Admin Category Tree


This plugin is very useful if you have a lot of categories (or custom taxonomies) in more then one level.
It helps to see the only the first level categories at first. You can open the submenus by click on the +buttons

* Supports Gutenberg-Editor and Classic-Editor
* Submenus are collapsed-in by default, except they have selected sub-items
* The number of sub-items are displayed
* Toggle (open/close) the submenus by + / – buttons
* The font is bold if there are sub-items
* It works with any custom taxonomy too

It’s very lightweight plugin. A simple solution by adding few lines of CSS an JS to the admin-area. less code, simple work. 😉

You found a bug or have any questions or wishes? Please let me comment there OR submit bugs and patches to


  • Submenus are collapsed-in by default, except they have selected sub-items


  1. Upload the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory, or install the plugin through the WordPress plugins screen directly.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in WordPress
  3. That’s it! Look at the Category-View e.g. in “New Post”


nothing here yet 🙂


August 6, 2021
This is a must when you have many categories. I have over 1500 and this one is indispensable and it works perfectly
February 22, 2021
Very useful plugin - makes job easier especially for shop managers
September 9, 2020
I have many categories and this plugin save me!
May 21, 2020
Excellent plugin. Does one thing and does it well! Keep up the good work.
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  • New: Supports Gutenberg-Editor now too


  • New: The number of sub-items is now displayed
  • New: Parents with selected sub-items are open


  • Tested for WordPress 5.4.1
  • Now, a selected item no more jump’s out of the tree to the top of the menu.


  • Refactored Code and updated readme


  • First version