How To Create A WordPress Menu Without Link

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Creating a WordPress menu without link may is a simple task to someone who is familiar with WordPress, but to a novice WordPress user this can be a real head scratcher.

I’ve been asked this question often lately by clients so thought I’d post a quick how to guide.

Create A WordPress Menu Without Link

How To Create A WordPress Menu Without A Link - Step 1

As you can see from the screenshot above, the menu anchor or top link is ‘Services‘ in this case. It links to the Services page. Under that are links to sub-pages or child pages of the Services page. But what if you didn’t want to have the ‘Services’ anchor link go to a page but just be a placeholder in effect. That’s easy to do.

1) In WordPress Admin Go To Appearance -> Menus

How To Create A WordPress Menu Without Link - Part 2

2) Remove The Old Link

2.1) To do this this find the link in question, in our example it’s the ‘Services‘ link. Click the dropdown arrow to expand the menu.
2.2) Click the ‘Remove‘ link to remove the menu item.

How To Create A WordPress Menu Without Link - Part 3

3) Add The New Link

Find the ‘Links‘ menu on the left and click it to expand the menu.

How To Create A WordPress Menu Without Link - Part 4

4) Create The New Menu Item

4.1) Type a # into the URL box.
4.2) Type the name of your new menu in the link text box.
4.3) Click the ‘Add to Menu‘ button to add it to the menu.

How To Create A WordPress Menu Without Link - Part 5

Your new ‘Services‘ menu is now added to the bottom of your menu.

How To Create A WordPress Menu Without Link - Part 6

Now to re-order it by moving it to the desired position on your menu.

5) Re-Order Your Menu

WordPress makes it very easy to re-arrange your menu. Re-ordering your menu is done by simply clicking on the menu item in question and dragging it to the desired position.

5.1) Drag the ‘Services‘ menu item link to the desired location.

How To Create A WordPress Menu Without Link - Part 7

5.2) Drag the sub menu items to their desired positions. To make them drop down menus they must be offset from the ‘Services‘ menu item.

How To Create A WordPress Menu Without Link - Part 8

6) Finally.. Remove The # From The Custom Link

You don’t have to remove the # from the URL link box but it looks neater so I tend to do it.

6.1) In the link URL box simply remove the #.
6.2) Click ‘Save Menu’ to save your changes to your menu.

How To Create A WordPress Menu Without Link - Part 9

Congratulations! Your new menu is now ready and all that’s left is to view your handy work.

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