Change the Navbar Colors/Font/Size 28

Last Reviewed: 29-Apr-15 (3.3.20) 3.1.* 3.2.* 3.3.*

Where to copy/paste this code?
The simplest way is to use the Custom CSS section of the customizer option screen. If you have many customizations to make in CSS and PHP, then we strongly recommend you create a child theme. Everything you need to know about creating a child theme with Customizr here.


Only want to change the responsive, collapsed menu?
Use the code above, but change .navbar .nav to .navbar .nav-collapse .nav


About Dave Bardell

My name is Dave Bardell (@rdellconsulting) and have been supporting the Forum since discovering this wonderful Theme in July 2013. Have learnt a lot from other Supporters (@ElectricFeet, @acub, @tomaja, and the maestro @d4z_c0nf, in particular). Have a library of snippets I've built up which in adding here, I'll try to acknowledge the original contributor but apologies to any I miss or wrongly attribute.

28 thoughts on “Change the Navbar Colors/Font/Size

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    Hello thank you for this help ! However there is something I can’t change. When I click on the menu just to show the submenu (dropdown menu). The menu’s title of the higher menu is still in green (=the color of the chosen skin). How can I change this please ?

    Thanks !

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    Dave Bardell Post author

    Most of these Snippets are tested standalone, so it is possible that when added to other CSS code they don’t work quite as intended. I’d suggest the Forum would be a better place to get a solution for this, and include a link to your Site.

    Thanks for using Customizr.

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    Roy Martin

    Is there a change I can make to just effect my side menu widget. I assume it involves “.widget_nav_menu” vs .navbar .nav ?
    I am using the black CSS and would like white Text white with no focus or hover.

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    My site is displaying the mobile navigation with a white background and I’ve set my nav text color to white. Anyone know how to change the background display color for mobile?

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    My site is displaying the mobile navigation with a white background and I’ve set my nav text color to white. Anyone know how to change the background display color for mobile with some CSS?

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      Hi Dave – I tried using your nav. nav-collapse. nav. suggestion to change just the responsive menu text color from the current color of white, to black. I tried this, but it changed the whole menu, not just the responsive, any idea what I’m doing wrong? Thanks!

      /* Adjust Menu colors - Normal */
      .navbar .nav > li > a, .navbar .nav-collapse .nav > li > a:first-letter {
      color:         black;
      text-shadow:    none;
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        I have the same problem, my site is displaying the mobile navigation with a light grey background and the hover items are the same color.
        I tried this snippet, with the .navbar .nav-collapse .nav trick, but it still change my main menu bar, and only the font and not the color…

        How to change the background or text color of the dropdown menu in its mobile site version only ?

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    Hello, I have tried in various ways without success.
    I would like to decrease the height of the menu by moving the icons on the same level of social connections

    Also how do I remove the outline and the background of the menu?

    Thank you for the work you do and for this wonderful theme!

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    I added your cool snippet! But I have an issue. Take a look at the website. Can you help me please?
    thank you

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    Actually, there is something I don’t understand:
    How to have more space under the text? It is really at the bottom of the box

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      Dave Bardell Post author

      Don’t have a website link, but the usual way to achieve more whitespace would be by adding
      .navbar.notresp .navbar-inner {
      min-height: 999px /* change 999 */;

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    The navbar box background color is changed by your snippet nicely for Safari and firefox

    However, it renders properly everywhere except IE. The website below mentions a problem with IE and Twitter bootstrap filters for IE


    worked for me

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      Hi Buffy,
      This CSS code should do the trick :

      Take care

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    Totally new to WordPress i was surprised how easy it was to make the first steps in making a website.
    Now i created and activated the child theme because i want to change the navbar layout.
    I simply copied the first part of your snippet and pasted it into my Style.css

    Color of the menu changed to font and red color. Now i changed the style.css into the following:

    /* Adjust Menu (black) text color, (Helvetica) font-family, (1em) font-size */
    .navbar .nav > li > a, .navbar .nav > li > a:first-letter,
    .navbar .nav > li.current-menu-item > a,
    .navbar .nav > li.current-menu-ancestor > a {
    display: inline;
    color: black;
    font-family: Helvetica;
    font-size: 1em;
    padding: 5px 20px;

    and nothing is happening. What am i doing wrong?

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    Skyler Camacho

    Hello, I am trying to change only one page title in the navigation menu…This is a lot more difficult to type what i’m trying to achieve than what is in my head. But I want just the “Order IKEA” menu tab’s text to be Bold…only that one…not the entire menu’s text. I thought I would be able to change some of the title attributes in the menu area and item in wp but I am uncertain of how to accomplish that. Any links to this or straight advice would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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    Dario Orlando Fernandez

    Hello. This is my first post and I’m both new to WP and Customizr so I still ignore too much. Please be kind and bear on that. I need to separate the options of a drop-down menu. Searched site but could find nothing on “menu separator”. .

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    Hi ,
    i tried to change the background of the menu following what was said in the discussion but it’s doesn’t work , can someone help me ? also how to align menu text center . Thank you .

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    Håkan Johansson

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you for some good advice. The snippet works fine, except that the menu icons that indicate a sub-menu (triangles to the right of the menu text) are not affected by the new colour. As I understand it those icons should come from the icon font included in the theme, probably by using pseudo-element ::after, and thus being editable. Here is my css:

    Where am I thinking wrong?

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