How to hide/disable EDIT & DELETE links in menu-customize form.


I think that those links bring more potential problems than benefits. It would be great if anyone knew how to disable them per role but a global disable is fine too. I'm using Drupal 6.

p.s. I still want user to have permission to rearrange menu items ordering.

Thanks for the help.

  • You could hide these links using css formatting.
    – LLub
    Oct 14, 2011 at 11:32
  • Thanks for reply. Currently they do not have any class/id i can grab on to. Maybe if i override function that generate output i'll be able to add extra classes. Do you have hint how to do that?
    – Nebojsa
    Oct 14, 2011 at 11:51
  • Do you want them disabled for all menus or just primary links?
    – Laxman13
    Oct 14, 2011 at 12:56
  • Just primary-links.
    – Nebojsa
    Oct 14, 2011 at 13:18

1 Answer 1


You can create a small custom module and implement hook_form_FORM_ID_alter(). Below is a quick example for Drupal 6:

.module file

 * Implementation of hook_form_FORM_ID_alter()
function YOURMODULE_form_menu_overview_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state) {
  GLOBAL $user;

  // Check if user has a certain role or not and menu is primary links
  // Change ROLEID to the role id you want operations hidden from
  if (!array_key_exists(ROLEID, $user->roles) && arg(3) == 'primary-links') {

    // Hide edit/delete menu operations
    foreach ($form as $key => $ele) {
      if (substr($key, 0, 5) == 'mlid:') {


Change YOURMODULE to the name of the module you are creating. For assistance creating custom modules, see the Module developer's guide.

To work in Drupal 7, I believe all you would need to do is change arg(3) to arg(4) due to the path changes.

  • Great stuff! Thanks! It, seams that third argument "$form_id" should be left out.
    – Nebojsa
    Oct 14, 2011 at 15:06
  • Also, it seams that in condition "!" is not needed.
    – Nebojsa
    Oct 14, 2011 at 15:14
  • Ah good catche, changed from hook_form_alter to hook_form_FORM_ID_alter, forgot to remove the $form_id. The "!" I used in testing on my own site. It just depends if you want to check if a user has a role or doesn't have a role. If only giving permission to see these links to one or two roles, would be easier to use ! instead of repeating array_key_exists() for each role you want them hidden from
    – Laxman13
    Oct 14, 2011 at 15:26
  • 1
    Thanks a lot. The $key => $ele and then the $form[$key] was a savior. I was trying to directly alter $ele without any luck.
    – cherouvim
    Jul 19, 2012 at 12:26

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