How to remove the ‘Uncategorized’ category in WordPress

I’ve spent the past couple of days pulling my hair out trying to figure out how to get rid of the ‘Uncategorized’ category in WordPress.  The theme I’m currently using shows all the categories across the top banner, as you can see, but for some reason it showed Uncategorized, even though it wasn’t being used.  This wasn’t a huge problem, but if anybody clicked on it the page they got told them there were no posts under that heading.

Not particularly efficient, I thought.

When I used the WP dashboard to edit my categories I couldn’t actually delete the category as the option wasn’t there.. All the others were, but not the one I wanted to trash, dammit!!

Browsing through the options I ended up in ‘Settings>Writing’ where I found that you can set a default category for all new posts.  Guess what?  ‘Uncategorised’ was down as my default.  A quick change from ‘Uncategorised’ to ‘Random’ meant that, when I went back to manage my categories, it was unlocked and delete-able!  Now things work properly again!

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  • June 2, 2010 - 10:30 pm | Permalink

    Matt can you please explain this bit…

    ‘Settings>Writing’ … A quick change from ‘Uncategorised’ to ‘Random’

    Where is the ‘random’ option? I managed to get rid of ‘uncategorised’ but now have some other unwanted menu items in its place.


  • Matt
    June 5, 2010 - 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Apologies, I didn’t make it clear. I created a new category called ‘Random’ and set that as my default category in WP, rather than Uncategorised.

  • JW
    January 10, 2012 - 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Nothing to add other than a hearty thanks and a face-palm for myself.

  • August 26, 2012 - 10:47 am | Permalink

    thanks for your help. i went to settings>writing …. and choose other categories( as default other then “uncategorized”. then went to posts>categories … then hover “uncategorized” then i was able to delete the then default “uncategorized”.

    Thank you very much for the idea.

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