Horizontal Drop Down Menu in Blogger

Here is a fairly easy tutorial for installing a drop down navigation bar into your Blogger Blog. (Like the dark brown one in my header section)

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STEP 1: In Blogger, go to your “Layout” and “Page Elements” section.

  • Click on the “Add a Gadget” link just under your header image: (Note: If you are just starting your blog, the “Minima Lefty” template is a good one to start with. It’s simple and you can customize it as you go.)
  • From the Gadget’s List, select “HTML/Javascript” option.

STEP 2: Simply copy and paste this ENTIRE code into your widget. Note: Leave the “Title” section of this widget blank.

<style type=”text/css”>
/* style the outer div to give it width */
.menu {
width:1000px;
font-size:14px;
padding-bottom:40px;
}
/* remove all the bullets, borders and padding from the default list styling */
.menu ul {
padding:0;
margin:0;
list-style-type:none;
font: 14px Tahoma, Arial;
}
.menu ul ul {
/* width:124px; */
border:1px solid #fff;
border-width:0px 0px 1px 0px;
}
/* float the list to make it horizontal and a relative positon so that you can control the dropdown menu positon */
.menu li {
float:left;
width:125px;
position:relative;
border-width:0px 0px 1px 0px;
}
/* style the links for the top level */
.menu a, .menu a:visited {
display:block;
font-size:14px;
color: #ffffff;
text-decoration:none;
width:125px;
height:30px;
border:1px solid #fff;
border-width:0px 0px 0px 0;
background-color: #45240e; /*DkBrown*/
padding-left:1px;
line-height:29px;
}
/* a hack so that IE5.5 faulty box model is corrected */
* html .menu a, * html .menu a:visited {
width:125px;
w\idth:125px;
}
/* style the second level background */
.menu ul ul a.drop, .menu ul ul a.drop:visited {
background: #fecebe; /*LIGHT-PINK*/
border:1px solid #fff;
border-width:0px 0px 1px 0px;
color: #45240e;
}
/* style the second level hover */
.menu ul ul a.drop:hover{
background:#e36c6c; /*DK-PINK*/
border:1px solid #fff;
border-width:0px 0px 1px 0px;
color:#ffffff;
}
.menu ul ul :hover > a.drop {
background: #fecebe; /*LIGHT-PINK*/
border:1px solid #fff;
border-width:0px 0px 1px 0px;
color:#45240e; /*DkBrown*/
}
/* style the third level background */
.menu ul ul ul a, .menu ul ul ul a:visited {
background: #fecebe; /*LIGHT-PINK*/
color:#45240e; /*DkBrown*/
border:1px solid #fff;
border-width:0px 0px 1px 0px;
}
/* style the third level hover */
.menu ul ul ul a:hover {
background:#e36c6c; /*DK-PINK*/
border:1px solid #fff;
border-width:0px 0px 1px 0px;
}
.menu ul ul ul :hover > a {
background:#e36c6c; /*DK-PINK*/
border:1px solid #fff;
border-width:0px 0px 1px 0px;
}
/* hide the sub levels and give them a positon absolute so that they take up no room */
.menu ul ul {
visibility:hidden;
position:absolute;
height:0;
top:31px;
left:0;
width:125px;
}
/* another hack for IE5.5 */
* html .menu ul ul {
top:30px;
t\op:31px;
}
/* position the third level flyout menu */
.menu ul ul ul{
left:126px;
top:0;
width:125px;
}
/* position the third level flyout menu for a left flyout */
.menu ul ul ul.left {
left:-150px;
}
/* style the table so that it takes no part in the layout – required for IE to work */
.menu table {position:absolute; top:0; left:0;}
/* style the second level links */
.menu ul ul a, .menu ul ul a:visited {
background: #fecebe; /*LIGHT-PINK*/
color:#45240e; /*Dk-BROWN*/
height:auto;
line-height:1em;
padding:5px 0px;
width:125px;
border:1px solid #fff;
border-width:0px 0px 1px 0px;
/* yet another hack for IE5.5 */
}
* html .menu ul ul a{
width:124px;
w\idth:124px;
}
/* style the top level hover */
.menu a:hover, .menu ul ul a:hover{
color:#ffffff;
background:#e36c6c; /*DK-PINK*/
border:1px solid #fff;
border-width:0px 0px 1px 0px;
}
.menu :hover > a, .menu ul ul :hover > a {
color:#ffffff;
background:#e36c6c; /*DK-PINK*/
border:1px solid #fff;
border-width:0px 0px 1px 0px;
}
/* make the second level visible when hover on first level list OR link */
.menu ul :hover ul {
visibility:visible;
}
/* keep the third level hidden when you hover on first level list OR link */
.menu ul :hover ul ul{
visibility:hidden;
}
/* keep the fourth level hidden when you hover on second level list OR link */
.menu ul :hover ul :hover ul ul{
visibility:hidden;
}
/* keep the fourth level hidden when you hover on second level list OR link */
.menu ul :hover ul :hover ul :hover ul ul{
visibility:hidden;
}
/* make the third level visible when you hover over second level list OR link */
.menu ul :hover ul :hover ul{
visibility:visible;
}
/* make the fourth level visible when you hover over third level list OR link */
.menu ul :hover ul :hover ul :hover ul {
visibility:visible;
}
/* make the fourth level visible when you hover over third level list OR link */
.menu ul :hover ul :hover ul :hover ul :hover ul {
visibility:visible;
}
</style>
<div>
<ul>
<li><a style=”color: #ffffff;” href=”http://YOUR URL HERE.com”>Tab 1 Title Here</a>
<ul>
<li><a href=”http://YOUR URL HERE.com”>Sub Tab 1.A</a></li>

