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Deleting post categories in WordPress is easily done from the Posts → Categories menu. To delete a category, hover your mouse of the intended category and click the “Delete” link. Your browser will ask you if you’re sure you want to delete the category, so just click the “OK” button and the category will be removed.

The only category you can’t delete right away is the “Uncategorized” category. That’s because WordPress requires you to have one default category at all times. That said, you can change the default category.

Visit the Settings → Writing page and use the first option there to change the default category to one you’ve created. Then you can return to the Categories menu and delete the Uncategorized category.

As for deleting all categories, this is not currently an option but you can use the Disable Blog plugin to remove posts entirely from your site including tags and categories.

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8 Comments

Levani Mirvelashvili

June 29, 2020

Hi. i deleted all my categories except default. Every post moved to the default category.

Now i want to add new categories to posts. But there are old categories which i deleted. in dashboard > posts> categories, there’s only default all others are gone but in the post editor, there are old categories. How can i delete them?

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Gary

June 29, 2020

I did this ages ago, for some reason I can't use that slug again without the -1 at the end.

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BOREDANDWELLBORED

June 29, 2020

Yes, I request a plug-in that removes the "uncategorized" word on my post. Yes I'm only one person, I think my opinion counts….?

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jimjurisvideos

June 29, 2020

Thank you for this great video. You explain things very well.

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RAHUL KUMAR

June 29, 2020

It was helpful. Thank you for sharing

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Levani Mirvelashvili

June 29, 2020

thank you

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Peridot Facet-2F5L Cut-5XG

June 29, 2020

My dashboard is a little different. You need to go to Settings and then Writing (wordpress.com/settings/writing/ [your site here] .wordpress.com) where you can edit categories, tags, timezone, etc.

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Чернобаев

June 29, 2020

Thanks a lot.

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