I hid the custom sidebar from Wordpress example https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/handbook/designers-developers/developers/tutorials/plugin-sidebar-0/ by pressing remove from toolbar star in the panel. How to get this toolbar again (I can only rename plugin name in the code to see it again)? It looks like Gutenberg is saving somewhere it's settings. Where? Thanks

  • What's the toolbar star?
    – Tom J Nowell
    Apr 24, 2019 at 20:30
  • Star beside title which appears in the example
    – Lovor
    Apr 24, 2019 at 20:59

2 Answers 2


No code changes are necessary, it can be done entirely in the UI. Sidebars appear in the 3 dot drop down menu, the star is just a way to add a shortcut to the top toolbar, e.g. here are the Yoast and Jetpack sidebars listed:

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Clicking on those options brings up their sidebars, as well as the unchecked star that can be used to re-add them to the top toolbar. In the image above, I had unchecked the star on the yoast sidebar, just as you had with your own sidebar


On further investigation, I've replicated the issue and raised a bug on the Gutenberg repo

I also notice that there's what appears to be a more complete example here:


So it appears that the handbooks code example is incomplete, and that you need to specify a component of type PluginSidebarMoreMenuItem in addition to the sidebar itself in order for it to show up as I described above

// Using ES5 syntax
var el = wp.element.createElement;
var Fragment = wp.element.Fragment;
var PluginSidebar = wp.editPost.PluginSidebar;
var PluginSidebarMoreMenuItem = wp.editPost.PluginSidebarMoreMenuItem;
var registerPlugin = wp.plugins.registerPlugin;

function Component() {
    return el(
                target: 'sidebar-name',
            'My Sidebar'
                name: 'sidebar-name',
                title: 'My Sidebar',
            'Content of the sidebar'
registerPlugin( 'plugin-name', {
    icon: 'smiley',
    render: Component,
} );

  • For some reason, I do not see this Plugins section
    – Lovor
    Apr 24, 2019 at 20:59
  • I would follow the entire tutorial, that's how it's supposed to work. If you followed the tutorial exactly and yet this isn't happening for you then you need to report that in the Gutenberg repo as a bug
    – Tom J Nowell
    Apr 24, 2019 at 22:43
  • Additionally, there's no code example in your question, so it's impossible to debug what you've done
    – Tom J Nowell
    Apr 24, 2019 at 22:43
  • The code is exactly the same (copied) from example
    – Lovor
    Apr 24, 2019 at 22:51
  • I found there is already similar or maybe same bug reported: wordpress.org/support/topic/…
    – Lovor
    Apr 24, 2019 at 22:52

I found an answer - settings are hidden in local storage in browser. Deleting it restores the sidebar. If someone knows how to disable this "star" option to hide the panel, I would be grateful

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