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32 jQuery and CSS Drop Down Menu Examples and Tutorial

Beautiful and professional drop down menus remain hot choice for the develops, blogger, web designers and programmers. So today, i am going to concentrate on perfect and comprehensive programming article about jQuery and CSS based drop down menus. This post is for you, if you are interested to to build jQuery and CSS based simple or multi-level drop down menu by these professional and perfect tutorials.

1. “Outside the Box” Navigation with jQuery

Just about every website uses the regular navigation concepts we’re all used to. After awhile this can get pretty boring, especially for designers who thrive on creativity.

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2. Sexy Drop Down Menu w/ jQuery & CSS

In this tutorial I would like to go over how to create a sexy drop down menu that can also degrade gracefully.

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3. Designing the Digg Header: How To & Download

The design of Digg is full of smart ideas. The site identity is strong but doesn’t take up too much valuable vertical space. Navigation is compacted with the use of simple drop-down menus. Important things like subscribing, searching and account information are right up top where you would expect them to be. It’s fluid width, but it doesn’t shrink too far or grow too big.

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4. Create The Fanciest Dropdown Menu You Ever Saw

Recently he has changed his website design and the layout, but this tutorial is sweet, and one amazing navigation! Here is a bit about Brian

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5. A Circular Menu with Sub Menus

A follow on from the simple single level circular menu, this one adds a sub menu level of smaller icons in a circular pattern within the top level circle. There is also the facility to add a simple description of each icon.

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6. A Different Top Navigation

In this tutorial, we will be doing precisely that. We will use jQuery to create a different multi-layered horizontal navigation system that is still intuitive enough for anyone to use for the first time.

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7. Perfect Signin Dropdown Box Likes Twitter with jQuery

Twitter’s running a new homepage with clean and easy design. Look at the top right of Twitter’s homepage, you’ll see the sign in button which will drop down the login form. Today, I will make an entry to show you how to create a login drop down with Twitter style using jQuery.

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8. Sliding Jquery Menu Tutorial

Hi there welcome to another tutorial, in this tutorial il show you how to create a sliding menu button using jquery. You can see the effect in action over on the PSDtuts webpage in the top right hand corner.

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9. Fancy Sliding Menu for Mootools

Due to the popularity of the script.aculo.us version of the Fancy Sliding Menu I decided a Mootools version was now in order. It looks exactly the same as the the script.aculo.us, it works exactly the same as the script.aculo.us version, the only difference is it runs on Mootools.

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10. Create Vimeo Like Top Navigation

The base for this tutorial is simple CSS drop down menu based on unordered list.

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11. Dynamic PHP CSS Menu

PHP menu that will allow me to play with lots of options and situations. My application required some special code because it’s based on member groups and so, my menu was supposed to reflect the permissions attached to each group in part.

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12. Creating an Outlook Navigation Bar using the ListView and Accordion Controls

One of the designers on our UI team requested a screen mockup with a page layout that is similar to your typical email client. The page is divided vertically into 2 panes. The left pane contains a 2 level hierarchy of categories and subcategories. As the user selects different subcategories the designer wants the right pane’s content to be updated with the corresponding information. Just like Outlook, the designer wants the subcategories to be displayed within expanding and collapsing panels.

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13. Animated Drop Down Menu with jQuery

Drop down menus are a really convient way to fit a large menu into a really small initial space. For a long time people have just used a form element for standard drop downs, but with minimal effort you can create a much slicker effect using jQuery and CSS.

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14. Make a Mega Drop-Down Menu with jQuery

Given that regular drop-down menus are rife with usability problems, it takes a lot for me to recommend a new form of drop-down. But, as our testing videos show, mega drop-downs overcome the downsides of regular drop-downs. Thus, I can recommend one while warning against the other.

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15. A Cross-Browser Drop Down Cascading Validating Menu

If you love this you will be over the moon about the Mk.3 version.

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16. Drop-Down Menus, Horizontal Style

Anyone who has created drop-down menus will be familiar with the large quantities of scripting such menus typically require. But, using structured HTML and simple CSS, it is possible to create visually appealing drop-downs that are easy to edit and update, and that work across a multitude of browsers, including Internet Explorer.

