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When activated, some plugins automatically ads their css stylesheet to your WordPress blog. This is great in most cases, but it is a lot cleaner to have all your css styles in one stylesheet. Here’s a hack to disable plugin specific stylesheets.

The first thing to do is to open the plugin file and find the code which include a plugin-specific stylesheet in the blog header. This function is called wp_enqueue_style(). For example, in case of the useful wp-pagenavi plugin, the code to find is:

wp_enqueue_style('wp-pagenavi', get_stylesheet_directory_uri().'/pagenavi-css.css', false, '2.50', 'all');

What we need to find is the handle. The handle is the first argument of the wp_enqueue_style() function, so in the previous example, wp-pagenavi is the handle we need.

Once done, open your functions.php file and paste the following code in it:

add_action( 'wp_print_styles', 'my_deregister_styles', 100 );

function my_deregister_styles() {
	wp_deregister_style( 'wp-pagenavi' );
       // deregister as many stylesheets as you need...

Thanks to Justin Tadlock for this great recipe!


  1. This is a great tip 🙂

    You can also use conditional formatting. eg:

    add_action( ‘wp_print_styles’, ‘my_deregister_styles’, 100 );

    function my_deregister_styles() {
    if ( !is_page(‘Contact’) ) {
    wp_deregister_style( ‘contact-form-7’ );

  2. Do you know how to figure out the handle when the plugin was written with CakePHP?

    I’ve got this
    wp_enqueue_style($this -> pre . ‘style’, $style_url, null, $this -> version, “screen”);

    Argh 🙁

  3. I figured it out – so if anyone else encounters something like this in a plugin…

    “pre” is a variable, and luckily it was defined in the same file. the “.’style'” is appending this to the end of the pre variable.

    So if pre = myplugin, the handle will be “mypluginstyle”

    Hope this helps anyone else that encounters this.

  4. Nice hack! I’m using this technique to disable unused JavaScript files for a mobile version of a project I’m working on.

    So, basically I have a function for detecting mobile: is_mobile() and I have:

    if ( ! is_mobile) {
    // enqueue scripts needed for desktop experience
    } else {

    Seems to work great and should improve the mobile download speed.

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