Change “Select Category” Name Within Category Dropdown Widget

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Do you want to change the default “select category” name to personalize it? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to change “select category” name within category dropdown widget.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin:

function _category_dropdown_filter( $cat_args ) {
	$cat_args['show_option_none'] = __('My Category');
	return $cat_args;
add_filter( 'widget_categories_dropdown_args', '_category_dropdown_filter' );

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly copy / paste code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

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  1. Thank you! I have 2 Category Dropdown Widgets and I want to use this snippet for specific widget only. what should I add to your snippet to make it work only for a specific widget? maybe it could be done with a custom CSS class or id is given to it?

  2. My problem Solved with your help with that code.
    So much appriciated!

    Seng PRUM

    1. Hey Seng, thanks. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. 🙂

  3. Hi guys, the above code is not working for me. Any solutions please? Would be greatly appreciated. Have tried adding it directly into functions.php and also tried creating a plugin specifically for it, neither worked.

    1. Are you checking the results on the front end of the site? If so, you may want to check to see if another plugin or the theme is overriding the snippet’s text.

  4. Thanks for this. The solution I was after.

  5. Awesome. How would you accomplish this same thing for the Archives widget?

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