Add Menu Items to the WordPress Admin Menu

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The existing menus in WordPress are solid but one annoyance is that I need to click “All Posts” and then the “Drafts” link to get to my drafts; I simply want to get there as quickly as possible via the Posts menu. I did some quick research on the topic and in two minutes I was able to add a “Drafts” submenu item to the “Posts” menu. Here’s how I did it!

Within the functions.php file of my current theme (this file gets loaded even for admin!), I added the following:

// Add menu item for draft posts
function add_drafts_admin_menu_item() {
// $page_title, $menu_title, $capability, $menu_slug, $callback_function
add_posts_page(__(‘Drafts’), __(‘Drafts’), ‘read’, ‘?post_status=draft&post_type=post’);
}
add_action(‘admin_menu’, ‘add_drafts_admin_menu_item’);
The add_posts_page method is actually a shortcut for add_submenu_page, which allows you to add a submenu item for any existing menu item. And WordPress allows you to get pretty detailed with your own menus, as you can see here.

This added “Drafts” link will save me click after click after click throughout my time using WordPress. Take the few moments to add links to existing menus as you’d like — there’s nothing like a fresh shortcut to get you moving faster!

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