How To Remove Meta Boxes From the Post and Page Editors

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Are you looking for a way to remove meta boxes from the post and page editors? This snippet will remove all of the meta boxes from the post and page editors.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin. Optionally comment out the lines for the meta boxes that you would like to keep.

function remove_meta_boxes() {
  # Removes meta from Posts #
  remove_meta_box('postexcerpt','post','normal' ); 
  # Removes meta from pages #
  remove_meta_box('postexcerpt','page','normal'); // optionally use this if page excerpts are enabled

To only remove one metabox, use this code. For example, this snippet will removes the Excerpt metabox from the post editor.

 function remove_default_excerpt_metabox() {
 remove_meta_box( 'postexcerpt','post','normal' ); 

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Comments  Leave a Reply

  1. Awesome! Just what I was looking for. Thanks!

  2. WordPress 5.1 Support.

    add_action( 'admin_init', 'post_type_support_init' );
    function post_type_support_init() {
    remove_post_type_support( 'page', 'comments' );
    remove_post_type_support( 'post', 'excerpt' );
    remove_post_type_support( 'post', 'author' );
    remove_post_type_support( 'post', 'trackbacks' );
    remove_post_type_support( 'post', 'comments' );
    remove_post_type_support( 'post', 'revisions' );
    remove_post_type_support( 'post', 'post-formats' );

    Reference: https://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/remove_post_type_support

    1. I tried to remove Page Attributes with this code but is not working. Any help please?
      With ‘page’, ‘comments’ is working fine (using Gutenberg editor)

      remove_post_type_support( ‘page’, ‘page-attributes’ );

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