Basics: how to use Admin Columns Pro

In this chapter of our ‘getting started guide’ we will explain how to use Admin Columns Pro. We will cover the basics necessary to use Admin Columns Pro and will guide you through each feature of Admin Columns Pro.

Admin Columns allows you to manage the content displayed on the WordPress list tables. It also provides additional functionality – such as improved filtering, editing and exporting – to these list tables which allows you to better manage your content.

Manage columns

Admin Columns can manage the columns that are being displayed on the WordPress list tables, or as we call them ‘table screens’, such as Pages, Posts, Users and the Taxonomy list tables.

Start by going to the list table screen. In this example, we will use Pages. Go to the Pages screen and click the “settings” icon with the “edit columns” tooltip.

manage columns

Admin Column Settings screen

This will take you directly to the admin columns settings screen for that particular list table. The column settings page will give you an overview of all the columns that are shown on the list table:

Admin Column Settings screen

You can also go to the column settings by opening: Dashboard > Settings > Admin Columns. And then select the list table from the dropdown menu.

Add or remove columns

You can change which columns are shown on these WordPress list tables: Posts, Pages, Custom Post Types, Users, Media, Taxonomies and Comments. There are over 100 predefined columns to choose from.

Here is how to add such a predefined column:

  1. Go to the column settings screen: Dashboard > Settings > Admin Columns.
  2. Select a “WordPress List Table” from the dropdown.
    Add or remove columns
  3. Click the “+ Add Column” button in the lower right.
    Add Column
  4. Now select the column type by clicking the dropdown menu next to “Type”. This will show a list of all available column types for the current list table.
    select column type
  5. Remove a column by clicking “remove” next to the column’s label.
    remove column

Column settings

All columns share some common settings, but also offer unique settings per column type. Below is a screenshot showing the available column settings for a “Featured Image” column.

column settings
“Featured Image” column settings.
  1. Common settings

    Each column has settings to set their label and width in pixels or percentages.

    Name Description
    Type The currently selected column type. Use the dropdown to change it to another column type.
    Label Change the label of the column header. Use the icon picker if you want an icon as its label.
    Width Change the width of the column in pixels or percentage.
  2. Unique settings

    Some columns have unique settings that allow you to fine-tune how the content is being displayed. For example, these settings are unique to the featured image column:

    Name Description
    Display You can choose to display the featured image or its file size.
    Image Size Set the dimensions of the image that is shown on the list table.
  3. Advanced settings

    A column can do much more than just displaying its content. We added additional functionality that allows you to edit, sort, filter, find and export all your content directly from the list table based on the columns you have added. We will explain each feature in more detail.

    Name Description
    Inline Editing It's like quick edit but better and inline editing works on all WordPress data.
    Bulk Editing Bulk edit any content: a huge time-saver.
    Sorting Sort the list table by the contents of this column.
    Filtering This will allow you to filter the list table by this particular column.
    Export This will allow you to export your content to a CSV right from the list table.
    Smart Filtering This will allow you to easily find any content because our smart filters can use conditional statements.

You can click the icons in the column header to toggle functionality for inline edit, sorting, and filtering.

Re-order columns

You can change the order of the columns by dragging them.
Re-order columns