How to Make the Top-Level Menu Items Non-clickable in WordPress Custom Menus

Whether you use Genesis or not, one often question I see is: “How do I make the top-level items non-clickable?” And they go on to say that they are linked to a category, a landing page, a blank page, a random 404 page, etc. However, it is quite simple.

First, for Genesis users, ensure that you have selected Custom Menus in Genesis > Theme Settings. Then, navigate to the custom menus option via Appearance > Menus.

Second, create the custom links menu item by filling in the URL as “#” (without the quotes) inserting a label name, then clicking Add to Menu. Then locate it anywhere on the menu and click Save Menu.


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  1. says

    That’s awesome advice. However I use Thesis 1.7 and am going crazy trying to figure out how to do the same thing with the top level nav. I know in Thesis 1.8 it has a simple feature like Genesis, but that is only out in beta. Any suggestions?

  2. says

    Does that work for the header or just for the menus? Man I hope it works for the header when I go try it. I’ve been searching for hours. Just ran into a post from some girl who’d been searching for hours too.

  3. says

    This is a good tip!
    What I do is a little different.. when I add the custom menu item in, I put any little text in the URL, insert it into the menu, then I clear it out to have nothing in the URL field. This way when your mouse hovers over it, the cursor doesn’t change into a link and although it doesn’t go anywhere, people still try to click on it.

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