I created some custom post types and custom taxonomies, if I'm on an archive page of the custom taxonomy, the Blog menu item is highlighted due to the current_page_parent class. Well this is obviously false and I want to remove the class, but I also want to add it to another menu item.

How can I add and remove the current_page_parent class dynamically for all my custom taxonomies?

I'm currently removing the class with

function wpdev_nav_classes( $classes ) {
  if( is_archive() ){
    $classes = array_diff( $classes, array( 'current_page_parent' ) );
  return $classes;
add_filter( 'nav_menu_css_class', 'wpdev_nav_classes', 10, 2 );

but I have no clue on how to add it to an other menu item, let's call the item Example.

  • The 2nd argument passed to the nav_menu_css_class filter is the menu item, you can check the title, ID, etc..
    – Milo
    Aug 22, 2016 at 15:24

1 Answer 1


Replace news with your custom post type and menu-item-000 with the menu item you want to highlight.

function wpdev_nav_classes($classes) {
    // Remove "current_page_parent" class
    $classes = array_diff( $classes, array( 'current_page_parent' ) );

    // If this is the "news" custom post type, highlight the correct menu item
    if ( in_array('menu-item-000', $classes) && get_post_type() === 'news' ) {
        $classes[] = 'current_page_parent';

    return $classes;
add_filter('nav_menu_css_class', 'wpdev_nav_classes');

If you have more than one post type, it would be better to use a switch statement. Let me know if that's the case, and I'll update the code.

  • This is helpful for me. Would this be the most satisfactory way of doing this?
    – Krys
    Jun 28, 2021 at 10:27

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