Published on Oct 1, 2019

How to change Screen Reader Text in WordPress Search Form

Sridhar Katakam

HTML5 output of search form in WordPress has Search for: screen reader text.

<label class="screen-reader-text" for="s">Search for:</label>

If you want to change this text, add the following as a Code Snippet or in theme’s functions.php/functionality plugin’s main php file:

add_filter( 'gettext_with_context', 'wpdd_change_search_screen_reader_text', 10, 4 );
* Change screen reader text in search form.
* @param  string $translated Translated text
* @param  string $text       Text to translate
* @param  string $context    Context information for the translators
* @param  string $domain     Domain to retrieve the translated text
* @return string             Modified translated text
* @link
function wpdd_change_search_screen_reader_text( $translated, $text, $context, $domain ) {
if ( 'Search for:' === $text && 'label' === $context ) {
$translated = __( 'Do a search for:', 'text_domain' );
return $translated;

Change Do a search for: in the above to your desired replacement text.