Facebook Style CSS JQuery drop down menus

Now a days drop down menus are becoming more and more popular. They arebeing used in  most modern websites like facebook, gmail, gplus, orkut, gmail, yahoo…

There is no secret that they are using JQuery and HTML to implement the above feature.

Even you can do this by writing some very simple code.



Lets write our HTML code.

<div style="height:300px;">
            <div style="width:162px;">
                <dl style="">
                   <a class="" id="linkglobal"
                   style="cursor: pointer;"></a></dt>
                        <ul style="display: none;" id="ulglobal">
                            <li><a href="#">Everyone</a></li>
                            <li><a href="#">Friends</a></li>
                            <li><a href="#">Only Me</a></li>
                            <li><a href="#">Customize</a></li>

The next step is to add some CSS which will further stylize the menu
which is going to look just like facebook.

<style type="text/css">


        color: #333333;
        direction: ltr;
        "lucida grande",tahoma,verdana,arial,sans-serif;
        font-size: 11px;
        text-align: left;

/* Grey Small Dropdown */

/* General dropdown styles */
.dropdown dl{ margin-left:5px; }
.dropdown dd, .dropdown dt, .dropdown ul
{ margin:0px; padding:0px; }
.dropdown dd { position:relative; }

/* DT styles for sliding doors */
.dropdown dt a {background:#EEEEEE
url(privacyOff.png) no-repeat scroll right center;
    display:block; width:40px; height:22px; cursor:pointer;}

.dropdown dt a.selected{
    background:#EEEEEE url(privacyOn.png)
    no-repeat scroll right center;
.dropdown dt a span {
cursor:pointer; display:block; padding:5px;}

/* UL styles */
.dropdown dd ul {
background:#EEEEEE none repeat scroll 0 0; display:none;
    list-style:none; padding:3px 0; position:absolute;
    left:0px; width:160px; left:auto; right:0;
    border:1px solid #656565; cursor:pointer;
.dropdown dd ul li{
background-color:#EEEEEE; margin:0; width:160px;
.dropdown span.value { display:none;}
.dropdown dd ul li a {
display:block; font-weight:normal; width:137px;
text-align:left; overflow:hidden; padding:2px 4px 3px 19px;
color:#111111; text-decoration:none;
.dropdown dd ul li a:hover{
background:#656565; color:white; text-decoration:none;
.dropdown dd ul li a:visited{

Step-3 :

Now lets include the JQuery into our webpage and start writing the necessary JQuery function calls.

<script type="text/javascript" src="jquery.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
$(".dropdown dt a").click(function() {

// Change the behaviour of onclick states for links within the menu.
var toggleId = "#" + this.id.replace(/^link/,"ul");

// Hides all other menus depending on JQuery id assigned to them
$(".dropdown dd ul").not(toggleId).hide();

//Only toggles the menu we want since the menu could be showing and we want to hide it.

//Change the css class on the menu header to show the selected class.
if($(toggleId).css("display") == "none"){


$(".dropdown dd ul li a").click(function() {

// This is the default behaviour for all links within the menus
var text = $(this).html();
$(".dropdown dt a span").html(text);
$(".dropdown dd ul").hide();

$(document).bind('click', function(e) {

// Lets hide the menu when the page is clicked anywhere but the menu.
var $clicked = $(e.target);
if (! $clicked.parents().hasClass("dropdown")){
$(".dropdown dd ul").hide();
$(".dropdown dt a").removeClass("selected");

11 thoughts on “Facebook Style CSS JQuery drop down menus

  1. Hi, is it possible to make the whole item list float to right? When click on the #linkglobal, item will appear and float to right side which have same x pixels with the #linkglobal.

  2. Hi there! Do you know if they make any plugins to assist with SEO?
    I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good gains.
    If you know of any please share. Appreciate it!

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