How to Give Your WordPress Dashboard a Single Column Layout

(Note: This post has been updated. Previously it showed how to achieve a single column by inserting code in your functions.php file. I had forgotten that WordPress lets you easily control the number of columns in the backend.) 

By default in WordPress, the info blocks in your dashboard come laid out in two columns.

Here’s the dashboard with the default double-column layout.

But you can change that layout to a single column as in this image with a few clicks.


How to Do It

1. First go to the “Screen Options” panel in your Admin section. (You should see an option for it in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.)

2. Once on the Screen Options panel, then choose however many columns you would like (1-4).

And that’s it.

Photo:  Washington DC Architectural detail of columns and marble steps from BigStock