Removing the ‘Uncategorized’ Category in WordPress

If you’re lucky enough to find a WordPress theme that doesn’t display categories unless they’re used, then that’s great! Those themes do exist, but this post is for the themes that display all categories- including the default Uncategorized– whether they’re in use or not. For example:

When I go to the WordPress dashboard>Posts>Categories, I see this:

I don’t have the option to delete the Uncategorized category, which is slightly annoying. I can rename it (shown above), so that’s one workaround. But what if I just want to completely delete it?

Deleting the Uncategorized category

  1. Go to Settings>Writing
  2. Change the default category from Uncategorized to another category in use
  3. Click Save
  4. Go to Posts>Categories
  5. Check the box next to Uncategorized and click delete.

Boom! To think that I never took the time to figure this out before the other day. :) It’s so simple!!


  1. Alan Levine

    February 28, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    That’s one of those things new blog owners will never know about. Would be nice to have something on the front dashboard as a list of things worth checking on a new blog set up, as opposed to people finding out months, years, never later and having to back fix (or ignore)

    * rename the default category
    * create new ones
    * check permalinks (especially as the default one improves the category name)

  2. Mathew Ward

    March 28, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Thank you very much! I’ve been seeing 100s of WooCommerce users on the internet groups asking about this (including myself) and this is such a simple touch that many of us aren’t thinking of doing. Thanks very much for sharing this!

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