Support » Themes and Templates » Changing menu item layout in Twenty Eleven 1.2 theme

  • I am using the Twenty Eleven 1.2 theme, and I have activated the “Pages” widget by dragging it into the “Main Sidebar” in Dashboard. This allows me to display all my menu items along the left-hand-side sidebar. However, I want to change the way the menu items listed appear.

    In particular, by default, the items appear in bold text. Instead, I want them to appear as normal text, and become bold only when I hover my mouse over any item. Also, when selected, I would like that particular menu item to appear bold and italicized. Finally, I also want to change the bullets used for these items to something else. Since this is my first time using WordPress and creating a website, I am totally lost. I know that I probably have to make some change to the ‘style.css’ file (which I’m accessing from: Dashboard -> Appearance -> Editor). However, I can’t figure out what to change or how to change it. Can anyone help?

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  • esmi


    Forum Moderator

    Do not edit the Twenty Eleven theme. It is the default WordPress 3.2 theme and having access to an unedited version of the theme is vital when dealing with a range of site issues. Create a child theme for your changes. Once your child theme is active, we should be able to help with the customisation.

    Thanks for the tip; I didn’t know you could do that. Up to now I’ve been saving the original .php files as text files to serve as back-up. Anyway, it’s done – a child theme of the twenty-eleven theme has been created. So back to the original problem, how can I change the layout of the menus as described in my previous post?

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