By tmyie


2014-02-26 18:17:02 8 Comments

I've got the following code, which cleans up a lot of stuff that is not going to be used within the admin area:

add_action( 'admin_menu', 'my_remove_menu_pages' );

function my_remove_menu_pages() {
  remove_menu_page( 'edit.php' );                   //Posts
  remove_menu_page( 'upload.php' );                 //Media
  remove_menu_page( 'edit-comments.php' );          //Comments
  remove_menu_page( 'themes.php' );                 //Appearance
  remove_menu_page( 'users.php' );                  //Users
  remove_menu_page( 'tools.php' );                  //Tools
  remove_menu_page( 'options-general.php' );        //Settings

};

However, there are two menu items that have been inserted from plugins.

When I hover over each menu item, it says the links are:

/wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=acf
/wp-admin/admin.php?page=wpcf7

Is there a way to hide these menu pages, too?

7 comments

@DoubleAsam 2018-02-14 15:37:37

use this code snippet

function your_custom_name() {    
    remove_menu_page('vc-general'); //the slug as seen wp-admin.php?page=vc-general  
}    
add_action( 'admin_init', 'your_custom_name' );

@fuxia 2018-02-14 17:10:41

Please edit your answer, and add an explanation: why could that solve the problem?

@tfrommen 2014-02-26 18:29:13

You need to use the right hooks (which are not always the same as the URLs/slugs), and it doesn't hurt to use a hook that runs later (e.g., admin_init):

add_action( 'admin_init', 'wpse_136058_remove_menu_pages' );

function wpse_136058_remove_menu_pages() {

    remove_menu_page( 'edit.php?post_type=acf' );
    remove_menu_page( 'wpcf7' );
}

You can use the following to debug:

add_action( 'admin_init', 'wpse_136058_debug_admin_menu' );

function wpse_136058_debug_admin_menu() {

    echo '<pre>' . print_r( $GLOBALS[ 'menu' ], TRUE) . '</pre>';
}

This gives (for my setup) the following for the Contact Form 7 plugin menu page:

[27] => Array
        (
            [0] => Formular
            [1] => wpcf7_read_contact_forms
            [2] => wpcf7
            [3] => Contact Form 7
            [4] => menu-top menu-icon-generic toplevel_page_wpcf7 menu-top-last
            [5] => toplevel_page_wpcf7
            [6] => none
        )

The array element with key 2 is what you are looking for: wpcf7.

@Matthew Clark 2016-06-20 19:34:48

Showing how to dump the menu and find what to use for remove_menu_page() was a huge help -- taught me how to fish instead of just handing me the fish!

@hitautodestruct 2017-02-12 10:55:01

For acf there is a better approach see the docs

@Devner 2019-07-14 17:14:00

The debug code is of great help. Thanks a ton for sharing!

@Vincent Wong 2015-01-22 03:53:37

You need to find the right $menu_slug. The following code worked for me:

add_action( 'admin_init', 'remove_menus' );
function remove_menus(){
  remove_menu_page( 'wpcf7' );
}

@numediaweb 2014-09-07 15:39:54

Update

I created a code snippet with a more robust function that deals with both main menus and sub-menu items.

Original answer

Instead of specifying the menus you want to remove, specify the menues you want to keep :)

add_action('admin_init', 'nwcm_admin_init');

function nwcm_admin_init()
{   
    // Remove unnecessary menus 
    $menus_to_stay = array(
        // Client manager
        'nwcm',

        // Dashboard
        'index.php',

        // Users
        'users.php'
    );      
    foreach ($GLOBALS['menu'] as $key => $value) {          
        if (!in_array($value[2], $menus_to_stay)) remove_menu_page($value[2]);
    }   

} 

This way you don't have to search for plugin names and modify the code when you add new plugins..

@Devner 2019-07-14 16:45:46

Exactly what I was looking for! Also your Code snippet seems like a great one! Thanks a ton for adding your solution. Appreciate it!

