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How to Change the Default Text Selection Color in WordPress

Are you looking for a way to change the default text selection color in WordPress?

You can make your WordPress site stand out by paying attention to the small details, such as using a text selection color that matches your site’s design.

In this article, we will show you how to change the default text selection color in your WordPress theme.

How to change the default text selection color in WordPress

Why Change the Default Text Selection Color?

Colors are an important part of your brand, so it’s important to choose the perfect color scheme for your WordPress website. This can help your site stand out and make visitors stay on your site for longer.

In this way, your site’s color scheme may even increase your pageviews and reduce your bounce rates.

When it comes to design, it’s easy to forget about the text selection color. However, there’s no guarantee that your theme’s default text selection color will look good on your WordPress blog, fit your brand, or appeal to your target audience.

An example of the default text selection color in WordPress

With that being said, let’s see how you can change the default text selection color in WordPress. Simply use the links below to jump to the method you want to use:

Method 1: Using the WordPress Theme Settings (Easy)

Some WordPress themes allow you to change the default text selection color. To check whether this is the case for your theme, you need to go to Appearance » Customize.

Opening the WordPress theme customizer

Here, look for any settings labeled ‘Colors’.

If you see a ‘General’, ‘Global’, or similar tab, then this often contains the theme’s color settings.

For example, if you are using the popular Astra WordPress theme, then you will need to select the ‘Global’ tab.

Changing the default text selection color using the theme settings

After that, click ‘Colors’ to see all the different colors that make up this responsive WordPress theme.

Next, you must click on ‘Accent’.

Changing the accent color in the WordPress theme settings

This opens a color picker where you can choose a new text selection color.

As you make changes, the live preview will update automatically. So, you can try different settings to see what looks the best for your WordPress website.

Changing the text selection color using the WordPress Theme Customizer

When you are happy with your changes, just click ‘Publish’ to make them live.

After that, you will see the new text selection color live on your WordPress blog or website.

Changing the text highlight color in WordPress

Even if you don’t see any color settings in the WordPress theme customizer, it’s still worth checking your theme’s documentation to see if there is a way to change the default text selection color.

You can even reach out to the theme’s developer for help. For more information, please see our guide on how to properly ask for WordPress support and get it.

Method 2: Using Code to Change Text Selection Color (Works With All Themes)

If you can’t see a way to change the text selection color in the theme customizer, then another option is to use CSS code.

Often you will find CSS code snippets in WordPress tutorials with instructions to add them into your theme’s functions.php file.

The biggest problem is that even a tiny mistake in the code snippet can completely break your WordPress site. Not to mention, you will lose all your custom code when you update the WordPress theme.

That’s where WPCode comes in.

WPCode - Best WordPress Code Snippets Plugin

This code snippets plugin makes it easy to add custom CSS, PHP, HTML, and more to WordPress without breaking your site or making it inaccessible.

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the free WPCode plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, head to Code Snippets » Add Snippet in your WordPress admin dashboard.

Changing the text selection color using WPCode

Here, simply hover your mouse over ‘Add Your Custom Code’.

When it appears, click on the ‘Use snippet’ button.

Adding custom code snippets to WordPress using WPCode

To start, type in a title for the custom code snippet. This can be anything that helps you identify the snippet in the WordPress dashboard.

After that, you need to open the ‘Code Type’ dropdown and select ‘CSS Snippet’.

Changing the WordPress text selection color using code

You can then add the following CSS into the Code Preview box:

::-moz-selection {
    background-color: #FFA500;
    color: #fff;
::selection {
    background-color: #FFA500;
    color: #fff;

Notice that we added two styles. The ::moz-selection CSS selector works with the Firefox browser and the ::selection CSS selector works with other popular browsers like Google Chrome, Safari, IE9+, and Opera.

In the above example, the # hex code will change the link color to orange, so you will need to change background-color: #FFA500 to the color you want to use for highlighted text.

Changing the WordPress text selection color using WPCode

If you are not sure what hex code to use, then you can explore different colors and get their codes on the HTML Color Codes website.

When you are happy with how your code looks, just click on the ‘Inactive’ toggle to show ‘Active’ instead.

Finally, click on ‘Save Snippet’ to make the CSS snippet live.

Publishing the text customization snippet

You can now visit your website to see the changes in action.

This is how it looked on our demo website.

An example of a custom text selection color, created using WPCode

We hope this tutorial helped you learn how to change the default text selection color in WordPress. You may also want to see how our guide on how to create a contact form in WordPress and check out our list of the best WordPress drag and drop page builder plugins.

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  2. Is there a way to change just my posts titles color without having to change the coding? I don’t understand anything about coding and don’t want to mess with that anyway.

  3. Thanks, it worked great for me in a Twenty Fourteen Child. Hopefully that is the last of the default green gone from template

  4. Hello there,

    I just copied your code in my Genesis eleven40 child theme but it is not working.

    Thank You

    • It should work just fine unless eleven40 has it’s own styles pre-defined. In which case you would need to override them by adding an !important value in yours.


      • Oh my gosh. I have been searching tirelessly all over the internet for the solution to this problem, but to no avail. But this response to Marvin’s question solved it! So simple. Thanks so much!!!!!

  5. Cool trick. I am working on a website in Genesis and like my tech support guy says, “it’s as easy as drinking a glass of water”


  6. This is one of those simple things that many people probably won’t notice, but it’s a nice “extra” to add to a website. I first saw it in HTML5 Boilerplate and use it frequently on sites that I build.

    • We saw this tutorial on Brian’s site. He suggests that combining them will not work (not sure which environment it was not working). But we’d stick with what we know works.


  7. genesis has a nice text selection color. your site’s is orange which is cool :)

    p.s. speaking about site appearances, got an upgrade too, he is also now using the genesis framework kudos to that!

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