Is there a way to override the styles in the admin in my theme?

I don't want to touch the admin style sheet if I don't have to.

I just want to make a column bigger in my admin, but also, to do it in a way that doesn't get overridden in a future wordpress update.

3 Answers 3


Take a look here at the CODEX for an example on how to do this very thing.

Example: Load CSS File on All Admin Pages

function load_custom_wp_admin_style(){
    wp_register_style( 'custom_wp_admin_css', get_bloginfo('stylesheet_directory') . '/admin-style.css', false, '1.0.0' );
    wp_enqueue_style( 'custom_wp_admin_css' );
add_action('admin_enqueue_scripts', 'load_custom_wp_admin_style');

Example: Target a Specific Admin Page

function my_enqueue($hook) {
    if( 'edit.php' != $hook )
    wp_enqueue_script( 'my_custom_script', plugins_url('/myscript.js', __FILE__) );
add_action( 'admin_enqueue_scripts', 'my_enqueue' );
  • Does the css I create "add" to the current admin style? I only need to override 1 style so I don't want to have to skin the entire admin side... Mar 7, 2012 at 15:38
  • correct, it adds to the already existing styles
    – The Z Man
    Mar 7, 2012 at 15:47
  • this worked fine. I'll just add that more modern way to give path to stylesheet is get_stylesheet_directory_uri() instead of get_bloginfo('stylesheet_directory')
    – yitwail
    Feb 23, 2013 at 18:02

You can use the admin_enqueue_scripts hook in combination with wp_enqueue_style in a manner similar to this:

// you may want to wrap add_action() in a conditional to prevent enqueue on every page
add_action( 'admin_enqueue_scripts', 'wpse44753_admin_enqueue' );

function wpse44753_admin_enqueue() {
        'script/location/here.css', // you probably want to use plugins_url() for this

What about using "add_editor_style( array|string $stylesheet = 'editor-style.css' )" ?

"The parameter $stylesheet is the name of the stylesheet, relative to the theme root. It also accepts an array of stylesheets. It is optional and defaults to ‘editor-style.css’.

This function automatically adds another stylesheet with -rtl prefix, e.g. editor-style-rtl.css. If that file doesn’t exist, it is removed before adding the stylesheet(s) to TinyMCE. If an array of stylesheets is passed to add_editor_style(), RTL is only added for the first stylesheet."

 * Registers an editor stylesheet for the theme.
 if ( ! function_exists( 'ns_admin_custom_css' ) ) : 
 function ns_admin_custom_css() {
    add_editor_style( get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/assets/css/admin.css' );
 add_action( 'admin_init', 'ns_admin_custom_css' );

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