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WooCommerce: “Bulk Edit” > Remove Categories @ Admin Products List

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Go to WordPress Dashboard > Products, select more than one product, and then go to the Bulk Actions dropdown and choose “Edit“.

You’re now presented with a simple yet effective bulk edit window, where you can do basic product fields editing such as changing the price in bulk, assign the same tag in bulk, set a sale price percentage in bulk, and so on. You can even assign one or more categories to the selected products.

But wait – it seems you cannot remove product categories from all selected products, which is a bummer! Well, I’m not sure if this is a WooCommerce choice, but honestly it’s such a basic thing that I’m surprised there is no bulk edit option for that.

So, let’s fix this. Let’s add a custom select dropdown with a list of product categories – whenever a category is selected, this will be removed from all checked products. Enjoy!

Here’s a brand new “DELETE CAT” option in the WooCommerce Products > Bulk Edit window. Select a product category from the dropdown, click on “Update”, and this product category will be removed from all selected products!

PHP Snippet: Add “Remove Product Category” To The Bulk Edit Options @ Admin Products Table

Note: WooCommerce products are required to belong to at least one product category by design. If you bulk remove the only category from a list of products, they will be reassigned to your “default” product category.

Which means the “Bulk Remove Product Category” functionality you find below will only work if either (a) products belong to 2 or more product categories or (b) in the bulk edit window you ADD at least one category and REMOVE the current category at the same time. Hope I’ve explained it clearly.

/** * @snippet Bulk Remove Product Categories @ WooCommerce Products Admin * @how-to Get CustomizeWoo.com FREE * @author Rodolfo Melogli * @compatible WooCommerce 8 * @donate $9 https://businessbloomer.com/bloomer-armada/ */ add_action( ‘woocommerce_product_bulk_edit_start’, ‘bbloomer_bulk_edit_remove_product_category’ ); function bbloomer_bulk_edit_remove_product_category() { ?>

get_id(); if ( isset( $_REQUEST[‘remove_product_cat’] ) ) { $cat_to_remove = $_REQUEST[‘remove_product_cat’]; $categories = $product->get_category_ids(); if ( ! in_array( $cat_to_remove, $categories ) ) return; if ( ( $key = array_search( $cat_to_remove, $categories ) ) !== false ) { unset( $categories[$key] ); } $product->set_category_ids( $categories ); $product->save(); } }

Where to add custom code?

You should place PHP snippets at the bottom of your child theme functions.php file and CSS at the bottom of its style.css file. Make sure you know what you are doing when editing such files – if you need more guidance, please take a look at my guide “Should I Add Custom Code Via WP Editor, FTP or Code Snippets?” and my video tutorial “Where to Place WooCommerce Customization?”

Does this snippet (still) work?

Please let me know in the comments if everything went as expected. I would be happy to revise the snippet if you report otherwise (please provide screenshots). I have tested this code with Storefront theme, the WooCommerce version listed above and a WordPress-friendly hosting.

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Rodolfo Melogli

Business Bloomer Founder

Author, WooCommerce expert and WordCamp speaker, Rodolfo has worked as an independent WooCommerce freelancer since 2011. His goal is to help entrepreneurs and developers overcome their WooCommerce nightmares. Rodolfo loves travelling, chasing tennis & soccer balls and, of course, wood fired oven pizza.

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