The add_menu_page documentation says to pass the menu title as the second parameter:

add_menu_page('Page Title', 'Menu Title', ...);

When adding more pages later via add_submenu_page, the main page becomes the first entry in the submenu:

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However, I want the first item in the list to have a different name (but still point to the same page), the way Wordpress itself does it:

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How could I accomplish that in my plugin?


5 Answers 5


You can make the 'slug' for the submenu page equal that of the top level page, and they'll point to the same place:

add_action('admin_menu', 'my_menu_pages');
function my_menu_pages(){
    add_menu_page('My Page Title', 'My Menu Title', 'manage_options', 'my-menu', 'my_menu_output' );
    add_submenu_page('my-menu', 'Submenu Page Title', 'Whatever You Want', 'manage_options', 'my-menu' );
    add_submenu_page('my-menu', 'Submenu Page Title2', 'Whatever You Want2', 'manage_options', 'my-menu2' );


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  • This would result in duplicate entries, since Wordpress automatically creates a submenu page for the main page.
    – MegaHit
    Sep 27, 2012 at 23:37
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    I remember skimming through the core code last week and running into a note that said something like: "Add default submenu item IF USER HASN'T ALREADY". It checks to see if there's a submenu item pointing to the top level item. If there is, it doesn't add the default. Sep 27, 2012 at 23:40
  • I want when i create custom menu i want to display some tables and data as other tabs are display a tutorial link or some function help will be appreciated Oct 23, 2016 at 19:40
  • Exactly what I waas looking for. Thanx :P
    – Rob D. A.
    Sep 10, 2018 at 15:13
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    This works like a charm. Make sure you have at least one submenu other than the first submenu since first one is pointing to parent slug. If not your submenus will not be visible.
    – Dushan
    Jun 5, 2021 at 18:06

Make the slug of the parent menu item and sub-menu same (first one item) as below

function actions_recent_bids_add_admin_page(){

          'Recent Bids',
          'Auction Reports',

          'wc-auction-reports',               // parent slug
          'Recent Bids',                      // page title
          'Recent Bids',                      // menu title
          'manage_options',                   // capability
          'wc-auction-reports',               // slug
          'acutions_customers_spendings_list' // callback

          'wc-auction-reports',               // parent slug
          'Customer Spending',                // page title
          'Customer Spending',                // menu title
          'manage_options',                   // capability
          'wc-acutions-customers-spendings',  // slug
          'acutions_customers_spendings_list' // callback

          'wc-auction-reports',          // parent slug
          'Customer Bids',               // page title
          'Customer Bids',               // menu title
          'manage_options',              // capability
          'wc-acutions-customers-bids',  // slug
          'acutions_customers_bids_list' // callback


Hi I just spent forever looking for this and the correct way is not listed here. You want to use


to the end of your function

  • But the question is about adding a duplicate menu, not removing one?
    – Rup
    Mar 8 at 16:31
  • It could be accomplished by removing the original entry and then adding a new one with a different name with the same slug. Just an idea!
    – prismspecs
    Mar 9 at 20:49

Simply add this:

$submenu['my-menu'][0][0] = 'My New Menu Title';

For debugging purposes, you can do a print_r($menu) to check the whole WP menu.

        'tut_theme_settings',       // parent slug
        'Front Page Elements 2',    // page title
        'Front Page 2',             // menu title
        'manage_options',           // capability
        'tut_theme_settings2',      // slug
        'theme_front_page_settings' // callback

if different name of first sub-menu create same slug of parent and first child and call same function

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    How is it different from the accepted answer? And to which action this should be hooked.
    – bravokeyl
    Sep 29, 2016 at 7:00

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