I am trying to find a solution to toggle (hide/show) threaded comments. I need to see only comments 1,2,3 etc... and hide 1.1,1.2,1.3 etc... Clicking "show comments" will toggle and display the thread of comments.


1 ---

-----clicking "show more comments" shows

----- 1.1

----- 1.2

----- 1.3

----- ...

2 ---

-----clicking "show more comments" shows

----- 2.1

----- 2.2

----- 2.3

----- ...

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I used an ordered list to markup the comments. You probably need to tweak it to your own setup, and cache some variables for optimization, but the functionality is in there.

$(document).ready(function() {

    // Toggle all
    $('#toggle-all').click(function() {
        var $subcomments = $('#comments').find('> li > ol');
        if ($subcomments.filter(':hidden').length) {
        } else {

    // Add buttons to threaded comments
    $('#comments').find('> li > ol')
        .before('<button class="toggle">Show more comments</button>');

   // Toggle one section
    $('#comments').find('button.toggle').click(function() {

I misread your question at first, that's why I added a "toggle all" button and left it in there as a free bonus.

  • Tweaked and working! Thanks, that was easy and I learned some new jQuery stuff! Thanks!!
    – Andycap
    Commented May 8, 2011 at 8:37
  • I tried the above code, but noticed that instead of having 'ol' I have 'ul' on the child comments. It seems the standard wp output is 'ol-li--ul-li---li' Would you mind posting a moded vs. of the little script to work with children comments that use 'ul' instead of 'ol'?
    – shawn
    Commented May 8, 2011 at 21:42
  • @shawn: jsfiddle.net/K3gr7/12
    – Geert
    Commented May 9, 2011 at 4:45

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