Support » Alpha/Beta/RC » Cannot remove admin bar from wp-admin in 3.3

  • Resolved Dunhamzzz


    I’m on the latest trunk, and for some reason it is impossible to remove the admin bar in both the conventional and unrecommended ways, I have tried all of these so far:

    add_filter( 'show_admin_bar', '__return_false' );
    remove_action('init', 'wp_admin_bar_init');

    I understand that some of the admin functionality is being merged into the adminbar, but as I am doing a complete wp-admin re-skin I don’t need the screen options/help etc that is now in the admin bar anyway.

    Will there be a way in the future to remove the adminbar properly in the wp-admin in 3.3? Obviously CSS is still a possibility.

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  • Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    🏳️‍🌈 Halfelf Rogue & Plugin Review Team Rep

    Probably just CSS, at least for the back end. You can still turn it off via a checkbox for the front.

    This will kill it: #wpadminbar { display:none; }

    Yeah obviously but it’s still loading it and including the JS/CSS unnecessarily. Need a little bit more CSS to remove the padding from #wpwrap as well:

    body.admin-bar #wpcontent, body.admin-bar #adminmenu {
    	padding-top: 0;
    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    🏳️‍🌈 Halfelf Rogue & Plugin Review Team Rep

    Honestly, I’d design your custom admin theme around it, but only because it’s the “way WP is headed.” The more you have to rip out, the more of a hassle it becomes to maintain your admin theme/plugin.

    Moderator Dion Hulse


    Just to echo Ipstenu here, You’re going to be better off including it in your design somehow, even if it’s a static bar at the top of the screen (rather than being fixed).

    Most of the 3.2 header has now been moved into the admin bar, removing it will remove functionality.

    No idea what makes the WP core dev team like the bar. The functionality that is in the admin bar is and has always been in the vertical so I don’t care for its silly duplication. It’s really a pity that the bad idea of adding more clutter is so incredibly persistent, without an option to switch it off. Seriously: the recommendation is to use CSS with display:none?

    The WP core team should have thought longer about insisting in propping up that dagnabbed horizontal clutter, or at least include a general off switch (for all users, not the ridiculous per-user of 3.1 and 3.2).

    I hope some smart developer comes up with a plugin to get rid of that annoyance, soon.

    Try putting this in you functions.php file.

    if (!function_exists('disableAdminBar')) {
    	function disableAdminBar(){
      	remove_action( 'admin_footer', 'wp_admin_bar_render', 1000 );
        function remove_admin_bar_style_backend() {
          echo '<style>body.admin-bar #wpcontent, body.admin-bar #adminmenu { padding-top: 0px !important; }</style>';

    dang is that adminbar persistent!

    Tried your code ‘gilgimech’ and that did not work in my case, still thanks for the efforts, and may work for others anyhow.

    If this has been truly [resolved], could someone mention what has worked for them? Hopefully more than just CSS removal technique?

    Oh wait, sorry I just noticed that the code was right there. try this.

    if (!function_exists('disableAdminBar')) {
    	function disableAdminBar() { // begin disableAdminBar function
    		remove_action( 'admin_footer', 'wp_admin_bar_render', 1000 );
    		function remove_admin_bar_style_backend() {
    			echo '<style>body.admin-bar #wpcontent, body.admin-bar #adminmenu { padding-top: 0px !important; }</style>';

    But the real problem is that the admin bar is also the header now, so if you remove it’ll remove the login stuff in the right corner. I’m working on a way to restore the header to the way it was in vs 3.2. I don’t like the admin bar either, but I’m going to live with it for now.

    This plugin from ‘sLa’ works on 3.3 now, quick fix! …

    If you wish to completely disable the admin bar in the Dashboard and have 3.3 work — yes, you can use sLa’s Admin Bar Removal plugin:

    but to restore logout functionality, use it in conjunction with my plugin One Click Logout Barless:

    Installing both plugins together in 3.3, they get rid of the admin bar AND allow logout, and when multisite is installed — my plugin allows multisite navigation, too.


