We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

What are Drop Down Menus?

By Nychole Price
Updated: May 16, 2024

Drop down menus are lists of options that appear when a person selects an Internet icon with his mouse. It is referred to as a drop down menu because, when the item is selected, the list appears to drop down below the icon. Drop down menus are used in the creation of web pages, with Adobe® Fireworks® being one of the most user friendly programs in which to create drop down menus.

The first step in creating a drop down menu is to make an icon for a visitor to click on. The icon should be a header, for which the drop down menu will provide sub-headings. For example, you can make an icon that says "Beverages" and the drop down menu will have choices such as "Soda," "Tea," and "Milk."

In Adobe® Fireworks®, select the option of "Edit/Insert/Slice." When the fluorescent green slice is visible, right mouse click on it and select "Add Pop-up Menu." Type the first item you want to appear on the drop down menu in the text box. Click the plus sign to add additional items.

The drop down menus can be customized to match the theme of the web page. To change the cell color and font style and size click on the tab title "Appearance." Here you can also select whether you want the drop down menu to appear portrait or landscape to the web page. Select the "Advanced" icon to choose a pattern or shadow for the drop down menus.

Position the drop down menu as you want it to appear by clicking on the "Next" button and selecting the "Position" tab. When you are finished, select the tab titled "Done." Select "File" and "Preview" to see how your web page will appear with the drop down menus, you just created, now in place. Hover your mouse over the icon to see the drop down menu in action.

Save the drop down menus you created by selecting "File/Export." Select a folder to save your file. Open up the file to find the code for the drop down menus. Go to your web page and enter the code.

Drop down menus can be created in other programs, though they may not be as user-friendly. Programs such as DreamWeaver® require a higher level of technological ability that the average user may not possess. Drop down menus add a lot to the appearance of a web page and make it easier for the visitor to navigate. Learning how to create drop down menus will be well worth your time.

EasyTechJunkie is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
EasyTechJunkie, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

EasyTechJunkie, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.