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WordPress 3.8 introduces a new way to display the dashboard. If you don’t like it and would love to bring back the good old single-column dashboard, here’s a quick tip for you.

Bringing back the single-column dashboard in WordPress 3.8 is pretty easy: just add this code to your theme’s functions.php file.

// force one-column dashboard
function shapeSpace_screen_layout_columns($columns) {
	$columns['dashboard'] = 1;
	return $columns;
add_filter('screen_layout_columns', 'shapeSpace_screen_layout_columns');

function shapeSpace_screen_layout_dashboard() { return 1; }
add_filter('get_user_option_screen_layout_dashboard', 'shapeSpace_screen_layout_dashboard');

Thanks to Jeff Starr for the tip!


  1. Hi Thank you very much useful tutorial.

  2. Recently I’ve updated my WordPress blog from the version 3.8 to 3.8.1 and please tell me that, this code should work properly in WordPress 3.8.1? I’m waiting from your suggestion dear 🙂

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