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Add or Remove Tabs from WordPress 3.5 Media Manager

WordPress 3.5 comes with a new streamlined Media Manager which makes image insertion easy and image gallery making super easy. To make you feel right at home, here I will show you some tweaks that you can use to customize the new Media Upload box.
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Remove Default Tabs in WordPress Media Manager

With this code you can remove any unwanted Tab or link in the Media Manager:

add_filter( 'media_view_strings', 'custom_media_uploader' );
function custom_media_uploader( $strings ) {
    unset( $strings['selected'] ); //Removes Upload Files & Media Library links in Insert Media tab
    unset( $strings['insertMediaTitle'] ); //Insert Media
    unset( $strings['uploadFilesTitle'] ); //Upload Files
    unset( $strings['mediaLibraryTitle'] ); //Media Library
    unset( $strings['createGalleryTitle'] ); //Create Gallery
    unset( $strings['setFeaturedImageTitle'] ); //Set Featured Image
    unset( $strings['insertFromUrlTitle'] ); //Insert from URL
    return $strings;

Keep those strings that you want to remove, then add the code to your theme’s functions.php file.

If you prefer a cut down version of the Media Manager which allows only upload or selecting a file from the media library, then you can remove all those tab items to get a simple minimal look.

Add Custom Tab in WordPress Media Manager

After removing unnecessary tabs and links, if you want, you can add your own new custom tab for a new media file type or a plugin your’re making. For adding a new tab we’ll use media_upload_tabs filter. It’s the same filter that was used to add tabs in the old thickbox media box. media_upload_tabs filter is still well supported in WordPress, so you can count on it for the future.

So here’s the code:

function custom_media_upload_tab_name( $tabs ) {
    $newtab = array( 'tab_slug' => 'Your Tab Name' );
    return array_merge( $tabs, $newtab );

add_filter( 'media_upload_tabs', 'custom_media_upload_tab_name' );

function custom_media_upload_tab_content() {
    // Add you content here.
add_action( 'media_upload_tab_slug', 'custom_media_upload_tab_content' );

This will create a new tab in the Media Manager. Add the code you want to use in custom_media_upload_tab_content() function.

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