How to disable categories/most used in 'add new post'? I tried function: remove_meta_box(), but it doesn't work for me, i tried it in functions.php for my theme, it's mistake?

  • Do you want to remove the whole Categories box or only the Most used tab?
    – brasofilo
    Commented Oct 31, 2012 at 0:07
  • @brasofilo - i wanted to remove the Most used tab and did it as above- look at next posts.
    – user23188
    Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 20:07

2 Answers 2


remove_meta_box removes the whole Categories box.

The Most used tab don't have any hook.

Don't modify WordPress core files, there's always a way to modify WP behavior without touching the core.

 * Place the script in the theme's functions.php file

add_action( 'admin_head-post-new.php', 'wpse_70874_hide_most_used_cats' );
add_action( 'admin_head-post.php', 'wpse_70874_hide_most_used_cats' );

function wpse_70874_hide_most_used_cats()
    // This function runs in all post types (posts, pages and cpts)
    // So we need to check for the correct type
    global $post;
    if( 'post' != $post->post_type )

    // If checking for a custom taxonomy, the <ul> id is 'custom-taxonomy-slug-tabs'
    // See /wp-admin/includes/meta-boxes.php, line 322, WP 3.4.2
    <style type="text/css">
        #category-tabs .hide-if-no-js {display:none;}

In Add New Post, click on the Screen Options tab om the top right then uncheck Categories. If you want to change it for all users, you can either:

  • sign-in as the user and then change their screen option
  • edit your theme's function.php. there are a couple options here and here that might work for you
  • try to see if this old plugin still works with your version of wordpress
  • Thanks for help-very useful is schema for arrays in wp_meta_boxes, but i used other way - just add: ul#category-tabs li.hide-if-no-js {display:none;} in wp-admin.css and it works. i dn't see yet if it causes any aside problems in other place but i hope no:) On the other hand i don't know why code "remove_meta_box()" doesn't work...
    – Marcin
    Commented Oct 30, 2012 at 8:10
  • @Marcin, just be aware that CSS mod you made will be overwritten every time you update WP.
    – Gaia
    Commented Oct 30, 2012 at 12:07

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