<li><a href=”http://YOUR URL HERE.com”>Sub Tab 1.B</a></li>

<li><a href=”http://YOUR URL HERE.com”>Sub Tab 1.C</a></li>
</ul>
</li>

<li><a style=”color: #ffffff;” href=”http://YOUR URL HERE.com”>Tab 2 Title Here</a>
<ul>
<li><a href=”http://YOUR URL HERE.com”>Sub Tab 2.A</a></li>

<li><a href=”http://YOUR URL HERE.com”>Sub Tab 2.B</a></li>

<li><a href=”http://YOUR URL HERE.com”>Sub Tab 2.C</a></li>
</ul>
</li>

<li><a style=”color: #ffffff;” href=”http://YOUR URL HERE.com”>Tab 3 Title Here</a>
<ul>
<li><a href=”http://YOUR URL HERE.com”>Sub Tab 3.A</a></li>

<li><a href=”http://YOUR URL HERE.com”>Sub Tab 3.B</a></li>

<li><a href=”http://YOUR URL HERE.com”>Sub Tab 3.C</a></li>
</ul>
</li>
</ul>
</div>

STEP 3: Customize your main tabs by changing the Tab Titles to whatever you want. Include a URL for each one if you want it to be ‘clickable’. If not, you can just put a # sign where it says http://URL HERE.

  • You can add or delete as many of the MAIN tabs as you need, just make sure to copy the entire code for the main tab for each additional tab you want:

<li><a href=”http://YOUR URL HERE.com”>Tab 3 Title Here</a>
<ul><li><a href=”http://YOUR URL HERE.com”>Sub Tab 3.A</a></li>

<li><a href=”http://YOUR URL HERE.com”>Sub Tab 3.B</a></li>

<li><a href=”http://YOUR URL HERE.com”>Sub Tab 3.C</a></li>
</ul>

</li>

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  • You can adjust the length of your buttons by adjusting padding as seen in red below. The padding pixels are read as follows: top, right, bottom, left.

