My use of the_category works fine, but I want to change the tooltip, which says "View all posts in (category name)".

How can I change this tooltip?

I guess this might be something similar to this.

Thank you

2 Answers 2


I used this solution instead, within my single.php file:

//categories loop

$categories = get_the_category();
$separator = ', ';
$output = '';
    foreach($categories as $category) {
        $output .= '<a href="'.get_category_link( $category->term_id ).'" title="' .     esc_attr( sprintf( __( "%s" ), $category->name ) ) . '">'.$category-    >cat_name.'</a>'.$separator;
echo trim($output, $separator);

You want to change the tooltip... but to what? Sorry my crystal ball isn't quite working today.

Here are some options you have:

  • Change it in wp-includes/category-template.php but that's far from ideal since an update will overwrite this.
  • You can add a function to your function.php file. For example if you want to remove it completely (since you didn't write how you want to change it):

    function categories_without_title_attribute() {
        $categories = wp_list_categories('echo=0');
        $categories = preg_replace('/title=\"(.*?)\"/','',$categories);
        echo $categories;

Then of course use the fn to output your (modified) categories.

  • Thank you, I opted for the solution proposed below, which allows me to set the title I want without modifying master files.
    – p.a.
    Jan 20, 2014 at 15:46

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