I am using Wordpress 3.6. I would like to exclude posts on any given current page from appearing in the recent posts sidebar widget. I haven't been able to find a custom widget that has that option. I hope someone can help.

  • The built-in (WordPress Core) recent posts widget?
    – s_ha_dum
    Aug 8, 2013 at 22:48
  • Yes, the built-in recent posts widget as it's fine the way it is. I just want to exclude posts from a current page from it.
    – Nyx
    Aug 9, 2013 at 2:50
  • You can use the 'widget_posts_args' WordPress filter to add an array of excluded posts to the widget query. Aug 9, 2013 at 5:06
  • Thanks for responding but I didn't find anything that excludes a page, current or otherwise. Can anyone tell me what I'd need to put to do this?
    – Nyx
    Aug 9, 2013 at 11:12

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Add this to the functions.php theme (or child theme) file.

add_filter( 'widget_posts_args', 'wpse_109484_recent_post_count' );

function wpse_109484_recent_post_count( $args ) {
    global $wp_query;

    $excluded_posts = array();
    foreach ( (array) $wp_query->posts as $post ) {
        $excluded_posts[] = $post->ID;

    $args['post__not_in'] = $excluded_posts;

    return $args;

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