    To remove WordPress 3.3 admin bar but left user and front end links intact (so restore the header to the 3.2 version) without plugin, you should put this into your functions.php or custom plugin:

    function remove_admin_bar_links() {
    	global $wp_admin_bar;
    add_action( 'wp_before_admin_bar_render', 'remove_admin_bar_links' );

    and add stylesheet with these lines to your admin_head:

    #wpadminbar {left:146px;background-color:#fff; background-image:none;z-index:9;border-bottom: 1px solid #ccc;
    -moz-box-shadow: 0px 2px 2px rgba(50, 50, 50, .1);
    -webkit-box-shadow: 0px 2px 2px rgba(50, 50, 50, .1);
    -box-shadow: 0px 2px 2px rgba(50, 50, 50, .1);}
    #wpadminbar .ab-top-secondary {margin-right:146px;background-color:#fff; background-image:none;}
    .folded #wpadminbar .ab-top-secondary {margin-right:32px;}
    body.admin-bar #adminmenu {padding-top:0px;}
    #wpadminbar * {text-shadow: none; color: #444;}
    #wpadminbar .ab-top-menu > li:hover > .ab-item, #wpadminbar .ab-top-menu > li.hover > .ab-item, #wpadminbar .ab-top-menu > li > .ab-item:focus, #wpadminbar.nojq .quicklinks .ab-top-menu > li > .ab-item:focus {background-color:#fff; background-image:none; color: #444; text-decoration: underline;}
    #wpadminbar .quicklinks .ab-top-secondary > li, #wpadminbar .quicklinks .ab-top-secondary > li a {border:0;}
    #wpadminbar .menupop .ab-sub-wrapper, #wpadminbar .shortlink-input {
    -moz-box-shadow: -2px 2px 2px rgba(50, 50, 50, .1);
    -webkit-box-shadow: -2px 2px 2px rgba(50, 50, 50, .1);
    -box-shadow: -2px 2px 2px rgba(50, 50, 50, .1);
    border-color: #ccc;}
    #wpadminbar .quicklinks a {padding: 0 15px;}

    Works like a charm for me.

    Marcin Modestowicz – could i please have some more detail on how to apply your above fixes – i have problems with an unstyled admin bar appearing to non logged in users, which looks a mess: also when i am logged in the 3.3 admin bar is broken and menu items float around underneath the bar. i’ve tried a whole bunch of suggested fixes, with no luck so far, so i’d be happy just to turn off the admin bar for now.

    many thanks in advance.

    cheers, jan

    Hello Jan

    You are using WordPress Admin Bar Improved plugin but it seems that stylesheet and script files for that plugin are missing. If you use firebug or similar tool you will see that server response for these assets is 404 (Not found). That’s why your admin bar is broken. There’s probably something wrong with your WordPress configuration or simply those files are not there. Try to uninstall or reinstall the plugin.

    If you want to use my solution, disable plugin mentioned above and simply put first piece of code into your functions.php file. You will find it in wp-content/themes/the_world_is_listening_ote049/ folder or under Appearance -> Editor in your WP admin panel. Then you should add complementary stylesheet to your WP admin panel header. You should do this by writing a plugin, but if you’re not very familiar with this, take a shortcut and just put the code to your functions.php file:

    function my_admin_head() {
        echo '<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="' .get_stylesheet_directory_uri().'/admin.css">';
    add_action('admin_head', 'my_admin_head');

    Then create the file admin.css, paste the CSS code into it and upload to the wp-content/themes/the_world_is_listening_ote049/ folder on your server.

    Hope it helps


    hi marcin.

    thanks for the prompt reply. excuse my muppetry – not sure i’m getting this right. i’ve placed the top two lines of code in functions.php – does it matter where? i’ve put it on line 412. also by first piece of code, do you mean ending with the }?

    i’ve also created and put up the admin.css file – exactly what part of the code should it contain?

    i’m still seeing the unstyled yellow menu on the left when logged out and the floating menu items when logged in.

    thanks for your patience..

    cheers, jan

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