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You have WP 3-3
if your admin screen looks like this:
Removing the tool bar in admin screens

Some people want to get rid of the tool bar at the top of admin screens in WordPress 3.3.

There is no built-in way to remove the tool bar (you can choose not to display it while viewing the live site), but you can with at least one plugin, and I’m sure more options will emerge [...]

You have WP 3-0 or 3-1
if your admin screen looks like this:
Plugin – Global add or remove admin bar

WordPress offers a couple of ways to control the appearance of the Admin Bar at the top of the screen. Here’s a plugin that allows you to control that visibility for all users at once.
 

You have WP 3-0 or 3-1
if your admin screen looks like this:
Admin bar overview

WordPress 3.1 has added a new administration menu option called the Admin Bar. It remains in place at the top of the page as you scroll. Here’s an overview of how it works:
 

You have WP 3-0 or 3-1
if your admin screen looks like this:
Cannot update to WordPress 3.2 because hosting is outdated

If you’re trying to update your WordPress installation to version 3.2 and your host server does not meet the minimum requirements, you’ll get a warning message. See what that looks like and learn what’s needed to update your hosting.
Had this happen to a client who uses GoDaddy – anyone encounter this with other hosts?
 

You have WP 3-0 or 3-1
if your admin screen looks like this:
Fewer default boxes on post and page screens

As of WordPress 3.1 you’ll notice fewer meta boxes when you’re working with posts or pages. Boxes such as Discussion or Author are no longer visible by default, but don’t worry, they’re not gone. Here’s what’s going on:
 

You have WP 3-0 or 3-1
if your admin screen looks like this:
Remove the admin bar from site and admin area

When you’re logged into WordPress, by default, the admin bar at the top of the browser window displays when viewing your site, and you can turn it on for all your admin screens.
What if you want to turn off the admin bar?  Here’s how.
 

You have WP 3-0 or 3-1
if your admin screen looks like this:
Text editor problems in WordPress 3.0 when using IE9

Just got off the phone with a client who couldn’t enter text in a new post she was creating.  She would type it in, but when saving it, the text disappeared. Weird!
The fact that I had no trouble going in and editing the post pointed to a browser issue:  I had Firefox and she was [...]

You have WP 3-0 or 3-1
if your admin screen looks like this:
Sorting columns on admin screen lists

As of WordPress 3.1, you can sort columns when you’re viewing lists of posts, pages, and other content in the admin screens.
 

You have WP 3-0 or 3-1
if your admin screen looks like this:
Sometimes it looks like a button was clicked, but it wasn’t

If you swear you clicked the Publish or Update button but nothing happened, you may need to watch your cursor more closely.
 

You have WP 3-0 or 3-1
if your admin screen looks like this:
Change author name so it does not display username

Make sure your WordPress login username is not being displayed as your Author name.

Odd WordPress 3.3 menu behaviour while in Custom Post Types UI Plugin

My preferred plugin for working with Custom Post Types and Custom Taxonomies in WordPress is Custom Post Types UI from WebDevStudios. If you use it and have upgraded WordPress 3.3, you may notice some odd behaviour on the admin menus.
I’m using version 0.7.1 of Custom Post Types UI and when I’m on any of the [...]

You have WP 3-2
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Why can’t I add plugins as an administrator?

Normally an administrator can add plugins, but if you find that’s been disabled, it’s because you’re administering a site that’s part of a WordPress multisite installation – in other words, there’s more than one site running off a single installation.  In that case, only Network Admins can actually install plugins.
 

You have WP 3-0 or 3-1
if your admin screen looks like this:
Second Save Menu button on menu screen

Whenever you make a change to a WordPress menu, you need to click the Save Menu button. If you have a lot of menu items, it was easy to forget to click the Save Menu button up at the top, but now in WordPress 3.1, a second button has been added at the bottom of [...]

You have WP 3-0 or 3-1
if your admin screen looks like this:
Improved warning message when themes don’t support menus

WordPress 3.1 has introduced a more obvious message telling you that your theme does not support the WordPress menu system fully.
 

Display the admin bar on your admin screens

By default, WordPress shows the admin bar (a horizontal menu that stays in place as you scroll) when viewing your site, while logged in. If you want that admin bar to display on all your admin screens, you need to go to you profile.  Here’s how:
 

You have WP 3-2
if your admin screen looks like this:
Why aren’t all possible items showing on my add-to-menu lists?

By default, not all content items are shown on the Add to Menu choices of the WordPress menu system – you need to choose View All.

You have WP 3-0 or 3-1
if your admin screen looks like this:
Blue button wording on posts and pages changes according to context

The blue Publish button on posts and pages will display differently depending on the context. Here’s an overview of the three modes:  Publish, Update, and Schedule.
 

You have WP 3-0 or 3-1
if your admin screen looks like this:
Contextual help screens

As of WordPress 3.0 the help button at the top right gives you information directly relevant to the admin screen you’re on.  See how it works in this video.
 

You have WP 3-0 or 3-1
if your admin screen looks like this:
Not all content visible for adding to menus

While you can add virtually any content in WordPress to the menu system, not all that content is visible by default.  Here’s how to display it.
 

You have WP 2.7, 2.8, or 2.9
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Installing plug-ins automatically

Installing plug-ins, which give WordPress added features, was always fairly straightforward, but with WordPress 2.7, it’s very easy.  Everything is done for you automatically through the admin panel.

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