#navbar li a {
display: block;
padding: 4px 9px 4px 9px;
background-color: #43291a; /*TAN936f47*/
text-decoration: none;
border-right: 1px solid white;
color: #EAFFED; }

  • You can also change the margins to move the navbar as seen in red below. The last number in the margin is the LEFT margin. The margin pixels are read as follows: top, right, bottom, left. A negative number will move your item to the left, a positive number will move it to the right:

#navbar {
background-position: center;
margin:5px 5px 5px 300px;
padding: 0;
width:1000px; }

STEP 4: Customize your sub tabs by changing the Green Titlesto whatever you want. Include the URL for each one as well if you want it to be ‘clickable’.

  • You can add or delete as many tabs as you need, just make sure to copy the entire code for the Sub-tabs section:

    <li><a href=”http://YOUR URL HERE.com”>Sub Tab 3.A</a></li>

STEP 5: Customize the colors of your tabs to match your site. Here are some online color sites to help you out! I also commented my colors to help guide you.

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BUTTON: To Change the background color of your buttons find the ‘background-color’ section of the code

FONT: To Change the font color find the ‘color’ section both are highlighted in the code below. You can change the colors of each section if you like, or use the same colors for each section. Just mess around with it and have fun! If you don’t know HTML well, you may have to experiment with changing colors until you get the right one. The code below is just an example of one of the sections:

#navbar li a {
display: block;
padding: 4px 9px;
background-color: #43291a; /*Dk Brown Tab Background*/
text-decoration: none;
border-right: 1px solid white;
color: #EAFFED; }

STEP 6: Add your URLs : To get the url code for your tabs, visit the page you want, then simply copy and paste the URL from the Address Bar in your browser. You can also ‘search’ your blog and use that url as well to include several posts. It will look something like this:

http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/category/homeschool/lapbooks

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STEP 7: Give yourself a big bloggy High Five for being AWESOME!

TROUBLE SHOOTING: If your navigation bar shows up BEHIND your posts so you can’t click on the drop down lists, visit Mama Jenn’s Blog for a Fix!

Happy Blogging!

72 Comments

  • Laura March 31, 2010 at 2:38 am

    This is sooo helpful! another question though….where do you get/how do you find the individual URL's you want your tabs to go to?thanks!

    Reply
  • Jackie March 31, 2010 at 4:49 am

    This looks great. I appreciate all of your helpful tips. I love to fiddle with my blog and try new things. I am still not having any success with the tabbed widget, but now I am wondering if it has something to do with the template I am using. Maybe I should start all over now that I found out about blogger in draft. Always something to learn about this hobby of mine. This hobby can take a quite a bit of time, but I like it. 🙂 Thanks again.

    Reply
  • Annette W. March 31, 2010 at 6:17 am

    WOW! THANK YOU! Now I just need an hour or two to play!

    Reply
  • Cheryl March 31, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Ha ha. I'm with Annette on this one!

    Reply
  • Di March 31, 2010 at 7:02 am

    You Rock Erica! Thanks! I have ONE QUESTION…. My bar is over too far to the right. How do I move it over? I pasted the code from yours? HELP! What line to I tell to move over?

    Reply
  • Raising a Happy Child March 31, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Erica,This is THE BEST tutorial I've seen for people who are not HTML pros. You are fantastic in everything you do. Thank you!

    Reply
  • Heather March 31, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I have the same question as Di.. my bar is too far to the left. I know that it's floated to the left, but as far as I know you can't "float center"… so how can I get it in the middle without adding more (unnecessary) tabs?Thank you SOO much for posting these tips. I've been waiting for this one because I've been wanting to be able to do this for MONTHS (maybe longer 😉

    Reply
  • Shannon April 1, 2010 at 5:01 am

    Thanks so much for posting this! I was one of the people that had emailed you about how to do this feature! =) I have recently went to WordPress though, but I'll know how to do it if I ever return to Blogger! Thanks again!

    Reply
  • Holly A. April 1, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Thanks Erica! It worked like a charm and looks fantastic!

    Reply
  • Kara April 2, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to write this out and share it! I know what I'll be playing around with next nap time ;-)Best wishes!

    Reply
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