Wider Admin Menu

Description

Wider Admin Menu is a lightweight plugin that lets you set the width of your admin menu from the default 160px up to 300px.

A separate stylesheet is also included if you wish to avoid Yet Another Plugin. See FAQ.

This plugin will leave no trace! If you delete the plugin, all settings will be removed from the database. Guaranteed. However, simply deactivating it will leave your settings in place, as expected.

Screenshots

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Installation

Option A:

  1. Go to Plugins > Add New.
  2. Search for “wider admin menu”.
  3. Click “Install Now”.

Option B:

  1. Download the zip file.
  2. Unzip it on your hard drive.
  3. Upload the wider-admin-menu folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.

Option C:

  1. Download the zip file.
  2. Upload the zip file via Plugins > Add New > Upload.

Finally, activate the plugin.

By default, the plugin will set the width of the admin menu to 200px. Go to Settings > Wider Admin Menu to select a new width.

FAQ

Installation Instructions

Option A:

  1. Go to Plugins > Add New.
  2. Search for “wider admin menu”.
  3. Click “Install Now”.

Option B:

  1. Download the zip file.
  2. Unzip it on your hard drive.
  3. Upload the wider-admin-menu folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.

Option C:

  1. Download the zip file.
  2. Upload the zip file via Plugins > Add New > Upload.

Finally, activate the plugin.

By default, the plugin will set the width of the admin menu to 200px. Go to Settings > Wider Admin Menu to select a new width.

I don’t need a plugin. Can I just add some code to my stylesheet?

Sure. That’s actually how this plugin started out. If you simply need a wider admin bar and you’re cool with CSS then try this:

Look in the plugin’s /css folder for the file wider-admin-menu.css.

Then either copy its contents to your theme’s stylesheet,

OR

copy the file to your theme folder and add this to your theme’s functions.php to load it:

function wider_admin_menu() {
  wp_enqueue_style( 'wider-admin-menu', get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/wider-admin-menu.css' );
}
add_action( 'admin_enqueue_scripts', 'wider_admin_menu' );

That covers WordPress 4.0 and up.

For WordPress 3.8 to 3.9.2, substitute wider-admin-menu-38.css.

For WordPress 3.5 to 3.7.1, substitute wider-admin-menu-35.css.

For WordPress 3.3 to 3.4.2, substitute wider-admin-menu-33.css.

Need a hand? I’m on the support forum.

Leave no trace? What’s that about?

Some plugins and themes don’t fully uninstall everything they installed – things like settings, database tables, subdirectories. That bugs me. Sometimes, it bugs your WordPress too.

So this plugin will completely remove itself upon deletion. Deactivating the plugin will leave the settings intact, though. As an added bonus, you can switch off “Leave No Trace” so the settings remain after deletion, if you want.

Reviews

Did nothing

Did nothing, waste of time.
When I changed the settings. No matter what. There was no difference.

Excellent, light-weight plugin

The plugin does exactly what it promises, and the settings screen is intuitive and easily accessible. My only suggestion would be to remove the limit of 300 pixels on menu width when using the slider. Other than that: great job!

Must Have!

The cramped menu has bugged me for a long time. Now menu items can be on one line. I’m Happy! Thanks

Read all 9 reviews

Contributors & Developers

“Wider Admin Menu” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

1.2.1 – April 14, 2017

  • Update URLs.

1.2 – June 24, 2016

  • New “Leave No Trace” icon.

1.1.3 – April 29, 2016

1.1.2 – April 22, 2015

  • Fix minor JavaScript bug on Settings page.

1.1.1

  • Remove “RC” from version check.
  • Add uninstall.php.

1.1

  • Updated for WordPress 4.0.

1.0

  • Object-oriented refactor.
  • Improved i18n, ready for translations.

0.3

  • Use PHP version_compare function.
  • Fix footer style for WordPress 3.5 to 3.7.1.
  • Add “Alternate Method” instructions.
  • Use WordPress coding standards.

0.2.3

  • Updated for WordPress 3.8.2.

0.2.2

  • Added empty localization directory.

0.2.1

  • Version bump to trigger update message for anyone who downloaded my svn-fubar.

0.2

  • Moved CSS from style.php to in-page section.

0.1

  • First release.