Multilevel Drop Down Navigation Menus: Examples and Tutorials

Navigation menus are the most important element one should pay attention when designing a website. Web-developers can create user-friendly horizontal or vertical navigation menus using CSS. Javascript makes it possible to create more interactive, more responsive and more flexible navigation to any website.

This article presents over 25 (horizontal and vertical) multilevel drop down menu built using Javascript and CSS which you can use in your future projects. Also you will find some useful tutorials at the end of this post where you can use to start building your own multilevel navigation menu.

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Horizontal and vertical drop down menus

1) Drop Down Tabs (5 styles)

Drop Down Tabs is a horizontal CSS tabs menu that supports a second level drop down menu for each of its tabs.

2) Professional Dropdown

3) Multi-level effect menu

Is a very configurable javascript/css hybrid dropdown menu that is capable of producing simple menus(both horizontal and vertical).

4) FastFind Menu

A jQuery nested menus, based on dynamic “AJAX” responses. The menu can also be dragged/dropped.

5) jQuery SuckerFish

Replicate Suckerfish Menus.

6) Fancy Sliding Tab Menu using

7) List Based Menu with Images

This is a menu based on an unordered list (<UL><LI>). It makes the menu easy to use and friendly to search engines.

8 ) Slide down menu

A slide menu based on an unordered list (<UL><LI>).

9) Dropdownmenu made with scriptaculous/prototype

A multi level drop down menu.

10) Suckerfish-style menu plugin for jQuery

This demonstrates a two-tiered horizontal menu that displays the path to the current page when the menu is in its idle state.

11) Building a dynamic drop down menu

12) onMenuOpen onMenuCollapse Events

This is a one-time effect that shows off the menu opening up and firing an event, and then finishing with another event.

13) Mootools menu with accordion and effects

This simple menu has a neat effect by hovering over the links, and opens a submenu with an accordion.

14) Mootools Unlimited Drop Menu

15) Creating an Outlook Navigation Bar

Using the ListView and Accordion Controls

16) Simple CSS vertical menu Digg-like

This tutorial explains how to implement a simple vertical menu digg-like using CSS and javascript to show/hide sub-menu.

17) Drop down menu with Prototype

A unique drop down navigation that recursively applies a function to an li that toggles the visibility of a nested ul element.

18) Drop down menu with nested submenus

Using CSS and a little JavaScript

19) Drop down menu with jquery

A drop down animated menu example made with jquery

20) jdMenu Hierarchical Menu

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

21) jQuery plugin: Treeview

Lightweight and flexible transformation of an unordered list into an expandable and collapsable tree, great for unobtrusive navigation enhancements.

22) Drop Down menu

23) Accessible fold-out menu

24) Accordion Menu script

This example illustrates how you would add a collapsible sub level.

25) Complex Dynamic Lists

Using an unordered list, to display a hierarchical structure of a complexity that would be very hard to achieve with dynamic select boxes.

26) Chrome CSS Drop Down Menu

Chrome Menu is a CSS and JavaScript hybrid drop down menu. It’s easy to configure and search engine friendly.

Drop Down Menu Tutorials

CSS Pop-Out Menu Tutorial

CSS Express Drop-Down Menus

CSS Express menus should only be used in a horizontal orientation with a single drop-down level.

Son of Suckerfish Dropdowns

An accessible, light weight (just 12 lines of JavaScript), with great compatibility and can have multiple-levels.

Drop Down Menu Generator


With an impressive Ajax interface, you can build your own CSS drop down DHTML sub-menu in minutes without writing a single line of code.

This article is originally published on Apr 17, 2008, and updated on Apr 21, 2022.

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