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The Dashboard

Overview

The Dashboard is the first screen you see when you log into the administration area of your blog.

The main idea of the dashboard is to give you a place where you can get an at-a-glance overview of what’s happening with your blog. You can catch up on news, view your draft posts, see who’s linking to you or how popular your content’s been, quickly put out a no-frills post, or check out and moderate your latest comments. It’s like a bird’s eye view of operations, from which you can swoop down into the particular details.

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Configuration

Screen Options

The Screen Options pull down tab is located in the upper right corner of your Dashboard.

It can be used to show/hide dashboard modules on some screens and show/hide columns on other screens. When you click on Screen Options, it will drop down an area with a list of the different things in the dashboard you can show or hide. Uncheck a box to hide something and check it again to show it. You can also change the number of columns for the modules. Most screens that have configurable modules have an option for one or two columns. Some pages will automatically show the number of the columns that fit within your browser. Here is an example of Screen Options to show/hide modules and change the number of columns on the Post Screen:

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After you are done making changes, click Screen Options again and the pull down area will disappear from the view.

NB: You don’t have to worry about saving any of your Screen Options. WordPress saves your configuration automatically for you so that when you use another browser or a different computer, everything will look the same.

Open/Close Modules

We can close modules until they are needed and to save space in the interface. Move your mouse to the upper right corner of a module and click the triangle that appears.

Move Modules

You can use drag and drop to move most of the modules around the screen. If you hover your mouse over the grey bar of a module you’ll notice the 4 arrow cursor appears to let you know it can be moved. Start dragging the module to a new location.

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As you drag the module, notice the dotted grey box that also moves. This box indicates where the module will be placed when you release the mouse button.

When the box is showing in the correct location, let go of the mouse button, and the module will be saved in the new location.

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