WordPress gives you the ability to organize your workspace to fit your work style. You can rearrange both the desktop and the editor windows so that the tools you use most are within easy reach.
Let’s start with the dashboard. Notice the Screen Options button at the top right of the screen. Click it to display your options. Select the items you want to appear on the dashboard and how many columns you want to use in your display. I prefer two. Note that this example is from a hosted WordPress site. The options may be different on your site – especially if you are using plugins. Once you’ve made your selection, click Screen Options again to collapse the pane.
The editor also has its own set of options. And, once again, those options will be influenced by the theme and plugins you are using. Click on the Screen Options to display, choose the tools you want, then click on Screen Options to close the pane.
In addition to choosing the items you want to display on your screens, you can also re-arrange them to suit you. Just click on the header of the box you want to move and drag it to the new position. As you start moving things, you’ll notice empty boxes appear on your screen. These are possible drop points for the box you are moving. Boxes can be moved up or down within a column or across columns.
These aren’t the only adjustments you can make.
If you’re working on a special post and you need to see more of the editor screen, you can click and drag the bottom right corner of the the writing area box to make it larger. Notice the diagonal lines across that corner. They identify the drag spot. This can also be done in the Excerpt writing area. For those who always want a larger writing area, go to the Settings > Writing section and change the default number of lines for the writing area. I like to keep mine so I can see all the writing area and the toolbar/media bar at the same time. The default size is 20 lines. I usually work at 25.
You’ll be surprised at how much difference a few simple changes can make. With WordPress, you’re in control.