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How to Highlight the Current Page in WordPress Navigation Menu

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Do you want to highlight the current page in navigation or sidebar menu? Highlighting the current page makes navigation easier.

WordPress menu functions (wp_nav_menu, wp_list_pages) automatically add current_page_item class to li containing the active link. So all we have to do is use the same class to highlight the current page.

Instructions:

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

/* Highlight using list element */
li.current_page_item{
	background:#999;
	color:#fff;
}

/* Highlight using link element */
li.current_page_item a{
	text-decoration:underline;
	background:#666;
}

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