jQuery Dropdown menu with google style (v2.1)


In this example, i will show you how to create a jquery dropdown menu with google style, it also can be use as a "fixed" menu.

The most important thing on this menus is the css file , we are going to use jquery just to make appear o disappear the secundary options but all the magic is arround the css.
We are going to imitate the google style, if you check the google code you can see too many divs UL li and span elements, the idea is do the same without the extra elements, so we are going to use a simple ul li list, and everything will be wrapped there.

The HTML code

As we said we start with the clasical structure.
we have ul elements, li elements and links, every li element could have an ul element inside, that means it has a sub menu
also there is an span element that its optional due we are going to put an arrow there.

    <div class="menu">
                <li><a href="#">More Examples</a>
                        <li><a href="http://www.ajaxshake.com/en/JS/1111/jquery.html">Plugins and jQuery Examples</a></li>
                        <li><a href="http://www.ajaxshake.com/en/JS/1121/prototype.html">Prototype Examples</a></li>
                        <li><a href="http://www.ajaxshake.com/en/JS/12111/mootools.html">Mootools Examples</a></li>
                        <li><a href="http://www.ajaxshake.com/en/JS/12421/pure-javascript.html">Javascript Examples</a></li>

The CSS code

This code is a little larger , but the idea is create an horizontal menu, so we added some float to keep the options in one line.
we also can add some hover effects to the links, the colors are the colors used by google on their main site.

      font: 13px/27px Arial,sans-serif;

      background: url(back.gif) repeat-x;
.menu a:hover{
.menu a {
    text-decoration: none;
    padding: 4px 8px 7px;
.menu ul{
    list-style: none;
    padding:0 0 0 10px;
.menu ul li{

.menu ul li ul li{
    margin: 0 0 0 0px;
.menu ul li ul{
    position: absolute;
    border: 1px solid #C3D1EC;
    box-shadow: 0 1px 5px #CCCCCC;
    margin-top: -1px;
    padding: 0px 16px 0px 0;
.active ul{
    display:block !important;
.active a{
    background-color: white;
    border: 1px solid #C3D1EC;
    border-bottom: 0;
    box-shadow: 0 -1px 5px #CCCCCC;
    display: block;
    height: 29px;
    padding: 0 8px 0 8px;
    z-index: 1;
.active a:hover{
.active ul a:hover{

.active ul a{
    border: 0 !important;
    box-shadow: 0 0 0 #CCCCCC;
    width: 100%;
.arrow {
    border-color: #3366CC transparent transparent;
    border-style: solid dashed dashed;
    margin-left: 5px;
    position: relative;
    top: 10px;

The javascript Code

In javascript we only add and remove the active class that shows the option selected by the user

        return this.each(function(){
            var menu= $(this);
            menu.find('ul li > a').bind('click',function(){
            if ($(this).parent().hasClass('active')){

V2.0 Includes

Close the menu when you click away

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