I'm currently creating a plugin that requires me to overwrite one of the Wordpress admin panel javascript files. I have recreated the file with the changes, I need to know how to replace the existing file that gets loaded in load_scripts.php (the script needs to be added in the same order).

I was hoping something like this would do the job:

wp_register_script('admin-widgets', WP_PLUGIN_URL. '/oak-automated-sidebars/oak-widgets.js'); wp_enqueue_script('admin-widgets');

But it doesn't seem to work, the original script is still loaded. Any suggestions?

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You need to first deregister the script using wp_deregister_script

 wp_deregister_script( 'admin-widgets' );

then use your code to re-register the script using your own js file:

wp_register_script('admin-widgets', WP_PLUGIN_URL. '/oak-automated-sidebars/oak-widgets.js'); 

Hope this Helps

  • I've tried that as well, it no longer includes the old code, but it includes the new code seperately and not through load_scripts.php. It's throwing errors as a result of being loading in the wrong order, is there anyway to get it to include it in the same place through load_scripts.php?
    – Dave Hunt
    Feb 8, 2011 at 0:36
  • i'm guessing removing all of the script on load_scripts.php and enqueue them back in the right order.
    – Bainternet
    Feb 8, 2011 at 0:41
  • It's not adding my script to load_scripts.php at all, its calling it as a separate javascript file.
    – Dave Hunt
    Feb 8, 2011 at 0:43
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    that is because the use of wp_register_script with a url to the js file it suppose to load it separately and that is why if you need to keep order dependency you can use it in the $dep array in wp_enqueue_script( $handle, $src, $deps); and define your dependencies.
    – Bainternet
    Feb 8, 2011 at 0:52
  • That was exactly the problem, everything working as it should now, much appreciated!
    – Dave Hunt
    Feb 8, 2011 at 1:24

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