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I want to highlight the parent of a child page in the menu when the child page itself is not in the menu.

I know this would work if you add the child as a sub page but that isn't the case.

Any ideas?

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Alrdy got it:

<?php //in functions.php
add_filter('nav_menu_css_class', 'highlight_portfolio', 12, 2);
function highlight_portfolio($classes, $item) {
    $parent = get_post_ancestors();
    $parent_ID = $parent[0];

    if ($parent_ID == $item->object_id) {
        array_push($classes, 'current-menu-ancestor');
    return $classes;
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