How to Disable All Gutenberg Frontend Styles in WordPress 6.x

Here’s every action and filter you need to completely disable WordPress’ default inline styles — including the recent classic-themes.min.css in version 6.1 🙌

The block editor in WordPress has come a long way, and is — dare I say* — actually quite awesome these days. Especially since the major improvements created with WordPress 6.0, 6.1 and 6.2.

Still, not every WordPress theme needs every bell and whistle available. Some WP sites are just plain ole’ simple blogs, and don’t need a lot of tech. In fact, you’re looking at one right now.

Lean, mean writing machine

I recently upgraded this bad boy to WordPress 6.2, mostly to avoid falling behind on other improvements, unrelated to Gutenberg, Full Site Editing, etc.

Upgrading was painless, of course**, but because WordPress now loads global styles for block assets by default, I had to manually get rid of some weight, to keep the site as lean as always:

Screenshot of a Lighthouse performance report, showing 99 for Performance, 95 for Accessibility, and 100 for Best Practices

Getting rid of all default block styles was not entirely straightforward, as the way to do it has changed multiple times, from version 5.8 through 6.1.

So, without further ado, here’s what I’m using, on this very site, to load just my own, handcrafted theme styles:

Disable block styles in WordPress theme frontend

remove_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'wp_enqueue_global_styles' );
remove_action( 'wp_footer', 'wp_enqueue_global_styles', 1 );
remove_action( 'wp_body_open', 'wp_global_styles_render_svg_filters' );

add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', function() {
  wp_dequeue_style( 'wp-block-library' );
  wp_dequeue_style( 'wp-block-library-theme' );

  wp_dequeue_style( 'classic-theme-styles' );

  // Or, go deep:
} );

add_filter( 'should_load_separate_core_block_assets', '__return_true' );

Stick this in your theme’s functions.php and you should be good to go.


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