This plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 3 major releases of WordPress. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

Auto-Deselect Uncategorized


Automatically and visibly deselect the “Uncategorized” category (or your custom default post category) when another category is selected, and select it when no other categories are selected. Supports the WordPress 5.0+ Block Editor (Gutenberg).


To prevent the Uncategorized category from being attached to posts that are categorized, of course.

“When you author a post in WordPress, it will automatically assign the post to your default category. This is determined by navigating to Settings > Writing and looking for Default Post Category. You can set the default category to a different one of your choosing, and you can even rename ‘Uncategorized’ to something that makes more sense for your site.

The challenge with the WordPress default category is that authors will frequently draft their articles and choose the appropriate category at the end of the process. All too often, they forget to uncheck the default category, so you have lots of mis-categorized, or double-categorized posts. In fact, you can see thousands of WordPress sites out there that have everything categorized under ‘Uncategorized’, the default setting in WordPress.” (GeekWire, 2015)


Support is handled in the WordPress forums. Please note that support is limited and does not cover any custom implementation of the plugin. Before posting a question, please confirm that the problem still exists with a default theme and with all other plugins disabled.

Please report any bugs, errors, warnings, or code issues on GitHub.

Video Demonstration


  • Animation showing the Auto Deselect Uncategorized plugin in action on the post editor screen.


  1. Upload the plugin folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress


Are there any settings?

The plugin automatically targets the “Categories” taxonomy and uses the “Default Post Category” that’s set in Settings > Writing.


March 8, 2021
Honestly, I dont know why this is not a default feature in wordpres simple probem simple solution
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Contributors & Developers

“Auto-Deselect Uncategorized” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Reorganize plugin tags


  • Update readme (short description & tags)


  • Improve build script
  • Remove extraneous files from SVN repository


  • Initial release