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I've done some searches but maybe I'm searching on the wrong terms. Does anyone know if there's a way to bulk-delete menu items in the new Appearance > Menus system? This is mostly to clean up localhost installations, so I'm totally open to plugins if anyone knows of one. I'd be thrilled if I could delete a Page and have all its sub pages (the ones I set as its sub pages via the Menu, not necessarily its real Child pages) also disappear from the menu, for instance.

Thanks for any help!

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There isn't a way to do a bulk delete. Instead, you should just create a new menu with your updated items.

The menu system is meant to be an easy-to-use, configure-once, drag-and-drop interface. There's no bulk delete because, really, very few people would ever need it and such a feature would likely clutter the interface.

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Thanks, great tip! The times I've tried to bulk-delete are usually caused by importing "all content" which includes menus and duplicates all menu content. I've learned since to only import posts/pages, so haven't run into this as often. But this solution is perfect for those times when I have to import-all. Thanks again! –  Michelle Jun 19 '12 at 17:51
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Though I've looked, I have never figured out a way to bulk-delete child pages that were set by hand in the new Menu system. But, I have figured out how to auto-add child page via one of these two plugins:

If the child pages are auto-added via one of these plugins, I believe they call all be deleted simply by removing the parent page item or disabling the auto-add pages.

Hope this helps someone else who's struggling with managing large numbers of menu items (especially after the import process duplicates all of them!).

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Answering and accepting your own answer is not the way to deal with unwanted downvotes. Even if no one left a comment as to why they were downvoting, it's meant to be a signal to you that something about your question is unclear. Considering the age of the question, you should have updated it with additional research, or a use case example, or offered a bounty for answering. –  EAMann Jun 19 '12 at 17:50
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I vote for a trashcan-icon and a move icon that can bulk-delete items or move menuitems to a different menu.

Here is a plugin that has some of what i mean: http://wordpress.org/plugins/quick-remove-menu-item/screenshots/

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Answers are not for "voting" on solution you wish for. Please post only actual, plausibly working solutions to the question in the answer box. –  s_ha_dum Dec 2 '13 at 16:59
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