@Prabhu Chelladurai 2014-12-03 12:57:23

Of course you can specify only the items you want to remove. Have a look in the code below:

/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/your_plugin/your_plugin.php :


add_action('admin_init', 'nwcm_admin_init');

function nwcm_admin_init()
{   
// Remove unnecessary menus 
$menus_to_remove = array(
    // menu items you want to remove
    'menu_item_1',
    'menu_item_2',
    .
    .
    'menu_item_n'
);     

// To avoid warning message, check whether 'menu' is set AND is an array
if(isset($GLOBALS['menu']) && is_array($GLOBALS['menu'])) {
   foreach ($GLOBALS['menu'] as $key => $value) {  
     //Remove the '!' in the 'if' condition.        
     if (in_array($value[2], $menus_to_remove)) remove_menu_page($value[2]);
   }
}   

} 

This is just the negative of numediaweb's method. Thanks @numediaweb. It works fine.

P.S.: 'menu_item_1/n' -> point mouse over the menu item and fetch the exact page of that menu item shown in the link.

@Bryan Willis 2014-08-25 05:25:59

    // PLUGINS THAT ADD AS DASHBOARD SUBMENU
    // IF THIS IS THE URL BELOW - THE PAGE VARIABLE IS WHAT I NEED ( SO WHATEVER COMES AFTER PAGE= )
    // http://example.com/wp-admin/index.php?page=iconize-plugin-update-notifier
    remove_submenu_page( 'index.php', 'iconize-plugin-update-notifier' );

    // OR FOR EXAMPLE WOOCOMMERCE DASHBOARD SUBMENU
    remove_submenu_page( 'index.php', 'wc-about' ); //WOO
    remove_submenu_page( 'index.php', 'wc-credits' ); //WOO
    remove_submenu_page( 'index.php', 'wc-translators' ); //WOO

    // CUSTOM POST TYPE TOP LEVELS
    remove_menu_page( 'edit.php?post_type={$POST_TYPE}' ); //LOOK FOR WHAT COMES AFTER POST TYPE IN THE URL
    remove_menu_page( 'edit.php?post_type=testimonials-widget' ); //TESTIMONIALS WIDGET
    remove_menu_page( 'edit.php?post_type=product' ); //WOOCOMMERCE

    // CUSTOM POST TYPE SUBMENU
     remove_submenu_page( 'edit.php?post_type={$POST_TYPE}', '{$SUBMENU_URL_VARIABLE}' ); //EXAMPLE FORMAT
     // SO IF BELOW IS THE URL
     // http://example.com/wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=testimonials-widget&page=testimonialswidget_settings
     // YOU NEED TO SEE WHATS AFTER PAGE
     remove_submenu_page( 'edit.php?post_type=testimonials-widget', 'testimonialswidget_settings' ); //TESTIMONIALS WIDGET

    // OTHER EXAMPLES
    remove_menu_page( 'revslider' ); // REVSLIDER
    remove_menu_page( 'woocommerce' ); // WOOCOMMERCE
    remove_menu_page( 'order-post-types-shop_order' ); // WOOCOMMERCE
    remove_menu_page( 'order-post-types-shop_coupons' ); // WOOCOMMERCE
    remove_menu_page( 'shortcodes-ultimate' ); // SHORTCODES ULTIMATE
    remove_menu_page( 'wp-admin-microblog/wp-admin-microblog.php' ); // ADMIN MICROBLOG
    remove_menu_page( 'snippets' ); //CODE SNIPPETS
    remove_menu_page( 'gf_edit_forms' ); // GRAVITY FORMS
        remove_submenu_page( 'gf_edit_forms', 'gf_settings' ); // GRAVITY FORMS
        remove_submenu_page( 'gf_edit_forms', 'gf_export' ); // GRAVITY FORMS
        remove_submenu_page( 'gf_edit_forms', 'gf_update' ); // GRAVITY FORMS
        remove_submenu_page( 'gf_edit_forms', 'gf_addons' ); // GRAVITY FORMS
        remove_submenu_page( 'gf_edit_forms', 'gf_help' ); // GRAVITY FORMS

        remove_submenu_page( 'cleverness-to-do-list', 'cleverness-to-do-list-settings' ); //Cleverness TODO

