WordPress – How to Delete all Empty Categories or Tags

Sometimes, we just have lots of empty categories or tags. Empty categories are the ones to which we’ve not assigned any post. The same with empty tags.

When that happens, some things may happen:

  • Your server may become slow because of the many useless categories and tags.
  • You may get confused about which categories or tags you use and which you don’t.
  • You may lose some time each time you assign something to a specific category or tag because you have to be looking for them each time.
  • Etc.

Therefore, we think it’s better for you to delete them all. And we want to show you how easy it is to do that with the Categories, Tags, Product Attributes, Taxonomies Spreadsheet plugin.

It is designed to make your life much easier because you can apply changes to thousands of categories and tags using the plugin’s Bulk Edit tool. Also, you can edit the categories individually in the plugin’s spreadsheet.

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You can delete all the empty categories or tags just by following these steps:

1- Open the spreadsheet you want to edit

  • If you’ll edit Categories, please go to Sheet Editor > Edit categories
  • If you’ll edit Tags, please go to Sheet Editor > Edit post tags

2- Load all the files in the spreadsheet

For this, you need to scroll down using the mouse scroll, or you can hit the Load More Posts button at the end of the spreadsheet.

3- Click on the top of the Count column

Once you have loaded all the rows in the spreadsheet, click on top of the Count column. This will order the numbers in that column, and you’ll see which of your categories are or tags empty, that is, are not assigned to any post.

4- Delete the empty categories or tags

To delete the empty categories or tags, you just need to select the delete option in the Status column of the empty categories or tags.

Just as in any other spreadsheet, you can click the fill handle and drag it down until you cover the desired range of cells in the column, and then release the mouse button.

Finally, click on Save to apply the changes.


With the Categories, Tags, Product Attributes, Taxonomies Spreadsheet plugin, it’s really simple to delete all your empty categories or tags.

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