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Disable the WordPress 3.1 Admin Bar

The WordPress Admin Bar may be useful but has the potential to disrupt the frontend display of your site while logged in if you are using a background image. To disable the WordPress Admin Bar which is a new feature in WordPress 3.1, place this code in your theme functions.php file.

This code snippet does 2 things:

  1. Disables the Admin Bar
  2. Removes the Admin Bar user options from the edit user profile page
 * Remove WordPress 3.1 Admin Bar and User Options
 * @author Jen Baumann
 * @link

if ( function_exists( 'show_admin_bar' )  ) {
	remove_action( 'personal_options', '_admin_bar_preferences' ); 
	add_filter( 'show_admin_bar', '__return_false' );

Update: The final release of WordPress 3.1 provided user profile options for the adminbar and fixed potential site layout issues.

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About Jennifer Baumann

I am an avid horseback rider, animal lover, and freelance designer. I love working with WordPress and Genesis and work for Copyblogger Media as a Technical Support Advocate.

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