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I'm trying to remove access to everything in the appearance menu in WP admin for the role editor. Or at the least, just remove access to themes and plugins. I have found how to remove the whole appearance menu but not parts of it like that. is this possible?

Preferably something in functions.php so I could toggle this on/off if ever I needed.

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by default the editor role should not have access to plugins nor appearance menu. But maybe this roles is already customised in your installation? here is a list of editor default capabilities

via functions.php you can remove everything in the appearance menu like so:

$role_object = get_role( 'editor' );
$role_object->remove_cap( 'edit_theme_options' );

to remove access to plugins you would have to remove some more capabilities i assume. update_plugins, delete_plugins and so on...

otherwise you could use a plugin to handle different roles comfortable. i do use adminimize quite a while.

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