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Drop-down list

A drop-down list or dropdown menu or drop menu, with generic entries

A drop-down menu (also drop down menu or drop down list or drop menu or pull-down list) is a graphical control element, similar to a list box, that allows the user to choose one value from a list. When a drop-down list is inactive, it displays a single value. When activated, it displays (drops down) a list of values, from which the user may select one. When the user selects a new value, the control reverts to its inactive state, displaying the selected value. It is often used in the design of graphical user interfaces, including web design.


  • Terminology 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


This type of control is called a "Pop-up menu" on the Macintosh platform,[1] however the term "popup menu" is used to refer to context menus in other GUI systems. The Macintosh also has the notion of "pull-down menus". The distinction is that, when the menu is closed, a pop-up menu's title shows the last-selected item while a pull-down menu shows a static title like a menu in the menu bar. Thus, the uses are different — popup menus are used to select a single option from a list while pull-down menus are used to issue commands or in cases where multiple options can be selected.

See also


  1. ^ "Managing Pop-Up Buttons and Pull-Down Lists". Application Menu and Pop-up List Programming Topics. Mac Development Library. June 26, 2007. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 

External links

  • Drop Down Menu Generator
  • CSS MenuMaker
  • Drop Down Menu Builder
  • UvumiTools Dropdown Menu
  • CSS3 Menu
  • Drop Down Flash Menu
  • Create a Drop Down List in Excel
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