I have a menu as such:

  • Home
  • Performances
  • News
  • Learning
  • ...

I have a content type called 'Event' and when viewing a node of the event type I want to set the 'Performances' menu item as active. How would I go about doing this?

menu_set_active_trail() doesn't seem to work :s

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If you're using Drupal 7.9 or later you can use the menu_tree_set_path() function, e.g.

menu_tree_set_path('main-menu', 'performances');
  • I tried using this in template_preprocess_html() however this seems to be called too late to have any effect. Placing it in hook_init() did work, however is this the most appropriate place to put this logic?
    – Felix Eve
    Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 22:51
  • 1
    hook_init() doesn't fire for cached pages so YMMV there...better to do it in the context to which it belongs (in my opinion). So if 'performances' is a view, put it in a views hook, if it's a node a node view hook/preprocess, and so on
    – Clive
    Commented Jun 3, 2014 at 18:20
  • hook_node_view() is working great for me for my setup.
    – Felix Eve
    Commented Jun 3, 2014 at 22:57
  • template_preprocess_page() works fine for me.
    – user34185
    Commented Apr 28, 2015 at 12:51

Menu Position should do what you need (Drupal 7), it's fairly broad and contextual in scope. Once installed, go to /admin/structure/menu-position and add a new Menu Position rule. You will see there are all kinds of contexts, then theme away with Firebug and CSS (or you may not even need to depending on how your menus are already set up for active items / trails).

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