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There's something quite odd happening on a site I'm working on I can't figure out why at all. I have a custom post type set up for news and categories so the user can select what type of news it is (e.g. specials, offers etc).
On the news archive I have a sub-menu set up linking to all the categories so the user can filter the news items by category.

I have a category.php file set up and a function in the functions file that filters the news items on the fly:

function set_post_type_for_category_archive_wpse_101930($qry) {
  if (is_main_query() && is_category()) {
    $qry->set('post_type', 'news');

But for some reason when you're on a category archive page, e.g. www.website.com/news/category/offers the sub-menu breaks, and instead of being the categories list, it's now displaying a list of all page links on the site, e.g. Home, About, Gallery, Contact etc and I can't figure out at all why this is happening, is there a solution to this? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Have you recently changed themes or moved the website somewhere? Sometimes menus fall out of place during moves like this. Make sure your saved menus are in their proper slots. – GhostToast Jun 5 '13 at 21:17
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Try this

function set_post_type_for_category_archive_wpse_101930($qry) {
  if ($qry->is_main_query() && $qry->is_category()) {
    $qry->set('post_type', 'news');

Read how to customize wordpress query

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the reason why this would work is that is_category() will match any query on a category page, including queries for menu items. you need to check the specific query currently being performed via the query object passed to the function, in this case $qry. – Milo Jun 5 '13 at 22:26
@Ravs Thank you, both! That worked great, cheers for your help, much appreciated. – user1374796 Jun 5 '13 at 22:39

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