Processing status: enable admin editing and customer cancelling

For orders in Processing status, this code allows the customer to click the Cancel button in the My Account dashboard. It also allows the administrator to modify the order as if it was in the On Hold or Pending status.

add_filter( 'wc_order_is_editable', function( $is_editable, $order ) {

	if( $order->get_status() == 'processing' ) {
		$is_editable = true;

	return $is_editable;

}, 10, 2 );

add_filter( 'woocommerce_valid_order_statuses_for_cancel', function( $statuses, $order ) {

	if( $order->get_status() == 'processing' ) {
		$statuses[] = 'processing';

	return $statuses;

}, 10, 2 );

Instructions for Processing status: enable admin editing and customer cancelling

  1. Log into a staging or locally hosted clone of your site.
  2. Install and activate Code Snippets plugin.
  3. WP Admin > Snippets > Add New
  4. Copy and paste the code from the section above.
  5. Check to ensure formatting came over properly.
  6. Customize the code as desired.
  7. Add a meaningful title.
  8. Select whether to run on front-end or back-end (or both).
  9. Click “Save and Activate”.
  10. Test your site to ensure it works.
  11. Disable if any problems, or recover.
  12. Repeat for live environment.

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