Add Drop Down Bar Navigation Menu For Blogger

In this post i have a very cool and in many ways unique type of Css drop down menu for Blogger.The regular drop down menu we are used to seeing will when a link is hovered over display more links vertically below.This menu however is known as a 'Drop Bar' as on hover it displays links horizontally in a bar below the menu.I had been looking for something like this and while i found some jQuery powered versions but i loved this as it only uses Css, so no scripts or added load time to your blog and easier to implement.Also the menu has a great fix for our old friend Internet Explorer which usually plays up when Css is used.I have tested it back to IE6 and it looks fine.Your probably still wondering how it displays the links horizontally instead of vertically so i have a screenshot and live demo you can check out below.


Add The Drop Down Bar Menu To Blogger
Step 1. In Your Blogger Dashboard Click Design > Edit Html 
Step 2. Find the following piece of code in your blogs Html : (Click Ctrl and F for a search bar to help find the code.
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Step 3. Copy and paste the following code Directly Above / before ]]></b:skin>

Note - This is a scroll box make sure to get all the code.

.nav {
height:35px;
background: url(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iYO_dq-SM3k/Ti1qX6kEh0I/AAAAAAAAE1g/riMnCYQz3_4/s1600/bg.gif) repeat-x;
position:relative;
font-family:arial, verdana, sans-serif;
font-size:11px;
width:100%;
z-index:100;
margin:0;
padding:0;
}


.nav .table {
display:table;
margin:0 auto;
}


.nav .select,
.nav .current {
margin:0;
padding:0;
list-style:none;
display:table-cell;
white-space:nowrap;
}


.nav li {
margin:0;
padding:0;
height:auto;
float:left;
}


.nav .select a {
display:block;
height:35px;
float:left;
font-weight:bold;
background: url(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iYO_dq-SM3k/Ti1qX6kEh0I/AAAAAAAAE1g/riMnCYQz3_4/s1600/bg.gif);
padding:0 30px 0 30px;
text-decoration:none;
line-height:35px;
white-space:nowrap;
color:#2b3238;
}




.nav .select a:hover,
.nav .select li:hover a {
background: url(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nVl9muJMq7Q/Ti1qYHKkioI/AAAAAAAAE1k/-xo6sTlGN-A/s1600/hover.gif);
padding:0 0 0 15px;
cursor:pointer;
color:#2b3238;
}


.nav .select a b{
font-weight:bold;
}


.nav .select a:hover b,
.nav .select li:hover a b {
display:block;
float:left;
padding:0 30px 0 15px;
background:url(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nVl9muJMq7Q/Ti1qYHKkioI/AAAAAAAAE1k/-xo6sTlGN-A/s1600/hover.gif) right top;
cursor:pointer;
}


.nav .select_sub {
display:none;
}


/* IE6 only */
.nav table {
border-collapse:collapse;
margin:-1px;
font-size:1em;
width:0;
height:0;
}


.nav .sub {
display:table;
margin:0 auto;
padding:0;
list-style:none;
}


.nav .sub_active .current_sub a,
.nav .sub_active a:hover {
background:transparent;
color:#2b3238;
}


.nav .select :hover .select_sub,
.nav .current .show {
display:block;
position:absolute;
width:100%;
top:35px;
background:url(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ha6EhdiZxBI/Ti1qXa6bmsI/AAAAAAAAE1c/A7NU-qQ_-Ls/s1600/back.gif);
padding:0;
z-index:100;
left:0;
text-align:center;
}


.nav .current .show {
z-index:10;
}


.nav .select :hover .sub li a,
.nav .current .show .sub li a {
display:block;
float:left;
background:transparent;
padding:0 10px 0 10px;
margin:0;
white-space:nowrap;
border:0;
color:#2b3238;
}


.nav .current .sub li.sub_show a {
color:#2b3238;
cursor:default;
}


.nav .select .sub li a {
font-weight:normal;
}


.nav .select :hover .sub li a:hover,
.nav .current .sub li a:hover {
visibility:visible;
color:#73a0d2;
}
<!--[if IE]>
.nav ul {display:inline-block;}
.nav ul {display:inline;}
.nav ul li {float:left;}
.nav {text-align:center;}
.nav .select a:hover b,
.nav .select li:hover a b {float:none;}
<![endif]-->

Step 4. Save your template.

That's the Css added next is to add the html for your menu.

Now go to your blogs Design Page, we will be adding the menu across your blog below the header.This area is called Cross Column and can be seen in the image below.

Add The Menu Html


In your blogs Design Page click Add A Gadget > Choose Html/Javascript > Copy and paste the following code into the Html/Javascript gadget :

<div class="nav">
<div class="table">


<ul class="select"><li><a href="#"><b>Sample</b></a></li></ul>


<ul class="select"><li><a href="#"><b>Sample Menu</b></a>
<div class="select_sub">
<ul class="sub">
<li><a href="#">Sample Menu</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Sample Menu</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Sample Menu</a></li>


<li><a href="#">Sample Menu</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Sample Menu</a></li>
</ul>
</div>
</li>
</ul>


<ul class="select"><li><a href="#"><b>Sample Menu</b></a>
<div class="select_sub">
<ul class="sub">


<li><a href="#">Sample Menu 2</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Sample Menu 2</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Sample Menu 2</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Sample Menu 2</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Sample Menu 2</a></li>
</ul>


</div>
</li>
</ul>




<ul class="select"><li><a href="#"><b>Sample Menu</b></a>
<div class="select_sub">
<ul class="sub">
<li><a href="#">Sample Menu 3</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Sample Menu 3</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Sample Menu 3</a></li>


<li><a href="#">Sample Menu 3</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Sample Menu 3</a></li>
</ul>
</div>
</li>
</ul>




<ul class="select"><li><a href="#"><b>Sample Menu</b></a>
<div class="select_sub">
<ul class="sub">


<li><a href="#">Sample Menu 4</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Sample Menu 4</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Sample Menu 4</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Sample Menu 4</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Sample Menu 4</a></li>
</ul>


</div>
</li>
</ul>


</div>
</div>

This is the code that makes up the menu in the demo above.Replace the hash tags (#) with your links and the text with your text.If you take a few minutes to reference the demo and the code you should see how it works.If you want to add more links you can do so in the same way, once again take a few minutes to look at the layout of the code and you will see how its done.

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