What is Admin Bar in WordPress?

Admin bar is the top toolbar shown on the WordPress admin panel. It has quick links to site’s home page, shop page, WordPress.org documentation and links from installed plugins. Admin bar by default is shown on the admin panel as well as when you view the published content. Though you can not disable admin bar in the dashboard, you can disable admin bar when viewing published content from settings page.

WordPress Admin Bar
WordPress Admin Bar

Custom Items in Admin Bar

Other than default menu items, your theme and plugins can also create custom navigation on the top admin bar. This will help you to access the setting or function quickly. For example, in the above screen, “Purge SG Cache” is the option added by SG Optimizer plugin from SiteGround hosting. You can click on this to simply clear the caching on the entire site without navigating through the plugin’s settings page.

Admin Bar Not Visible

The admin bar will not be available when you work in fullscreen mode in Gutenberg editor. You will see other options for adding blocks and editing tools instead. You can click on the three dots button icon and disable “Fullscreen mode” to view the admin bar again.

Disable Fullscreen Mode in Gutenberg
Disable Fullscreen Mode in Gutenberg

The distraction free writing mode in classic editor will still show the admin bar on the top. It will be dimmed when you are typing and shown normal when you navigate outside the editing area.

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Disable Admin Bar When Viewing Published Content

By default, WordPress will show admin toolbar when viewing published content if you are logged in to your account. If you want to disable the toolbar, go to “Users > Your Profile” section. Disable the checkbox against the option “Show Toolbar when viewing site”. This will remove the toolbar when viewing your content.

Disable Toolbar in WordPress
Disable Toolbar in WordPress

Article last updated on November 6, 2020

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