Make WordPress Nav Dropdown Menus Non-Clickable

James Parsons by James Parsons Updated Feb 6th, 2024

For dropdown items in WordPress, you may not always want the dropdown parent itself to link to a page. You may just want them to function as a dropdown.

That's what I do on my site. Try clicking one of the dropdowns in the menu on this site. See? It didn't do anything, which is what I intended.

This code will replace all instances of "/#" in WordPress menu items and replace them with:

  • javascript:void(0);

In my opinion, this is a much better option. Using a /# hash instead has the unintended consequence of making users scroll to the very top of the page when the link is clicked. So, if you have a dropdown in your sticky nav menu and someone is at the bottom of the page, then they click a nav dropdown with a hash /#, it jumps immediately to the top of the page. This is jarring and bad for user experience. If something isn't made to be clickable, it should do nothing when clicked.

Here's the code that will fix this for you. Simply add it to your functions.php file in your WordPress theme:

 * Replace # with javascript:void in the menu bar

add_filter('walker_nav_menu_start_el', 'wpse_226884_replace_hash', 999);

function wpse_226884_replace_hash($menu_item) {
    if (strpos($menu_item, 'href="#"') !== false) {
        $menu_item = str_replace('href="#"', 'href="javascript:void(0);"', $menu_item);
    return $menu_item;

Now you can use a hash (#) as the URL for any nav item that you want to be non-clickable. Like this:

Even though you used a hash in the WordPress admin, this new code will replace it on the front-end of the website with the appropriate code to use javascript:void(0); instead:

We use this one all the time for client sites, it comes in handy!

What do you think? Any questions for me? Leave me a comment and I'll get back to you quickly!

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Written by James Parsons

James Parsons is the founder and CEO of Content Powered, a premier content marketing agency that leverages nearly two decades of his experience in content marketing to drive business growth. Renowned for founding and scaling multi-million dollar eCommerce businesses through strategic content marketing, James has become a trusted voice in the industry, sharing his insights in Search Engine Watch, Search Engine Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc, and other leading publications. His background encompasses key roles across various agencies, contributing to the content strategies of major brands like eBay and Expedia. James's expertise spans SEO, conversion rate optimization, and effective content strategies, making him a pivotal figure in the industry.