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How To Make A Horizontal Scrollable Divi Menu Module

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In this tutorial I will show you how to make a horizontal scrollable Divi menu using the Menu module, perfect for smaller screen sizes!

▶️ Please watch the video above to get all the exciting details! 👆

NOTE: This tutorial is for the Menu Module. I do not recommend continuing to use the default header menu. If you insist, you will need to change the selector classes on your own to those of the default header.

Setting Up The Menu Module

The very first and obvious thing to do is to add a Menu module to your layout. The one thing I would note here is that you probably do not want to have any logo image added to this menu. Otherwise, the amount of space needed to see the menu items will not be enough. So just add the menu as it is and do not add a logo. 

Add A Custom CSS Class To The Menu

We do not want this code to affect every Menu module on our site, so we will start by adding a custom CSS class to the specific Menu module that you want to target. Open the Divi Menu module settings and go to the Advanced tab. Got the CSS IDs & Classes toggle. Place the class “pa-horizontal-scroll-menu” in the CSS Class input field.

make a horizontal scroll menu in Divi

Add The CSS Snippet To Your Site

The rest of the tutorial is handled by the CSS code. This step involves copying the CSS snippet below and pasting it into your website.

Where To Paste The CSS Code

1. Divi Assistant
If you are using our Divi Assistant plugin, simply paste the code in the CSS tab in the custom code window in the Divi Visual Builder.

2. Child Theme
If you are using a child theme, paste this code into the style.css file. If you don't have a child theme, you can generate a child theme directly on your site or download our free child theme.

3. Divi Theme Options Integration
Otherwise, paste this code in your Divi>Theme Options>Custom CSS code box.

If you need help understanding where to paste the code, please check out our complete guide about where to add custom code In Divi.

/*diplay the desktop menu on all devices*/

.pa-horizontal-scroll-menu .et_pb_menu__menu {
	display: block !important
}


/*hide the mobile menu*/

.pa-horizontal-scroll-menu .et_mobile_nav_menu {
	display: none !important;
}


/*force the menu to fullwidth to allow for the menu to scroll within it*/

.pa-horizontal-scroll-menu .et_pb_menu__menu {
	width: 100%;
}


/*set the menu to automatically overflow*/

.pa-horizontal-scroll-menu .et_pb_menu__wrap {
	overflow: auto;
}


/*keep the menu items horizontal and avoid stacking*/

.pa-horizontal-scroll-menu .et_pb_menu__menu ul.et-menu {
	white-space: nowrap !important;
	flex-wrap: nowrap !important;
	margin: 10px auto;
}


/*hide scrollbar on IE, Edge, and Firefox*/

.pa-horizontal-scroll-menu .et_pb_menu__wrap {
	-ms-overflow-style: none;
	scrollbar-width: none;
}


/*hide scrollbar on Chrome, Safari, and Opera*/

.pa-horizontal-scroll-menu .et_pb_menu__wrap::-webkit-scrollbar {
	display: none;
}

Code Summary Explanation

You can see each snippet of the code has a comment with a brief explanation of what it does. This should explain it pretty well, but here is a summary of what is happening.

The code is opening up the default mobile hamburger menu and displaying the menu items instead. Then it is forcing the width of the menu to be fullwidth to make space for the menu items to scroll back and forth within it. Then it is setting the menu items to automatically overflow the boundary of the menu. After that, it is making sure the menu items do not try to stack, but remain horizontal inline. Then the last part is simply hiding any scrollbar that may appear.

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  1. Jérôme

    Hello and thank you for sharing!

    I installed this code on my site in August and it worked very well but since an update of divi we can no longer scroll to the right as you can see on this page https://singulier-paris.com/the-boutique/ (in mobile view of course 😉)
    Do you have a code fix to make this work again please?
    Thanks in advance

    Reply
    • Hemant Gaba

      Hi Jerome!

      It seems you have undo the changes. Can you please apply the customization again so that I can check?

      Reply
  2. Chris

    Hi I tried to add navigational arrows as per your reply to a previous request but it doens’t show. Can you help me thanks https://kandsbespoke.co.uk/

    Reply
    • Hemant Gaba

      I can see the navigational arrow on the mobile dropdown. Are you referring to any other icon?

