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. There are lots of dropdown menus already out there. Here you’ll find 25 sexy jQuery and CSS based drop-down or just multi level menu tutorials with down loadable files and explanations as well.
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a sexy drop down menu that can also degrade gracefully.
Sexy Drop Down Menu w/jQuery & CSS
Very stripped down code and minimal styling, yet still dropdown menu has all the functionality typically needed.
Simple jQuery Dropdowns
The Fanciest Dropdown Menu
They 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.
A Different Top Navigation Menu
The jdMenu plugin for jQuery provides a clean, simple and elegant solution for creating hierarchical drop down menus for websites to web applications
jdMenu Hierarchical Menu Plugin
This menu also styles the path taken through the menu so that it works in IE5.x and IE6 as well as IE7 and all other browsers. This is a little long winded but necessary as IE5.5 and IE6 do not understand the child selector.
Professional dropdown #2
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.
Designing the Digg Header
What I like the most is the menu that drops down when you hover search box. It offers you different search options that you can choose and narrow your search.
Create Vimeo-like top navigation
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!
Cut & Paste jQuery Mega Menu
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.
Animated Drop Down Menu with jQuery
To overcome this obstacle, we spent a lot of time developing code that would automatically split long lists into multiple columns and then position itself so that it always fits within the viewport. The overall effect is somewhat similar to the Microsoft® Windows® "Start > All Programs" menu. However, the algorithm we use should keep the menus laid out in a more compact layout—which we believe offers quicker selection of the menu items. The screenshot below shows what the menu looks like when used with a very large menu.
mcDropdown jQuery Plugin
12. jQuery Menu: Dropdown, iPod Drilldown, and Flyout styles with ARIA Support and ThemeRoller Ready
The entire menu sits within a fixed-size area, and when a node is selected, by default a "Back" link appears below the menu to allow navigation to previous (parent) menus, or set options to show breadcrumb links above the menu options to both deliver feedback and allow quick access to nodes higher up in the hierarchy. A lateral iPod-style slide transition reinforces the notion that you're moving forward into more granular data, or backward into higher-level data. This menu is specifically useful in traversing deeply nested hierarchies, particularly those more than three levels deep. It also provides a more usable alternative to multi-level fly-out menus, which can present challenges to those with limited manual dexterity.
jQuery Menu - Dropdown, iPod Drilldown, and Flyout styles
Drop down menu with nested submenus
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..
jQuery Drop Line Tabs
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.
jQuery Drop Down Boxes
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).
Reinventing a Drop Down with CSS and jQuery
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.
Sliding Menu Tutorial
The Accordion is a web control that allows you to provide multiple panes and display them one at a time. It is like having several CollapsiblePanels where only one can be expanded at a time. The Accordion is implemented as a web control that contains AccordionPane web controls.
Outlook Navigation Bar using the ListView and Accordion Controls
This tutorial will explain how it works step by step and it’s good for learning jQuery how to do the toggle and tooltips. Enjoy it!
Perfect signin dropdown box likes Twitter with jQuery
jQuery UI Potato Menu
Superfish - jQuery menu plugin
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.
Smooth Navigation Menu
23. jQuery File Tree
jQuery File Tree
Make a Mega Drop-Down Menu with jQuery
This is a powerful jQuery component to build easily a multilevel tree menu or a contextual menu (right click) in an intuitive way!
You can add as many submenus as you want; if your submenu or menu is not declared in the page, the component’ll get it via ajax calling the template page with the id of the menu you need (the value of “menu” attribute) the ajax page should return a well formatted code as the example below for the menu voices code.