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17. Superfish jQuery menu plugin by Joel Birch

Superfish is an enhanced Suckerfish-style menu jQuery plugin that takes an existing pure CSS drop-down menu (so it degrades gracefully without JavaScript) and adds the following much-sought-after enhancements:

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18. JavaScript Dropdown Menu with Multi Levels

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19. jQuery (mb) Menu 2.7

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20. Menumatic

MenuMatic is a MooTools 1.2 class that takes a sematic ordered or unordered list of links and turns it into a dynamic drop down menu system. For users without javascript, it falls back on a CSS menu system based on Matthew Carroll’s keyboard accessible flavor of Suckerfish Dropdowns by Patrick Griffiths and Dan Webb.

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21. Smooth Navigational Menu

Smooth Navigation Menu is a multi level, CSS list based menu powered using jQuery that makes website navigation a smooth affair. And that’s a good thing given the important role of this element in any site. The menu’s contents can either be from direct markup on the page, or an external file and fetched via Ajax instead. And thanks to jQuery, a configurable, sleek “slide plus fade in” transition is applied during the unveiling of the sub menus. The menu supports both the horizontal and vertical (sidebar) orientation.

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22. Longed-For Multi-Level Drop-Down Menu Script

The main feature of this menu is the clear separation between the HTML code, software code and visual appearance. No more onmouseover or onmouseout or, worse, multidimensional array of elements in a .js file. The HTML code of the menu is a simple treelike unordered list:

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23. jQuery & CSS Example – Dropdown Menu

Dropdown menus and menu bars have been heavily used since the early days of graphical user interfaces. Their use has become ubiquitous, and even expected, in desktop applications, and the web has quickly followed suit.

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24. Reinventing a Drop Down with CSS and jQuery

For me, standard HTML Select element is pretty much annoying. It’s ugly. It can’t be styled properly in Internet Explorer. And it can’t contain nothing but simple text. That is the reason why I needed to reinvent Drop Down element. This tutorial shows how to do that (easily, believe it or not).

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25. Simple jQuery Dropdowns

There are lots of dropdown menus already out there. I’m not really trying to reinvent the wheel here, but I wanted to try to do something slightly different by making them as dead simple as possible. Very stripped down code and minimal styling, yet still have all the functionality typically needed.

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26. jQuery iPod-style Drilldown Menu

We created an iPod-style drilldown menu to help users traverse hierarchical data quickly and with control. It’s especially helpful when organizing large data structures that don’t translate well into traditional dropdown or fly-out menus.

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27. jQuery Menu: Dropdown, iPod Drilldown, and Flyout styles with ARIA Support and ThemeRoller Ready

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28. mcDropdown jQuery Plug-in

While the list of requirements was not long, we knew there would be substantial technical obstacles to overcome. The biggest obstacle to solve would be how to ensure that the menu and all of its submenus remain on the screen at all times.

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29. jQuery Drop Line Tabs

This menu turns a nested UL list into a horizontal drop line tabs menu. The top level tabs are rounded on each side thanks to the use of two transparent background images, while the sub ULs each appear as a single row of links that drop down when the mouse rolls over its parent LI. The menu also manages to sneak in a little CSS3, making use of the “border-radius” property to give each link within the sub ULs rounded edges when the mouse hovers over them..

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30. Cut & Paste jQuery Mega Menu

Mega Menus refer to drop down menus that contain multiple columns of links. This jQuery script lets you add a mega menu to any anchor link on your page, with each menu revealed using a sleek expanding animation. Customize the animation duration plus delay before menu disappears when the mouse rolls out of the anchor. Mega cool!

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31. Professional Dropdown

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32. Drop Down Menu with Nested Submenus

Drop down menus are among the coolest things on the web. Beside that they are also very good for creating navigations that contain many elements. The main problems of creating drop down menus lies in the Internet Explorer’s inappropriate way of displaying :hover pseudo class (not recognized anywhere except in A tag), and the problem in calculating the z-index when an element is positioned absolutely inside a relatively positioned element.

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  3. very use full tutorial. Thank you very much.

  4. I love jquery.Many of the menu template to my selection, thanks a lot

  5. Thanx for this usefull tutorial. I realy like it !

  6. Hi there, this is really good tutorial for drop down. thanks for sharing it.