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All ACF Post fields suddenly in sidebar

    • cathyk

    • November 9, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    I’ve been working on my ‘Posts’ all day, but at some point my repeater fields ended up in the sidebar rendering them too narrow to work with.

    Does any know if there’s a setting, function or css tweak that can get the fields of this repeater back in the main area of the Post entry page? I’m out of ideas.

    Fortunately, my ‘Pages’ ACF fields are fine. I’m using Chrome, WP 5.5.3, ACF Pro 5.9.3


    • paillao

    • November 12, 2020 at 8:54 am

    I have the same problem, it don’t goes back to the normal position…

    • paillao

    • November 12, 2020 at 9:01 am

    I have a solution install this plugin

    then move the metabox to the right position and save, then deactivate this plugin and it will be ok!

    • cathyk

    • November 22, 2020 at 8:56 am

    Thank you for this suggestion. I resisted trying this workaround at first. but after creating a brand new WordPress installation which worked perfectly for a few days, one of my field groups broke again and went back to the sidebar.

    Maybe I’ll find the real cause of my problem some day, but this works immediately.

    • paillao

    • November 23, 2020 at 9:18 am

    Happy to Help Cathy!
    Take Care!!!

  • If you click on the move up link on a field group when it is the first group after the content it will move into the bottom of the sidebar. Move down will have the same effect if it is originally pages high above content. It’s easy to click these new features on an ACF field group.

    • markc

    • November 27, 2020 at 1:48 am

    A client called me about this today. First i had no idea what he was talking about until i hit one of the move buttons myself and knew what was the problem (even though I had no idea what to tell him why it was happening). Fortunately, I found the workaround posted above (thanks) so that he can at least keep working on his content.

    So, the problem is with Gutenberg?
    Is there maybe a way to disable the arrows temorarily until there is a “real fix” to this? I don’t want that he can accidentaly click on it again, because it happens way too easy.

    • markc

    • November 27, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Nevermind sorry! I found a way to remove the arrows on only both of my fieldgroups. I can share if anyone is interested.

    • flamner

    • February 19, 2021 at 4:44 am

    Same problem, nothing helps :/ all fields are placed in right sidebar

  • I’m having the same issue — I accidentally clicked an arrow, and now I can’t retrieve my field set from the sidebar — and attempting to change the position from the fieldset’s own edit screen has NO effect. I’m not sure what the intended functionality is supposed to be here, but it’s not working.

    Any advice about how to get my fieldset back to where it’s intended to be, other than trashing it and remaking it, or disabling Gutenberg, would be very appreciated.


  • The only way to fix this is to use the arrows to move the field group back to where you want it. This is a new WP feature and is not something added by ACF.

    You can also look in the DB in the usermeta table. Each user has an entry in this table that sets the meta box order. Deleting these should reset things.

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