Remove “From computer” tab for posts with existing attachments

Adding this snippet to the functions.php of your wordpress theme will remove the "From computer:" tab from posts within existing attachments.

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add_filter('media_upload_tabs','wpse13567_media_upload_tabs', 99);
function wpse13567_media_upload_tabs( $tabs ) {
    if ( wpse13567_post_has_attachments() ) {
        unset( $tabs['type'] );
    unset( $tabs['type_url'] );
    unset( $tabs['library'] );
    return $tabs;

add_filter( 'media_upload_default_tab', 'wpse13567_media_upload_default_tab' );
function wpse13567_media_upload_default_tab( $tab ){
    if ( wpse13567_post_has_attachments() ) {
        return 'gallery';
    return $tab;

function wpse13567_post_has_attachments(){
    static $post_has_attachments = null;
    if ( null === $post_has_attachments && $post_id = (isset($_REQUEST['post_id']) ? $_REQUEST['post_id'] : false) ) {
        $post_has_attachments = count(get_posts("post_type=attachment&post_parent={$post_id}"))>0;
    return $post_has_attachments;

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  1. Does this snippet work on WP 3.8?

  2. Does this snippet work on WP 3.8?

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