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How to Add a Notepad to WordPress Dashboard to Allow Writing Notes

How to Add a Notepad to WordPress Dashboard to Allow Writing Notes

Leaving notes on a notepad is a common method to remind users to do something in time and it is of great use. Adding a notepad to WordPress dashboard is accepted by more and more webmasters who need to share instant messages with other users. This guide focuses on how to make a room for writing notes on your WP admin.

The simplest way to do so is using a plugin. Fortunately, WordPress has launched a large number of plugins for that purpose. Here, we select two methods in the following guide, including Dashboard Notepad and WP Dashboard Notes. Both options are easy to use and each has its own highlights.

Method 1: Dashboard Notepad

Before everything, you should access to WordPress dashboard and search for Dashboard Notepad plugin. Note that, the search result should be like the following screenshot. Install this plugin upon activation.

install dashboard notepad plugin

Since you have this plugin activated, go to Dashboard and scroll down to the bottom of this page. Here comes a new mode called “Notepad” and that should be like the following screenshot. Move to the top right corner of this Notepad mode and click to “Configure” your notepad.

notepad on dashboard

Here you come to the notepad configuration mode. That allows you to change the name of this notepad and specify the maximum lines of notes according to personal needs. There are two columns of options available for you to determine who can edit and read the notes. Check the user roles that will get a permission to leave or check something on your notepad.

If you need to showcase the latest notes on the front end, then check the option “Automatically add paragraphs when displaying the notes on the front end”. Click “Submit” to confirm all settings.

configure notepad

And now, get started to leave a message on that newly added notepad and then “Save Notes” to make it public. To display the notepad on your website front-end, you should make use of a template tag <?php dashboard_notes(); ?> or a shortcode [dashboard_notes], and that can be inserted to any template or page as needed.

Method 2: WP Dashboard Notes

WP Dashboard Notes plugin also enables a nice user experience for you instead of bald style. The notes can be colored and that will be more eye-catching than the traditional one. And now, go to your WP admin and install WP Dashboard Notes plugin by Jeroen Sormani.

install wp dashboard notes plugin

Since you have this plugin activated, go to Dashboard and click “Screen Options” on the top of this page. Here comes a new button called “Add note”. Click it and scroll down to the bottom.

screen options add notes

A mode named as “New note” is available for you to leave a note on your dashboard. Move on to that name and click the “pencil” icon. You are allowed to change the name to any other words if needed.

edit new note

There are 4 options available for you to customize this note, which enable you to specify certain users to view the notes, give the note a color, switch between regular note & list note, and add as many note as needed. For example, we add three notes on the dashboard and make each one in the form of regular note. That should be like the following screenshot.

dashboard notepad example

There is no save button needed and all settings are saved automatically. Besides, you can drag & drop all list items to re-rank them easily. The “Delete note” button allows you to remove any note of no use. To be honest, WP Dashboard Notes plugin allows you to share news with other users in a simple and vivid way.

Method 3: Add Notes using Dashboard Sticky Notes Plugin

With this one, you are allowed to control the priority of your notes freely. In addition, unlike the above mentioned two plugins that allow you to add the messages directly from the Dashboard screen, this one requires you to publish a new note the same way as publishing a new blog post.

Upon the plugin installation, there will be a new Sticky Notes tab appeared in your dashboard column. Simply click the Add New button from the drop down and edit your messages.

In the right side of the note editing screen, you can find a special Output Option box, from which you can decide the context, priority and target readers of your note with ease.

Output Option Box


After searching for all the available plugins from WordPress Plugin Directory and some other third parties, these three plugins are the most widely used ones. All of them can be used with much hassle. No technical sides and complicated settings required. Here, we’d like to summarize their strong points so that you can choose between them based on your ultimate requirements.

  • The benefit of the first one is that you can change the background colors for your notes, so that you can make the highlight to arouse the attention of your authors.
  • The second plugin does a good job on the user permission for reading and editing your notes.
  • The last one allows you to prioritize your notes. This is especially useful when you publish several notes in one time.


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