link
    $new_content_node->href = admin_url( 'post-new.php?post_type=portfolio' );

    // Update New + menu node

    // remove all items from New Content menu

    // add back the new Post link
    $args = array(
        'id'     => 'new-post',    
        'title'  => 'Blog Post', 
        'parent' => 'new-content',
        'href'  => admin_url( 'post-new.php' ),
        'meta'  => array( 'class' => 'ab-item' )
    $wp_admin_bar->add_node( $args );

    // add back the new Page 
    $args = array(
        'id'     => 'new-page',    
        'title'  => 'Page', 
        'parent' => 'new-content',
        'href'  => admin_url( 'post-new.php?post_type=page' ),
        'meta'  => array( 'class' => 'ab-item' )
    $wp_admin_bar->add_node( $args );


Here is my menu after:

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  • Worked like a charm! But is there any way to get the new top item to be the default if you just click "+ New"? In my case it still chooses Post, not the custom post type we use almost exclusively. Feb 4, 2020 at 15:00
  • 1
    Ahh, that is needed. I just updated code with a few lines to do this, you may need to edit the destination link for your purposes. Borrowed this from wordpress.stackexchange.com/a/47927/14945
    – cogdog
    Feb 4, 2020 at 20:35
  • Sweet - thanks! Feb 5, 2020 at 0:15

This section rendered via wp_admin_bar_new_content_menu (admin-bar.php Line No. 690-746) callback on admin_bar_menu action (class-wp-admin-bar.php Line No. 584-588).

I couldn't find any hooks to filter the menu items here. So i'm thinking of removing that action and add another action with your own sorting.

Remove this action with remove_action and then attach your custom callback again to add menus. Eg.

remove_action( 'admin_bar_menu', 'wp_admin_bar_new_content_menu', 70 );

add_action( 'admin_bar_menu', 'wpse273333_admin_bar_custom_new_content_menu', 70 );
function wpse_273333_admin_bar_custom_new_content_menu( \WP_Admin_Bar $wp_admin_bar ){
    // add your menus
    // check wp_admin_bar_new_content_menu() function for some idea

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