I don't want users to be able to choose to display the admin bar/toolbar when they log into wordpress. It doesn't have a function for those users.

Instead I would like for admin users to have the toolbar shown by default and anyone else to have the toolbar hidden by default.

I can do this with a plugin by using css and all sorts to hide the toolbar and the option in the profile, however I was wondering if there was a "proper" way to do this at all?


3 Answers 3


To set the default to not show the admin bar on the public side at registration put the following in your theme's functions.php file (note: this will only work for new users, you'll have to manually disable it for all your current users via the Dashboard):

// Disable the user admin bar on public side on registration
function trash_public_admin_bar($user_ID) {
    update_user_meta( $user_ID, 'show_admin_bar_front', 'false' );
  • I think it would be possible to change the saved settings for all existing users with a single database operation (MySQL or similar).
    – w-sky
    Jan 5, 2022 at 17:38

Using the answer by @Matth_eu, you can enable/disable the actual admin bar but to hide the option within the user-edit.php and profile.php screens, use this:

 //Removes the 'Show Toolbar' option.
  function as_remove_personal_options( $subject ) {
    $subject = preg_replace( '#<tr class="show-admin-bar">.+?/tr>#s', '', $subject, 1 );
    return $subject;

  function as_profile_subject_start() {
    ob_start( 'as_remove_personal_options' );

  function as_profile_subject_end() {
add_action( 'admin_head-profile.php', 'as_profile_subject_start' );
add_action( 'admin_footer-profile.php', 'as_profile_subject_end' );

add_action( 'admin_head-user-edit.php', 'as_profile_subject_start' );
add_action( 'admin_footer-user-edit.php', 'as_profile_subject_end' );

Try this - change manage_options to whichever capability you want.

This will show the admin bar only for administrators.

function remove_admin_bar() {

    if( current_user_can( 'manage_options' ) )
        return true;

    return false;

add_filter( 'show_admin_bar' , 'remove_admin_bar' );
  • Forgot to say - you should add this to your functions.php file
    – Matth_eu
    Feb 22, 2012 at 11:13

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