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38 jQuery And CSS Drop Down Multi Level Menu Solutions

Hello again, it’s time for the comprehensive programming article. Here you’ll find 38 mainly jQuery and CSS-based drop-down or just multi level menu tutorials with downloadable files and explanations as well. My favorite here is the first pick – Outside the box with a very unique navigation menu. It’s always good to have such reference articles in your bookmarks and when you have to create some really big website with a lot of content and menu sections – just return here. Shorten your developing process with already premade menus, which can be easily modified with a little touch of CSS.

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But well, also be aware when each code has been created, has it got some updates through time? In our development niche standards, technologies change so quickly that sometimes when you decide to use specific menu, it’s very hard to implement it and at the end, you’ll even may need to rewrite the code just because of incompatibility. So be cautious!

Here you’ll find mainly free solutions, but I would also suggest for some special occasions, quick projects to consider some of design/code marketplaces, where you can buy optimized,documented and update codes for really cheap prizes. I can assure the quality is high,otherwise marketplaces won’t get so popular…and my experiences are only positive and I really am ready to spend 5-10 for important code snippet, saving probably hours of my time. I myself have tried CodeCanyon and Mojo-Themes marketplaces, I am sure there are many more out there, but these two are definitely the ones I recommend.

At least I am doing my designing process like this –

  • 1st- I do simple browsing to find if there are appropriate codes, snippets,tools available for free (like this article for example).
  • 2nd- If after like a 5-min browsing I cannot find anything what suits to me, here is time for those marketplaces where usually I always find something good, and I can move forward.

What’s your experiences?

And why you are figuring answers – enjoy this quality article!

1. “Outside the Box” Navigation with jQuery

This tutorial will cover a few ways to do just that with OS X style docks and stacks navigation.


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2. Sexy Drop Down Menu w/ jQuery & CSS

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a sexy drop down menu that can also degrade gracefully.


3. Designing the Digg Header: How To & Download

Navigation is compacted with the use of simple drop-down menus.


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4. Create The Fanciest Dropdown Menu You Ever Saw


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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.CSS3 Mega Drop Down Menu

This Mega Drop Down Menu is perfect for creating unique menus easily. It’s CSS / XHTML only; there is absolutely NO javascript.The content can be organized in 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 columns based on the 960 grid system. This item comes with 9 color variants and a detailed documentation to help you start with your brand new menu.

CSS classes allow you to create lists, paragraphs with (or without) images, make your menu stick to the left or the right side, and create your own color schemes quickly. Go to original site to view video preview.

7. Perfect sign in dropdown box likes Twitter with jQuery

Nice tutorial showing you how to create a login drop down with Twitter style using jQuery.


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8. Sliding jQuery Menu Tutorial

This tutorial will 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


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10. Create Vimeo-like top navigation

I’ve featured this Janko’s tutorial some time ago, but sometimes I will repeat myself, since this article is completely dedicated to showcase advanced drop down menus. Very detailed and a well written tutorial, with drop-down search options narrowing and targeting search by checking options. Menu is done completely using just CSS, structure is visually describet in the image below:


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11. Dynamic PHP/CSS menu


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11.1 Uber Menu

UberMenu is a user-friendly, highly customizable, responsive Mega Menu WordPress plugin. It works out of the box with the WordPress 3 Menu System, making it simple to get started but powerful enough to create highly customized and creative mega menu configurations.

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


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13. Animated Drop Down Menu with jQuery


14. Drop Menu $5

With this script you can make nice and interactive drop down menus. The advantage of this script is that it not only gives you the ability to make list drop down menu. You can also use a div as drop down element. This way you can create big drop down menus like under the buttons products and tutorials in the preview or you can create a login panel in your drop down!

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15. Make a Mega Drop-Down Menu with jQuery

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16. A cross-browser drop-down cascading validating menu

Just simple CSS menu.


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17. Drop-Down Menus, Horizontal Style

Very old drop-down tutorial from year 2004, but if you are starting out – very useful tutorial and example.


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18. Superfish v1.4.8 – 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 more features.


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19. JavaScript Dropdown Menu with Multi Levels

This multi-level drop down menu script weighs in at only 1.2 KB. It features animation, active header persistence, easy implementation and multiple instance support.


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20. jQuery (mb)Menu 2.7

This is a powerful jQuery component to build easily a multilevel tree menu or a contextual menu (right click) in an intuitive way!


21. 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


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21.1 Responsive Menu

This Mega Drop Down Menu Complete Set is perfect for creating unique menus by using one of the 9 jQuery effects and one of the color schemes.

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22. Smooth Navigational Menu (v1.31)

Smooth Navigation Menu is a multi level, CSS list based menu powered using jQuery that makes website navigation a smooth affair.


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23. Super menu pack (10 menus) $4

Super menu pack is a collection of 10 cool menus, 5 in pure CSS and 5 using a jQuery framework for customize or layout with your websites or applications and projects.

It’s perfect for anyone who wants to give a special touch to their designs or find a starting point. I tried to create a collection as varied as possible in style and appearance to give a you choice. Thinking in design working with code.

All menus are easy to customize from CSS . In each file you will find detailed comments.

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


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25. jQuery & CSS Example – Dropdown Menu

This article is intended to describe an extremely basic, yet extremely powerful, technique for adding dropdown menus in your application user interface or website design.


26. Reinventing a Drop Down with CSS and jQuery


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27. Simple jQuery Dropdowns

Very stripped down code and minimal styling, yet still dropdown menu has all the functionality typically needed.


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28. Styling Drop Down Boxes with jQuery

One problem with HTML forms is it is hard to style the elements to fit into your design. The tutorial will show you how to style the hardest of them all, the select box.


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29. jQuery iPod-style Drilldown Menu


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

Newer version of previous iPod style menu.


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31. mcDropdown jQuery Plug-in v1.2.07


32. CSS Ultimate Menus $2

These Menus feature 3 different dropdown styles, product view, multi-column view and single column view, it has different classes for different levels and could support endless dropdowns. This files does support multiple browsers and includes a PSD for user customization.

31.1 Titan Menu

A fresh and powerful menu solution it is easy to customise, 11 fresh styles, 6000+ Icons you can use perfect for your main navigation to make it looks good and very appealing.

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32. 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.


33. Cut & Paste jQuery Mega Menu

Mega menus refer to the 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 revealed using a sleek expanding animation. Customize the animation duration plus delay before the menu disappears when the mouse rolls out of the anchor. Mega cool!


34. Professional dropdown #2


35. Drop down menu with nested submenus

Create your own drop down menu with nested submenus using CSS and a little javascript.


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36. jdMenu Hierarchical Menu Plugin

The jdMenu plugin for jQuery provides a clean, simple and elegant solution for creating hierarchical drop down menus for websites to web applications.


37. Dynamic Drive – Multiple Level Menus

A lot of free advanced CSS and Javascript drop down menus are available here. There are also instructions and advices how do use and modify them.


38. IzzyMenu – Menu Builder – Build your pro CSS/DHTML Menu

Choose from dozens of ready styles or create your own menu style. They are low in file size, so won’t consume a lot of bandwidth from your hosting. IzzyMenu, online menu generator, is the best solution for amateurs and professionals!


39. A Different Top Navigation

In this tutorial, you 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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40. jQuery UI Potato Menu


41. jQuery File Tree

jQuery File Tree is a configurable, AJAX file browser plugin for jQuery. You can create a customized, fully-interactive file tree with as little as one line of JavaScript code.


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