Increase Excerpt Box Size In WordPress Admin Panel

Teli Adlam —  August 22, 2005

If you regularly use your WordPress excerpt box, you may find its size a bit restrictive. You can alter it by altering your admin CSS file. It’s a quick fix and I’m here to walk you through it.

*Anywhere you see [WP-INSTALL], it means your WordPress installation directory.

Open the [WP-INSTALL]/wp-admin/wp-admin.css file in a text or HTML editor (make sure to back up first) and use your Find function to find #excerpt (Line ~361).

Change the height: 1.8em; to whatever height you are comfortable with. Knowing my own personal writing style, I changed it to height: 5em;

Save the file and upload it to your [WP-INSTALL]/wp-admin/ folder and you’re done. Login to your WordPress admin panel and click on Write to see the changes.

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3 responses to Increase Excerpt Box Size In WordPress Admin Panel

  1. Dear Teli,

    I bought your wonderful ebook
    and did everything as you said.

    jimvanwyck.com

    I was even inspired by your header, as you may notice.
    (I rushed mine, will make it more beautiful on the weekend).

    Your instructions are simple, powerful,
    and undoubtedly effective.

    I have a question,
    how do you get it to display
    the short excerpts?

    I must have missed something.

    Thanks for the great book
    and the great template,
    and the outstanding plug ins to
    make WordPress profitable.

    Jim Van Wyck

  2. Hi Jim,
    Thank you for the glowing compliments :blush: – The site looks very nice and so does the header (glad I could inspire ya!).

    I have a question, how do you get it to display the short excerpts?

    I actually use the WordPress <!--more--> tag to manually create the break, however, the easiest solution is to use a WordPress plugin called Evermore 🙂

  3. Hey,

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    Keepup the good work!!