I'm customizing a WordPress theme for my school, and I'm a bit annoyed by the fact that the current page in the nav menu is not indicated.

For example:

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You can clearly see that I'm hovering over a page in the nav menu, and that the page I'm hovering over is highlighted, as expected.

However, the page that I'm currently on, called "Arhiva", is not highlighted, and I think that this can be somewhat confusing.

I don't want the current page and the page the mouse is hovering over to be highlighed in the same manner though. I believe that a bold entry text in the nav menu would do just fine to separate the current page from other pages.

How can I achieve this?

Theme's current CSS can be viewed here: http://petagimnazija.hr/wp/wp-content/themes/chiron/style.css.

  • Does it not work at all or for specific page(s)? Meaning is it broken or not implemented in first place in your theme?
    – Rarst
    Commented May 4, 2013 at 20:04
  • I'm pretty sure it's not implemented in the theme. But it should be trivial if WordPress provides the appropriate classes to me, right? (Please don't tell me it doesn't.)
    – jcora
    Commented May 4, 2013 at 20:17
  • Well, had you looked for them?.. :) Your site seems to be using custom menus and they seem to have appropriate classes like current-menu-item fine...
    – Rarst
    Commented May 4, 2013 at 20:25
  • That's what I was looking for, thanks @Rarst. If you'd put that in an answer, I'd be glad to accept it. I just forgot to look for those classes... SE makes you dumber in some cases :/
    – jcora
    Commented May 4, 2013 at 20:42

1 Answer 1


The Navigation Menus system is adding a lot of classes, including matching current page (rather intelligently, it will even try to detect custom URLs, that were input explicitly).

The simplest class to make use of is current-menu-item, but there are quite a few more dealing with parents/ancestors and more.

Codex has them documented at wp_nav_menu() > Menu Item CSS Classes.

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