YOU CAN DEBUG ALL THIS WITH THE FOLLOWING TO GET ALL THE INFO YOU NEED:

if (!function_exists('debug_admin_menus')):
function debug_admin_menus() {
if ( !is_admin())
        return;
    global $submenu, $menu, $pagenow;
    if ( current_user_can('manage_options') ) { // ONLY DO THIS FOR ADMIN
        if( $pagenow == 'index.php' ) {  // PRINTS ON DASHBOARD
            echo '<pre>'; print_r( $menu ); echo '</pre>'; // TOP LEVEL MENUS
            echo '<pre>'; print_r( $submenu ); echo '</pre>'; // SUBMENUS
        }
    }
}
add_action( 'admin_notices', 'debug_admin_menus' );
endif;

The keys will give you the array values that allow you do all of this with wordpress globals (although not recommended)

function remove_submenus_all_please() {
if ( !is_admin())
        return;
  global $submenu;
    unset($submenu['index.php'][10]); // Removes Updates
  //Posts menu
 // unset($submenu['edit.php'][5]); // Leads to listing of available posts to edit
 // unset($submenu['edit.php'][10]); // Add new post
 // unset($submenu['edit.php'][15]); // Remove categories
 // unset($submenu['edit.php'][16]); // Removes Post Tags
}
add_action('admin_menu', 'remove_submenus_all_please', 999);

And to remove for certain users just do the same thing except with capabilities added:

function remove_by_caps_admin_menu() {
if ( !is_admin())
        return;
    if ( !current_user_can('manage_options') ) {
        remove_menu_page( 'revslider' ); // REVSLIDER
    } elseif ( !current_user_can('edit_posts') ) {
        remove_menu_page( 'woocommerce' ); // WOO
    } else {
    }
}
add_action('admin_menu', 'remove_by_caps_admin_menu', 999);

AND TO TIE IT ALL TOGETHER WHY NOT SHORTEN OUR CODE? YOU CAN USE ARRAYS TO AVOID WRITING remove_submenu_page 50 times. This also works with the toolbar nodes:

if ( !function_exists( 'remove_admin_menupages_in_array' ) ) {
function remove_admin_menupages_in_array() {
    if ( !is_admin())
        return;
          $admin_menus = array(
                                'revslider',
                                'woocommerce',
                                'shortcodes-ultimate',
          );

    foreach ( $admin_menus as $menu_page ) {
        if ( !current_user_can('manage_options') ) {
            remove_menu_page( $menu_page );
        }
    } // foreach
 } // function
add_action('admin_menu', 'remove_admin_menupages_in_array', 9999);
} // exists

@hereswhatidid 2014-02-26 18:24:29

You probably need to set the add_action priority to a higher number and target those two new links specifically like so:

add_action( 'admin_menu', 'my_remove_menu_pages', 999 );

function my_remove_menu_pages() {
  remove_menu_page( 'edit.php' );                   //Posts
  remove_menu_page( 'upload.php' );                 //Media
  remove_menu_page( 'edit-comments.php' );          //Comments
  remove_menu_page( 'themes.php' );                 //Appearance
  remove_menu_page( 'users.php' );                  //Users
  remove_menu_page( 'tools.php' );                  //Tools
  remove_menu_page( 'options-general.php' );        //Settings
  remove_menu_page( 'edit.php?post_type=acf' );
  remove_menu_page( 'wpcf7' );
};

Advanced Custom Fields also provides a help document on how to do this for their menu here:

http://www.advancedcustomfields.com/resources/how-to/how-to-hide-acf-menu-from-clients/

Contact Form 7 also has it's own way of restricting the visibility of the menu:

http://contactform7.com/restricting-access-to-the-administration-panel/

@Abel Melquiades Callejo 2016-06-08 08:29:08

hiding contactform7 worked for me by using remove_menu_page( 'wpcf7' );

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