Save Time By Using This New Button When In Default View On WordPress

At last! WordPress has introduced an ‘empty spam‘ button to the Default view mode when viewing your blog’s dashboard. Clicking it means that you can empty your spam folder with one click.

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Now you can delete spam with one click.

Before now, users could only bulk delete spam when viewing their blog’s dashboard in Default view. This would only delete 20 spam comments simultaneously, which could be time-consuming when the spam folder had hundreds of comments.

Here’s where to find the new ‘Empty Spam’ button in Default view.

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Now you can empty the spam folder with one click.

Click it, and all the spam in your spam folder gets deleted.

How does this new ‘Empty Spam’ button save you time?

It eliminates the need to manually or bulk select and delete spam comments in your folder, saving you precious minutes, if not hours.

So, why not try it and see how much time and hassle it can save you? And remember to switch to the Default view for optimal results!

Now all we need when in ‘Default View’ is the ability to mark genuine comments as ‘Not Spam’ like you can in Classic view. I’ve already suggested this to WordPress.

Did you know you can view your blog’s dashboard in Classic or Default view? What’s the difference?

The Classic view is best used with the Classic editor, whereas the Default view is better used with themes that use the Block editor. However, users can switch between both (as I do), as some features are better viewed on one or the other.

The following screenshot shows where you can make the switch. Click the ‘View’ button to open the menu.

Image showing where to switch between Default and Classic views on WordPress
Click ‘View’ to make the switch.

If you use the Block editor, I recommend you view your blog’s dashboard using Default view.

Overall, this nifty little button is a game-changer for WordPress users, particularly those using the Block editor and receiving high volumes of spam comments on their blogs.

If you are looking for more help on how to deal with spam on your blog, read my post ‘How To Deal With Spam Without Closing Comments.’

If you’ve any questions about the Classic/Default view or about the ‘Empty Spam’ button, leave them in the comments section.

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This is an updated version of a post originally published on Hugh’s Views And News in 2020.

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45 thoughts on “Save Time By Using This New Button When In Default View On WordPress

  1. I liked that new empty spam button Hugh. I do my SPAM comments daily and one day I went in and saw a new button, so I took it for a test drive – it shaves some time off manually doing each line of SPAM.

    1. Good to hear you look at them daily, Linda. Spam can become a nightmare if left unchecked, even for a few days. This new button is going to save many bloggers lots of time.

  2. Another helpful post Hugh. Only, since that great new spam button came along, would you believe it still only removes 20 at a time. I usually have to hit it three times, lol 🙂

  3. Yes! I love this feature and also the default view. I disable the pingback on all posts except my weekly prompts. Also, I alter old posts and republish so they get more attention. Old posts just die and wither away so why keep them in their present state.

  4. Welcome news indeed! Unfortunately I am not getting the same view as you do – on my screen (using default) view I don’t see an “empty spam” option. Do I need to install anything??

    1. No, no need to install anything. It suddenly appeared on my dashboard. It could be theme related as to why you’re not seeing it. If the theme you’re using is still supported by WordPress, they may be working on introducing it. If the theme has been retired, it won’t appear.
      You should see the ’empty spam’ option in the Classic view.

      1. Thanks Hugh, clearly I need to do some investigation about the theme I’m using. It took me a long time to find one I liked so I’m likely to stick with it even if it means I have to put up with the laborious spam clearance mechanism

        1. Do you know if the theme you’re using has been retired?

          I know a few bloggers who stick with older themes and usually find ways around any bugs that occur. However, eventually, they have to switch themes because it involves too much work trying to find a way around all the bugs.

        2. I just checked and ColorMag which is the theme I am using is still active and supported. I’ll post a question in their forum and hope someone there knows what is happening

  5. Great advice, Hugh! Good tutorial also for hopping back and forth from default to classic. I tend to use the classic view of my dashboard (Old habit?) but use the block editor. I confused folks a bit a few months ago trying to show bloggers how to reduce their image sizes–the classic view is actually easier to use in the media library, I appreciate all you do to help us navigate all the details of blogging on WordPress. Not everyone likes this idea but my spam decreased significantly when I turned off comments after 120 days. I do need to check out the broken Links!

    1. I’m still switching between both views, Terri. I find certain jobs easier in the Classic view, although I reduce the size of all my photos and images before loading them into my media library. I know many bloggers who still use the Classic editor when loading images and pictures, usually when they want to create a gallery.

      I also prefer responding to comments in the Default view. I never used to, but one day I decided to stick with it, and I’ve grown to prefer it. I hope WordPress will add that ‘not spam’ feature, though. Until then, I have switched back to Classic view when a comment is not spam.

      It’s great to have both view options, though.

  6. Your blogging tips are so valuable. I have not discovered this option yet. So, it is a good idea to switch between both views. Thanks a lot, Hugh!

    1. I use the Default view more but switch to the Classic view for certain jobs, Erika. For example, when marking comments as not spam or when viewing all my posts while doing blog housekeeping.

  7. Thanks so much for the information Hugh. My spam got so bad that I close comments two to three weeks after the post date. That has been what took care of most of the spam. In December, I had over 400 spam (gmail accounts) between my blogs. It was a nightmare. Yay, WP!

    1. Colleen, I’ve found other ways of reducing spam rather than switching off comments. For example, I’ve seen a huge reduction since IO fixed all the broken links on my blog. Now I check for new broken links at least once a month. I also check my spam folder at least once a day and empty it; otherwise, it can soon mount up. But this new ‘Empty Spam’ button in Default view is a blessing.

      1. I’ve not had time to go through the broken links, but you’re right. That would be another way of controling the spam. I saved the link you shared, so hopefully I’ll be able to start processing through 9 years of posts. YIKES!!

        1. Have you kept all your posts? I’d recommend deleting any that are outdated or no longer apply. Out-of-date information on blogs attracts spam, especially spambots. SEOs also rank blogs lower that contain outdated information and broken links. Before deleting posts, disable any pingbacks on them first, then delete the post. You’ll get rid of many broken links that way, so they won’t appear on the first report you run.

        2. Oh, gosh no… I’ve sorted though most of them and deleted many. Book reviews are one category I go through often. I only keep a couple years at a time. The views are posted on Amazon and GR, so no need to have them all over the place.

        3. Anything where the information is no longer relevant. For example, a blog post announcing the launch date of a new book. Competition posts where the deadline has expired or posts that contain tutorials that are no longer relevant due to changes.

  8. Thanks, Hugh. I don’t know how I view my comments, but I’ve been able to delete all spam in one click for ages. Your tips are definitely useful though. I’ll have to pay more attention to the different views.

    1. It sounds like you’re using the old Classic dashboard, which has always had the ‘delete spam’ button, Norah. If you’re using the Classic editor, I’d stick with it as the Default view is better used for those using the Block editor. However, I do occasionally switch between views when doing certain jobs, such as marking comments marked as spam as not spam. I also use Classic view when doing housekeeping of all my posts.

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