By default, the Status, Visibility, and Date fields in the Publish metabox are closed, and you have to click Edit to show them.

Is there a way to make these fields visible by default?

The hidden elements all have a class of hide-if-js.

  • You can figure out their respective containers' id using any DOM inspector and set their visibility in CSS file or using jQuery.
    – Max Yudin
    Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 20:34

2 Answers 2


This jQuery code seems to work, when added via the admin_footer hook.

  • #submitdiv = the whole Publish metabox
  • .misc-pub-section = each UI section (except the Publish and Save sections)
  • .hide-if-js = the fields that are hidden by default

    $('#submitdiv .misc-pub-section')
        .has("#post-status-display, #timestamp")

That will unhide the Status dropdown and the Date picker.


Building upon @supertrue 's answer, here is a full implementation.

1./ Create a .js file (for ex: admin-post-ui-visibility.js) containing the following:


    $('#submitdiv .misc-pub-section')
        .has("#post-status-display, #timestamp")


2./ Add this to your Theme's functions.php file:

function reveal_visibility_metabox($hook){
    if( 'post.php' != $hook )
    wp_enqueue_script( 'reveal_visibility_metabox', get_stylesheet_directory_uri().'/library/js/admin-post-ui-visibility.js', array( 'jquery' ), '', true );
add_action( 'admin_enqueue_scripts', 'reveal_visibility_metabox' );

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