Smart Admin Search

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This plugin adds a search engine to the WordPress dashboard.

Author:Andrea Porotti (profile at
WordPress version required:5.0
WordPress version tested:6.3.1
Plugin version:1.5.0
Added to WordPress repository:31-12-2020
Last updated:15-09-2023
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Total downloads:1 606
Active installs:10+
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With Smart Admin Search you can quickly find contents in the WordPress dashboard without going up and down on the admin menu.

Just click on the top-right link or press a keyboard shortcut to open the search box, then type what you are looking for. Easy!

Currently Smart Admin Search can find:

  • admin menu items
  • posts
  • pages
  • users
  • media
  • custom post types contents


Settings for the plugin are available on the Settings -> Smart Admin Search page.

Some things you can do in the settings page:

  • configure the keyboard shortcut to open the search box.
  • disable search functions you don’t need.
  • change layout of the search link on the admin bar


The search box can be used by users of any role. Each user will get results available for the assigned role.

For pages and posts results, these actions will be triggered on result selection, according to the user permissions:

  • edit item
  • view item
  • show a message if no access to the item is allowed


If you find any errors or compatibility issues with other plugins, please create a new topic in the support forum. Thanks!


This plugin does not collect any user data.
It does not set any cookies and it does not connect to any third-party services.
All the plugin data is stored only on the WordPress database.