The stylesheet and the initial idea is from Eric A. Meyer and i have written a plugin with many options on the basis of differently user-right and a user-friendly range in admin-area.

  1. Visually compresses the administration header so that more admin page content can be initially seen. Also moves ‘Dashboard’ onto the main administrative menu because having it sit in the tip-top black bar was ticking me off and many other changes in the edit-area. The category-box and the tag-box is in the sidebar of the Write-page.
  2. Adminimize is a WordPress plugin that lets you hide ‘unnecessary’ items from the WordPress administration menu, submenu and even the ‘Dashboard’, with forwarding to the Manage-page. On top of that, you can also hide post meta controls on the Write page and other areas in the admin-area and Write-page, so as to simplify the editing interface. All is received from your rights, admin (user_level 10) or not admin-rights (smaller user_level 10).

Configure all metaboxes and other areas in the write-area. Move the Tags and Category boxes to the sidebar, switch off optional metaboxes and other areas in the write-area. Scroll automatically to the Textbox, when you click the write-button. Many options for menu, submenu and all areas, metaboxes in the write-area, separated for admins (user_level 10) and other users (< user_level 10).

Compatibility with the drop-down menu plugins

Requirements

Compatible with WordPress 2.5 or later. Tested up to WordPress 2.6 bleeding2 and CrazyHorse.

Download, more Informations, Screenshoots

Official website: Adminimize
Info: Page is in german language; readme in the download is in english language