I have been attempting to disable the ability to collapse admin meta boxes. By the looks of it WordPress creates this functionality in postbox.js /wp-admin/js/ but I have been unable to find a hook or suitable JavaScript to overwrite the built in functions.

This is a some test code I am working with:

jQuery('.postbox h3, .postbox .handlediv, .hndle').bind('click', function(e) {

    return false;


Any thoughts on how this could be achieved?

3 Answers 3


Add this to your functions file and it will kill the metabox toggles:

function kill_postbox(){
    global $wp_scripts;
    $footer_scripts = $wp_scripts->in_footer;
    foreach($footer_scripts as $key => $script){
        if('postbox' === $script)
add_action('admin_footer', 'kill_postbox', 1);
  • Thanks Brian. That seems to the trick nicely. Do you know if removing the entire 'postbox' script in this way causes other issues?
    – Scott
    Commented Oct 25, 2011 at 9:12
  • It does affect user column preferences and the sortable metaboxes. You could clone postbox-dev.js and remove the toggle features, place it in your theme js folder and enqueue your hacked version with a dependency on 'jquery-ui-sortable'. This would preserve those other functions. Commented Oct 25, 2011 at 9:23
  • Thanks Brian. Luckily I do not need the sorting either so this is a silver bullet!
    – Scott
    Commented Oct 25, 2011 at 10:36
  • 1
    Doesn't seem to work (any more), postbox is removed from the in_footer array, but is loaded nonetheless. Found a working solution here, which neatly unbinds the click-handler, and leaves all other postbox functionality in place.
    – ptriek
    Commented Nov 13, 2013 at 12:59

For current Wordpress version (4.5.3) I come up with the following solution which removes closing metaboxes handler and opens all previously closed metaboxes.

php (plugin.php)

function add_admin_scripts( $hook ) {    
  wp_register_script( 'disable_metabox_toggling', plugin_dir_url(__FILE__) . 'index.js', 'jquery', '1.0.0', true);
  wp_enqueue_script( 'disable_metabox_toggling' );
add_action( 'admin_enqueue_scripts', 'add_admin_scripts', 10, 1 );

js (index.js)

  $(document).ready(function() {
     $('.postbox .hndle').unbind('click.postboxes');
     $('.postbox .handlediv').remove();

If you want to use it inside theme you should replace plugin_dir_url(__FILE__) with get_template_directory_uri() or get_stylesheet_directory_uri() for a child theme.

  • This is better than unloading the whole postbox script, thanks!
    – alana314
    Commented Jul 5, 2017 at 17:20

Simplified & best version :

function disable_metabox_folding()
{ ?><script>
    jQuery(window).load(function() {
       jQuery('.postbox .hndle').css('pointer-events', 'none');
       jQuery('.postbox .hndle').unbind('click.postboxes');
       jQuery('.postbox .handlediv').remove();

add_action('admin_footer', 'disable_metabox_folding'); 

//thanks to @jmarceli for hints

  • What about removing/disabling the sort arrow as well?
    – Shae
    Commented Jan 11, 2022 at 16:02

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