How To Deregister & Dequeue Style Sheets

WordPress includes 2 functions which you can use in your child themes functions.php file to deregister and dequeue style sheets for themes and plugins.

Deregister a CSS file that was registered with wp_register_style().


Dequeue a CSS file that was enqueued with wp_enqueue_style().


Using the same function, you can correctly enqueue your own style sheets.

add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'remove_default_stylesheet', 25 );

function remove_default_stylesheet() {
    wp_dequeue_style( 'original-enqueue-stylesheet-handle' );
    wp_deregister_style( 'original-register-stylesheet-handle' );

    wp_register_style( 'new-style', get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/new.css', false, '1.0.0' ); 
    wp_enqueue_style( 'new-style' );


Simply replace original-enqueue-stylesheet-handle with the name of the handle that was used to enqueue and/or register the default style sheet for any plugin or parent theme.

This code enables you to move a plugins style sheet to your child theme and style it there so any plugin updates don’t over-write your custom styling for the plugin.

You could also use this code to remove the styles from a parent theme and add your own in your child theme.

If you don’t want to enqueue a new style sheet for a plugin or theme, you can simply add the CSS code at the end of your child themes style.css file.

Related Solutions

Never Miss a Tip from WP Sites

Get my latest web design tutorials, elegant coding solutions & useful tips.

5 Reasons Mad Mimi Works Better

  1. Sends From Your Email Address - More personal & higher open rate
  2. Cheapest - $42 for list of 10,000 emails, unlimited sends
  3. Ease of Use - The easiest system to create & setup campaigns
  4. RSS to E-Mail - Auto send list of latest posts
  5. Auto Send Any Number of Days - enables you to offer multiple newsletters at different frequencies.

Click here to create a free account.

Leave a Reply

Your feedback is always appreciated.

Your feedback is always welcome & appreciated however WP Sites does not reply to anonymous comment authors or approve loaded questions. Members get answers to unlimited questions.