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Mod Name:
Quick New Topic Button
Created By:
First Created:
March 29, 2019, 12:31:08 AM
Last Modified:
June 12, 2021, 07:31:21 PM
Latest Version:
Compatible With:
2.1 RC1, 2.1 RC2, 2.1 RC3
Total Downloads:

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QuickNewTopicButton.tar.gz (5kB) [3]
Manual Install Instructions for SMF

Below are some preview images of what the mod looks like when being used


Quick New Topic Button

A modification for Simple Machines Forum version 2.1 that adds a button to the main forum menu to start a new topic.

Clicking the button takes the user straight to the post authoring form. The form will include a select menu where the user must choose a board in which to post the new topic.

There are benefits and drawbacks to installing this button. On the one hand, not forcing users to navigate to a board before they can post makes it easier for inexperienced users to get involved in your community. On the other hand, this also increases the likelihood that users will post a new topic before reading the existing topics in a board. So whether this button is helpful or unhelpful will depend on the nature of your community.

The button is not shown to anyone when you first install the mod. It must be toggled on for specific members or membergroups (see below) before it will appear.


There is one administrator setting, Membergroups that see New Topic button in main menu by default, available in Administration Center ► Features and Options ► Layout. Groups selected in this setting will see the button by default, while unselected groups will not. So if you want to show the button to new members but not to more experienced ones (or vice versa), you can do that here.

Note that the administrator setting merely sets defaults. Individual members can always override these defaults using the Show New Topic button in main menu setting, available in Profile ► Look and Layout.

Also note that the button will never be shown to members who are not allowed to post anywhere in the forum (e.g. banned members).


Quick New Topic Button is released under the MIT License. A full copy of this license is included in the package file.


Version 1.0:

  • Initial release