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How to remove Dashicons in WordPress (dashicons.min.css)

Dashicons is the official icon font of the WordPress admin as of 3.8. Some themes and developers utilize this (dashicons.min.css) on the front-end of sites. However, many modern themes and plugins now utilize their own icons, SVGs, or don’t have any icons at all. So if you’re not using Dashicons, the stylesheet adds unnecessary load time to your site and is also render-blocking. Dashicons impact FCP and LCP.

Remove Dashicons

Follow the steps below to remove Dashicons.

Note: This doesn’t affect the back-end because the WordPress admin dashboard uses Dashicons. This purposely only removes Dashicons on the front-end when not logged in.

Step 1

Click into the Perfmatters plugin settings.

Perfmatters plugin settings
Perfmatters plugin settings

Step 2

Make sure you’re on the “General” submenu.

Perfmatters General tab
Perfmatters General submenu

Step 3

Toggle on “Disable Dashicons.”

Remove Dashicons
Remove Dashicons

Step 4

Scroll down and click “Save Changes.”

Alternative method

You can also use the Script Manager in Perfmatters to disable Dashicons. You can add an exception based on the user state so that it’s only applied to the front-end (when not logged in).

Disable Dashicons with the Script Manager
Disable Dashicons with the Script Manager
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