Limit Admin Page Editing Capabilities to Page Owners by Capability

Currently, WordPress does a great job displaying pages on the Edit Pages admin area for users with the capability edit_others_pages. However, if a user has edit_others_pages and has not yet authored any pages, WordPress defaults to listing all the pages removing edit actions, etc. Recently I had the need to list NO PAGES/POSTS except what the person has authored.

add_action( ‘pre_get_posts’, ‘wps_admin_exclude_pages’ );
* Modifies the admin query for a specific author for the Edit Posts
* and Pages admin pages checking capability.
* @param WP_Query Object $query Original Query Object
* @return WP_Query Object $query Original/Modified Query Object
function wps_admin_exclude_pages( $query ) {
if( ! is_admin() )
return $query;

global $pagenow, $user_ID;
if( ‘edit.php’ == $pagenow && ‘page’ == get_query_var( ‘post_type’ ) && ! current_user_can( ‘edit_others_pages’ ) )
$query->set( ‘author’, $user_ID );

if( ‘edit.php’ == $pagenow && ‘post’ == get_query_var( ‘post_type’ ) && ! current_user_can( ‘edit_others_posts’ ) )
$query->set( ‘author’, $user_ID );

return $query;

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