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A Navigation Tab Menu With jQuery and CSS

Posted by Sapna Articles | JQuery April 24, 2012
Websites are evolving into rich online applications and tabbed menus can be very powerful and useful for showing content to our visitors.
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Introduction

This article will show you how to create a navigation tab menu with MouseHover effect using jQuery step by step. We will create a horizontal menu with small icons that will appear when hovering. Also, we will make the menu item expand. I thought about labeling the menu items and making them more noticeable, so the user can always see what the navigation entails. Being in a horizontal position makes everything readable and when the user hovers over the label, the rest of the item with the icon will slide out, such as links or a search box. jQuery is a great tool that helps our imagination turn ideas into reality. We can do almost everything we can think of with the help of this useful tool.

Step 1: First we have to create a Web Application.

  • Go to Visual Studio 2010.
  • New--> And select the Web Application.
  • Give whatever name you want to.
  • Click OK.

Step 2: Secondly you have to add a new page to the website.

  • Go to the Solution Explorer.
  • Right-click on the project name.
  • Select add new item.
  • Add new web page and give it a name.
  • Click OK.

Step 3: Now add an image in the "Images" folder of the project.

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Step 4: Than add the style.css files to your Styles folder.

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Right-click on style.css files -> copy and paste it inside the <Head> section of your page. The reference looks like:

<link href="Styles/style.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />

Step 5: In this step add the CSS code inside the <style> tag and place it into the <head> section of your page.

<style type="text/css">

    body

    {

        background: #8B008B;

        font-family: Arial;

        height: 2000px;

    }

    .header

    {

        width: 600px;

        height: 56px;

        position: absolute;

        top: 50%;

        left: 10px;

        background: #fff ;

    }

   

    a.back

    {

        width: 256px;

        height: 73px;

        position: absolute;

        bottom: 15px;

        right: 15px;

        background: #fff;

    }

    a.dry

    {

        position: absolute;

        bottom: 15px;

        left: 15px;

        text-align: left;

        font-size: 12px;

        color: #ccc;

        text-transform: uppercase;

        text-decoration: none;

    }

</style>

Step 6: In this step we have to write the script reference to the aspx page; let us see from where you have to write the script code.

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Right-click on selected files respectively -> copy and paste it inside <Head> section of your page; see step 7.

Step 7: Let us see the script code which you have to add inside the <script></script> tags and that will be placed either in the <head> section or the <body> section as you prefer.
 

<script src="Scripts/jquery-1.4.1.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

<script src="Scripts/jquery-1.4.1.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>


Step 8:
In this step we have to write the JavaScript code  in the <body> tag of our page which is given below.

<script type="text/javascript">

        $(function () {

            var d = 300;

            $('#navigation a').each(function () {

                $(this).stop().animate({

                    'marginTop': '-80px'

                }, d += 150);

            });

 

            $('#navigation > li').hover(

                function () {

                    $('a', $(this)).stop().animate({

                        'marginTop': '-2px'

                    }, 200);

                },

                function () {

                    $('a', $(this)).stop().animate({

                        'marginTop': '-80px'

                    }, 200);

                }

            );

        });

</script>


Step 9: In this step you will see the body code of the Default2.aspx page which is given below.

Code

<
body>

    <ul id="navigation">

        <li class="home"><a href=""><span>Home</span></a></li>

        <li class="search"><a href=""><span>Search</span></a></li>

        <li class="photos"><a href=""><span>Photos</span></a></li>

        <li class="help"><a href=""><span>Help</span></a></li>

        <li class="contact"><a href=""><span>Contact</span></a></li>

    </ul>

   

</body>


Step 10:
In this step we will see the complete code of the Default2.aspx page which is given below.

Code

<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeFile="Default2.aspx.cs" Inherits="Default2" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">

<head runat="server">

    <title>Beautiful Fixed Slide Out Navigation </title>

    <script src="Scripts/jquery-1.4.1.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

    <script src="Scripts/jquery-1.4.1.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

     <link href="Styles/style.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />

    <script type="text/javascript">

        $(function () {

            var d = 300;

            $('#navigation a').each(function () {

                $(this).stop().animate({

                    'marginTop': '-80px'

                }, d += 150);

            });

 

            $('#navigation > li').hover(

                function () {

                    $('a', $(this)).stop().animate({

                        'marginTop': '-2px'

                    }, 200);

                },

                function () {

                    $('a', $(this)).stop().animate({

                        'marginTop': '-80px'

                    }, 200);

                }

            );

        });

    </script>

 

<style type="text/css">

    body

    {

        background: #8B008B;

        font-family: Arial;

        height: 2000px;

    }

    .header

    {

        width: 600px;

        height: 56px;

        position: absolute;

        top: 50%;

        left: 10px;

        background: #fff ;

    }

   

    a.back

    {

        width: 256px;

        height: 73px;

        position: absolute;

        bottom: 15px;

        right: 15px;

        background: #fff;

    }

    a.dry

    {

        position: absolute;

        bottom: 15px;

        left: 15px;

        text-align: left;

        font-size: 12px;

        color: #ccc;

        text-transform: uppercase;

        text-decoration: none;

    }

</style>

</head>

<body>

    <ul id="navigation">

        <li class="home"><a href=""><span>Home</span></a></li>

        <li class="search"><a href=""><span>Search</span></a></li>

        <li class="photos"><a href=""><span>Photos</span></a></li>

        <li class="help"><a href=""><span>Help</span></a></li>

        <li class="contact"><a href=""><span>Contact</span></a></li>

    </ul>

</body>

</html>


 Step 11: In this step we will see the design of the Default2.aspx page which is given below.

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Step 12: In this step we are going to run the Default2.aspx page by pressing F5.

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Now to see the expanding effect, hover the mouse on the small icon.

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