Simplify Your Drupal Admin Interface

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This article was published in the print magazine Drupal Watchdog, Volume 3 Issue 1, 2013-04, on page 12, by Tag1 Publishing. The magazine was distributed at Drupalcon Portland, 2013-05-20.

Drupal 7 introduced four new modules intended to improve the user interface, primarily for administrators: Dashboard (a customizable page containing administrative blocks for monitoring the website), Overlay (which displays administrative pages in a smaller, modal window), Shortcut (a customizable toolbar of links, e.g., "Add content"), and Toolbar (an administrator toolbar that lacks some features of the Administration menu module, including drop-down menus). These new modules are enabled by default in the "standard" installation profile, and can clutter up your interface. Consider disabling them, and adding the Administration menu.

Admin interface dashboard
Figure 1. Admin interface dashboard

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