How to Rearrange Post Edit Screen in WordPress

After using WordPress for a while, you may notice that there are some areas of the post edit screen that you do not use at all. Similarly, you will notice certain sections that you use more often, but they are not ideally placed on the screen. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could re-arrange your post edit screen to the way that helps improve your writing experience? Well you can. In this article, we will show you how to rearrange post edit screen in WordPress and improve your writing experience.

Video Tutorial

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By default, when you install WordPress your post edit screen looks something like this:

WordPress Post Edit Screen

It may look different depending on your theme and plugins. You may have extra meta boxes on the screen and additional buttons inside the Visual post editor.

All the default and custom metaboxes on the post edit screen can be minimized, hidden, rearranged. To minimize a meta box you need to click on the upward arrow icon next to the title of the meta box. To maximize it, click on the downward arrow next to the title of the meta box.

Toggle to minimize meta boxes in WordPress post edit screen

You can click and hold on a meta box title and then drag it to rearrange its position on the post edit screen. You can move it down and upwards. There are two areas where you can move a meta box. The right hand column or at the bottom of the post editor.

Moving meta boxes on post edit screen in WordPress

To hide additional meta boxes from your post edit screen, you need to click on the screen options button on the top right corner of the screen. A flydown menu would appear with the check boxes to hide or display the meta boxes on the screen. You can also choose to have a single or double column layout.

Hide meta boxes from post edit screen from screen options

For an even cleaner experience, you can try the full screen editor. Simply click on the full screen button on the post editor or press ALT+Shift+W keys on your keyboard.

Fullscreen or Distraction Free Writing Mode button in WordPress post editor

In full screen writing mode, all metaboxes are hidden and you have just basic formatting buttons at the top, your post title, and the post editor. Even the toolbar at top only appears when you move your mouse outside post editor. This is called distraction-free writing mode.

full screen distraction free writing screen in WordPress post editor

Play around with the arrangement and improve your writing experience. What’s even cooler is that each person can have their own arrangement without affecting the other author’s on the site. After all, we all work in different ways.