WordPress – Menu Screen Options

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In this video I’m going to show you how to edit your Screen Options for your Menus.

The Screen Options pull down tab is located in the upper right corner.  These options allow the you to decide what fields or modules are displayed on your screen.  Your screen may have different options depending on what plugins or theme you have installed.  It contains check boxes to show and hide different sections.  The reason behind having screen options is to give the user, (you) as much control as possible.  I go into more detail of what each option does in other videos in this series.  In this video I’ll give you a brief description that show up on the Menus page.

Click on Screen Options.

The first set of options are the boxes.  These boxes show up on the left of the page.  I usually only use the first four options, but you might want to use the last two depending on your site.

Here are the box options.  These are the types of pages you can add to your website.  I go into more detail about these options in the menus video.

The next set of options – Show Advanced Menu Properties.  All these options are blank by default.

I’m going to expand one of my menu items so you can see what each advanced menu property adds.

The Title Attribute displays text when the user hovers over the menu item.

This is what the Title Attribute box looks like.  If you type in something here, it will display when you hover over that menu item.

The next option is the Link Target.   Using this option can change how the links in the menu open.

This is what the Link Target option looks like.  If you check this check box, it will open this menu item in a new tab in your browser.

The CSS Classes allows you to add custom CSS classes to each of your menu links. And with that you can stylize each menu link separately. If you know a bit of CSS the possibilities are endless.

This is what the CSS Classes box looks like.  This is where you’d add your CSS code.

Next is Link Relationship (XFN).  XFN stands for XHTML Friends Network. WordPress allows for the generation of XFN attributes automatically so you can show how you are related to the authors/owners of site to which you are linking. XFN tags are an effort to add meaning to the connections (links) on the world wide web, and are gaining in popularity.

This is what the Link Relationship box looks like.  This is where you can type in Professional, Family, Friendship and so on.  It’s probably not too likely you’ll need this option.

You can add descriptions to any of your menu links using this options. Through not many themes support this. But you can add this option so your theme will display the description of each menu link if it is set by created a walker script then implementing it into your menu registration.

If you check Description, this is what you’ll see.  This is where you’d type in your description.  It will be displayed in the menu if the current theme supports it.

Click on Screen Options to minimize the options.

That’s it for this video.  I’ll see you in the next one.

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