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Widgets are blocks of elements that you can add to your WordPress site’s sidebars or widget ready areas. WordPress comes with several default widgets of its own, and other WordPress Themes and plugins may add their own widgets as well. The widgets screen on your WordPress website displays all the widgets that you can add to your theme. But too many widgets appearing in the screen may disturb you from working nicely and maybe you may do not need all of those widgets as well. So you might want to disable those unused or unwanted widgets from cluttering in the widget screen. Widgets are elements appearing on your widget screen (Dashboard » Appearance » Widgets) that you can add to your sidebars or widget areas. You can see many default widgets as well as widgets from plugins that you have installed on your WordPress website.

Steps to disable unwanted or unused widgets –

  • Firstly you have to install and activate WP Widget Disable plugin
  • After activation, you need to visit Appearance -> Disable Widgets page to configure plugin settings.
  • Here you can see two tabs, Sidebar Widgets, and Dashboard Widgets.


  • Sidebar Widgets – You can select the widgets that you want to hide, simply by checking the box seen before the widgets. Finally, click on Save Changes at the bottom. Now you can go to Appearance -> Widgets and see that the widgets that you had selected are now no more on the widget screen.
  • Dashboard Widgets – So you will have to disable these widgets from Appearance » Disable widgets and click on Dashboard Widgets. Here you can select the widgets that you want to hide from the dashboard for you and for other dashboard users as well.

Manually disable unwanted or unused widgets –

For Manually you can use the WordPress predefine function – “unregister_widget”. This function is used for Unregisters a widget. You can add following code in functions.php file –


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