Menus » Advanced Menu Settings

Once you have created a menu and added any pages, category pages, or custom links you like, you may want to check out these advanced menu capabilities to get the most out of your menu.

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The settings in this guide refer to what is available at Appearance → Menus.

If you don’t see Appearance → Menus in your dashboard, that means your site uses the Site Editor. To manage your menu, go to Appearance → Editor and edit the Navigation block instead of following the rest of the steps in this guide.

Enable Advanced Menu Settings

First, you must enable the advanced menu settings by following these steps:

  1. Go to Appearance → Menus.
  2. Select the Screen Options tab at the top of the screen.
  3. Tick the boxes for the settings you wish to enable. Each setting is explained below.

If you would like to control whether your menu links open in a new tab or window when selected, enable the Link Target advanced property to reveal the Open link in a new tab setting on individual menu items:

Open link in a new tab is marked with an arrow.

Title Attribute

This is a text that displays when you hover the mouse over the menu item. This helps your visitors what this menu item is about:

An example of a title attribute is shown. For the Contact menu item, the title attribute says "Send me a message here!"

CSS Classes

CSS Classes are an advanced menu property used to apply a CSS class to individual menu items.

XFN stands for XHTML Friends Network. XFN attributes can be used to show how you are related to the authors/owners of the site to which you are linking. When you add a new link, you may specify in this box the relationship you share in real life with the author of the page to which you’re linking. This will automatically add a rel=”X” attribute to the HTML code for the link (where X is the relationship you specify).

XFN relationships are optional for the links. You can leave the XFN box empty and all your links will still work.


The description will be displayed in the menu if the current theme supports it.

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