selected( mixed $selected, mixed $current = true, bool $echo = true )

Outputs the html selected attribute.

Description Description

Compares the first two arguments and if identical marks as selected

Parameters Parameters


(mixed) (Required) One of the values to compare


(mixed) (Optional) (true) The other value to compare if not just true

Default value: true


(bool) (Optional) Whether to echo or just return the string

Default value: true

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Return Return

(string) html attribute or empty string

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Source Source

File: wp-includes/general-template.php

function selected( $selected, $current = true, $echo = true ) {
	return __checked_selected_helper( $selected, $current, $echo, 'selected' );

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Version Description
1.0.0 Introduced.

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    <!-- Testing the values with if() -->
    <select name="options[foo]">
    	<option value="1" <?php if ( $options['foo'] == 1 ) echo 'selected="selected"'; ?>>1</option>
    	<option value="2" <?php if ( $options['foo'] == 2 ) echo 'selected="selected"'; ?>>2</option>
    	<option value="3" <?php if ( $options['foo'] == 3 ) echo 'selected="selected"'; ?>>3</option>
    <!-- Using selected() instead -->
    <select name="options[foo]">
    	<option value="1" <?php selected( $options['foo'], 1 ); ?>>1</option>
    	<option value="2" <?php selected( $options['foo'], 2 ); ?>>2</option>
    	<option value="3" <?php selected( $options['foo'], 3 ); ?>>3</option>

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