Exclude a Category from your WordPress Menu

On occasion you may want a blog category not to show up in your blog menu. Many themes now a days are including settings you can change to remove categories from menus but if you end up having to hard code it in here is what you need to do.

Open up the header.php file located inside the folder for your wordpress theme. You will need to replace the #3 in the code below with the id number of the category you wish to not include in your menu. If you categorize your entry in more then one category your category will still show up in the blog listing if your theme shows which category each entry is in. If you want to exclude more then one category simply add a comma after the first category number and enter the next category number with no spaces.


This will not remove the category from the frontpage. To remove the category from the frontpage check out my blog on Excluding a Category from your WordPress Frontpage.


  • Bill Bartmann
    September 2, 2009 at 3:44 am

    Cool site, love the info.

  • GeneTinsley
    October 9, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Super-Duper site! I am loving it!! Will come back again – taking your feeds too now, Thanks.

  • InjesteNits
    January 3, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I am frequently searching for brandnew articles in the world wide web about this topic. Thanx!

  • Webagent
    April 21, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Thank you, I bookmark your site 😉

  • azura
    November 5, 2010 at 5:39 am

    Hello thanks for the code, but I want to exclude by name, not by id. Is this possible????? How???? Thanks in advance for any help

  • Fest
    November 9, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I tried to do this but with no result.

    The only place I found the line though was in the sidebar.php and not in the header, perhaps that was the problem.

    The re is a plugin to do this, something with exclude category, but it also removes the category from my frontpage, so that didn’t work either.

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