WooCommerce: Remove “Metaboxes” @ Product Edit Admin Page

Let’s say you disabled product tags in your shop. Or maybe your store set up requires no short description. Or even, you want to hide a custom “metabox” (e.g. one of those widgets that appear on the Edit Product page). Either way, removing metaboxes and making the Edit Product page much cleaner is quite easy.

You just need the “ID” of the metabox and its position (‘normal’ or ‘side’, depending on whether it’s in the sidebar or not), and then this little PHP snippet. Enjoy!

Hide specific metaboxes @ WooCommerce Edit Product Page

Snippet (PHP): Hide Custom Metaboxes @ WooCommerce Edit Product Page

/**
 * @snippet       Remove WooCommerce Edit Product Page Boxes
 * @how-to        Get CustomizeWoo.com FREE
 * @author        Rodolfo Melogli
 * @compatible    WooCommerce 5
 * @donate $9     https://businessbloomer.com/bloomer-armada/
*/

add_action( 'add_meta_boxes_product', 'bbloomer_remove_metaboxes_edit_product', 9999 );

function bbloomer_remove_metaboxes_edit_product() {

   // e.g. remove short description
   remove_meta_box( 'postexcerpt', 'product', 'normal' );

   // e.g. remove product tags
   remove_meta_box( 'tagsdiv-product_tag', 'product', 'side' );

}

Where to add this snippet?

You can place PHP snippets at the bottom of your child theme functions.php file (delete "?>" if you have it there). CSS, on the other hand, goes in your child theme style.css file. Make sure you know what you are doing when editing such files - if you need more guidance, please take a look at my free video tutorial "Where to Place WooCommerce Customization?"

Does this snippet (still) work?

Please let me know in the comments if everything worked as expected. I would be happy to revise the snippet if you report otherwise (please provide screenshots). I have tested this code with Storefront theme, the WooCommerce version listed above and a WordPress-friendly hosting on PHP 7.3.

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8 thoughts on “WooCommerce: Remove “Metaboxes” @ Product Edit Admin Page

  1. This code is not working for the product_variation type.

    1. This is my code

       add_action( 'add_meta_boxes_product', 'bbloomer_remove_metaboxes_edit_product', 9999 );
      function bbloomer_remove_metaboxes_edit_product() {
       
         // e.g. remove short description
         remove_meta_box( '_virtual', 'product_variation', 'normal' );
       
      }
      
      1. I don’t think this can work that way unfortunately, metaboxes are tied to the product, no matter its type

  2. Great snippet! thank you!!! im want to hide the descrption box ´wp-content-editor-container´, but i cant find de position! any idea ? thank you very much!

    1. Hi Gab, thanks so much for your comment! Yes, this is definitely possible, but I’m afraid it’s custom work. If you’d like to get a quote, feel free to contact me here. Thanks a lot for your understanding!

      1. function remove_pages_editor(){
          remove_post_type_support( 'product', 'editor' );
        }   
        add_action( 'init', 'remove_pages_editor' );
        

        This works for me to disable main editor

  3. Muito show, obrigado pelas dicas! Very good!!!!

    1. Thank you!

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