Admin Menu Editor For WordPress

Admin Menu Editor is a WordPress plugin that will let you manually edit the Dashboard menu. You can reorder the menus, show/hide specific items, change access rights, and more.


  • Sort menu items any way you want by simple drag & drop.
  • Move a menu item to a different submenu via cut & paste.
  • Edit any existing menu – change the title, access rights, menu icon and so on. Note that in the free version you can’t relax menu permissions – i.e. give access rights to a role that originally didn’t have them – but you can change them to be more restrictive.
  • Hide/show any menu or menu item. A hidden menu is invisible to all users, including administrators.
  • Create custom menus that point to any part of the Dashboard. For example, you could create a new menu leading directly to the “Pending comments” page.

Here’s a screenshot :

Admin Menu Editor screenshot

This plugin also has a Pro version that offers a bunch of extra features.


The latest version of the plugin is always available on

Requirements :

  • WordPress 4.1 or later
  • PHP 5.2 or later

Known Issues

The basic idea for the plugin was suggested by several commenters way back in October. However, the internal menu system that WordPress uses is obscure and unsuitable for direct manipulation, so I spent quite a while inventing workarounds. And even after a few weeks of pondering, there are some things I haven’t quite fixed.

  • If you delete any of the default menus they will reappear after saving. This is not a bug, it’s a feature 😉
  • As I mentioned before, the access rights required for using a particular menu item can’t be lowered, but can be made more strict. This has been fixed in the Pro version.
  • Plugin menus that are moved to a different submenu will not work unless you put the full page URL in the “URL” field. This is because WP “ties” the menu item to it’s parent menu and won’t recognize it in a different submenu.
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546 Responses to “Admin Menu Editor For WordPress”

  1. Jānis Elsts says:

    The left bar (that is, the admin menu) is part of the admin dashboard. I don’t think there is an easy way to display it outside the dashboard.

    In the Pro version you could configure the link to open in an iframe so the menu would still be visible, but it might be overkill to buy a license just for that one feature.

  2. Adam says:

    For me, the most imporant plugin. Thanks!

  3. thiarara says:

    changed something and cant access my wp-admin using /wp-admin/?reset_admin_menu=1 but not resetting
    am getting “There has been a critical error on this website. Please check your site admin email inbox for instructions.”

  4. Jānis Elsts says:

    I responded to you via email based on your contact form submission. I’ll summarize here: “critical error” usually means a PHP fatal error, check the PHP error log for details. You can deactivate the plugin by renaming its directory to something else, which may help if the error is related to the current menu configuration.

  5. tomek says:

    hi jānis,

    hoping that my question isn’t to root…
    i just changed into the wordpress, php development technologies, coming from javascript, google apps script, html, css … anyway … here it comes!

    i did manage to let my plugin have its backend admin menu entries. i felt a little surprised that the first option is always the menu name and (native wordpress menus do themself have a different name) couldn’ figure out how to rename the first option name = main menu name.

    than i came across your magic plugin and it was easy for me to change the first option = main menu to a UI making sense name.

    please understand that i will not distribute my plugin (btw, its free one (none commercial) app for small vehicle garages and have your plugin as a prerequisite! sorry!!!!

    so here it comes…
    would you anyway share with me the php (maybe java, html, css) code needed to implement the different naming in my plugin. no fancy settings page, etc. would be more that appreciated for a static, native function?


  6. Jānis Elsts says:

    So are you asking how to rename an existing admin menu item using PHP? The answer is basically to find the item in the global $menu or $submenu array and to change the first value of the item (index 0) to the new title.

    For example, let’s say you have a top-level menu with the slug “abc” and you want to change the title of the first submenu item. You could do it like this:

    global $submenu;
    $submenu['abc'][0][0] = 'New title';

    In this case, the first “0” is the index of the menu item and the second “0” is the index of the menu title property. In practice, you will often need some additional code to find the menu item you want to modify because it might not be at index 0 (the title will still be at index 0, though). To identify the correct item, I recommend checking index 2 which contains the menu slug or URL.

    This is essentially the same thing that Admin Menu Editor does, but the actual plugin code is much more complex because the plugin does many other things, too.

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