      Reply
    • Nelson Lee Miller (aka The Divi Teacher) <span class="comment-author-role-label author-label">Author</span>

      The code you are referring to is not part of the tutorial, but was shared by Hemant as a bonus. Unfortunately we could not provide customization services at this time, but a developer should be able to help with it.

      Reply
      • Chris

        Ah ok no problem, looking at their code though, do you see where it can be fixed?

  3. kimjehyun

    When there are many horizontal menus and the selected menu is outside the screen, is there a way to center it?
    menu
    menu1 menu2 menu3 menu4 menu5 menu6 menu7 menu8 menu9

    mobile view
    menu1 menu2 menu3 menu4 // I can’t see it on the screen…

    If you select menu7
    mobile view
    menu6 menu7 menu8 menu9

    If you select menu5
    mobile view
    menu4 menu5 menu6 menu7
    or
    menu3 menu4 menu5 menu6

    I think I need JavaScript, but I don’t know any code.

    Reply
    • dominique

      hello kimjehyun,
      did you get any help on this ?
      I have the same issue that I want to fix

      Reply
  4. Jérôme

    Hello and thank you for the code! This is exactly what I needed 👍
    Can we have small vertical separation bars between each menu item?

    Reply
    • Hemant Gaba

      Hi Jerome!

      Please add the following code:

      .pa-horizontal-scroll-menu .nav li a{
      border-bottom: 1px solid #000;
      }

      .pa-horizontal-scroll-menu .nav li{
      padding-bottom: 5px;
      }

      Let me know if it helps!

      Reply
  5. Nathan

    I am getting side-scroll on the page when using this snippet. I’m a noob, please forgive silly questions, any help appreciated.

    Reply
    • Nathan

      Fixed it, I had messed up the rows.

      Reply
  6. Tom Vallone

    Hi Nelson! Thanks a lot…Is there a way to use an arrow icon ie as a visual clue that there is more menu to scroll to?

    Reply
    • Hemant Gaba

      Hi Tom!

      Please add the following code for the arrow icon on tablet and mobile view:

      @media all and (max-width:980px){
      .pa-horizontal-scroll-menu .et_pb_menu__menu ul.et-menu:before {
      content: “\24”;
      right: 0;
      position: absolute;
      font-family: ‘ETmodules’;
      top: -18px;}
      }

      Let me know how it goes!

      Reply
      • Hemant Gaba

        Hi Karin!

        Can you please share the URL of the page to investigate further?

      • karin nieuwoudt

        I cant code to save my life so am following your instructions step by step. *I have added the code to add the arrow icons, but nothing seems to appear?* – no arrows appear to the left and right of the menu?

      • karin

        Nelson – THANK you so much for all your helpfull info! Please asssit – I cant code to save my life so am following your instructions step by step. I have added the code to add the arrow icons, but nothing seems to appear?

  7. SB

    Thank you for this tutorial. I am also interested in the arrow solution, can you send the code ?

    Reply
  8. Piterk

    Hey, thank you for the tutorial. I am also interested in the arrow solution, can you send the code for me as well?

    Reply
  9. Kathryn

    Love the scroll for the “Menu Module”. Is there a way to use an arrow icon ie as a visual clue that there is more menu to scroll to?

    Reply
    • Martin

      Hi! That would be a great addition to the horizontal scroll menu.
      Would love to hear how to add that.

      Reply
    • Hemant Gaba

      Hey Kathryn,

      It’s a good catch, we will work on this little visual clue arrow and will get back to you on this shortly.

      Reply
      • Claudio

        Hey, thank you for this tutorial.
        Is the arrow to be inserted ready? 🙂
        Without an indicator it is not clear that there are elements to scroll

      • Hemant Gaba

        Hey Claudio,

        Could you please share the URL of your website so I can check the code and provide it to you?

  10. Jose Antonio Lopez Moreno

    Dear Nelson
    Many thanks for this amazing piece of content. Really appreciated. I was trying to imitate that same style as Amazon website and with this tutorial I made it after trying so many options.
    Thank you again!!

    Reply
  11. MUHAMMAD yasir

    Overflow: auto; it hides the dropdown menu.
    is there a solution to that?

    Reply

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