How To Style and Customize The Divi Menu Module Submenu Dropdown Tutorial by Pee Aye Creative

How To Style and Customize The Divi Menu Module Dropdown Submenu

In this Divi tutorial, I'm going to show you how to style and customize the the Divi Menu module dropdown submenu with CSS.

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Here is an example of how the default Divi dropdown menu looks:

How To Style and Customize the Divi Submenu with CSS

Here is the behind-the-scenes structure of the submenu by default:

Notice anything? Each separate piece has it’s own properties, like padding and width. They are nested within each other, so in order to customize what we want, we first need to learn to target the correct piece of the structure.

It is important for you to understand the structure of the Divi submenu first before we start customizing it with CSS.

This tutorial will go over each part of the submenu separately, and you can follow along and use it as a guide for styling your Divi menu dropdown submenu!

How To Customize And Style The Divi Menu Dropdown Submenu聽

One of the first things we probably notice is the ugly blue thick like at the top of our submenu. Or maybe you want to remove some padding at the top or bottom or make it wider. You can do that by targeting the submenu unordered list as shown.

How To Customize And Style The Divi Menu Dropdown Submenu-

Edit The Overall Submenu

/*edit the Divi submenu*/
.et_pb_menu li ul {
YOUR CSS HERE
}

Once you have our CSS selector ready, you can start adding custom code where it says “YOUR CSS HERE.” (be sure to remove that text)

Custom Style Ideas

The following is a list of some ideas for things you might want to do to style the overall submenu. You can choose to do this by placing the snippets into the selector shown above.

Remove or adjust the spacing:

padding: 0!important;

Remove the default border at the top:

border-top: none;

Add a border:

border: 2px solid #2cba6c;

Change the background color:

background-color: #2cba6c;

Change the width:

width: 300px;

How To Customize And Style The Divi Menu Dropdown Submenu List Items

Now we move on to the list items. It can be confusing how the list items and the links relate, but if you take a close look at my suggested custom style ideas, you will start to see. The list items control the links items, but the next section of links controls the link text.

How To Customize And Style The Divi Menu Dropdown Submenu List Items-

Edit The List Items

/*edit the Divi submenu list items*/
.et_pb_menu li li {
YOUR CSS HERE
}

Edit The List Items On Hover

/*edit the Divi submenu list items on hover*/
.et_pb_menu li li:hover {
YOUR CSS HERE
}

Once you have our CSS selector ready, you can start adding custom code where it says “YOUR CSS HERE.” (be sure to remove that text)

Custom Style Ideas

The following is a list of ideas of some things you might want to do to style the submenu list items. You can choose to do this by default, or on hover, by placing the snippets into the correct selector shown above.

Remove or adjust the spacing:

padding: 0;

Change the background color (for on hover):

background: #2cba6c;

Add a border on the bottom:

border-bottom: 1px solid #e1e1e1;

How To Customize And Style The Divi Menu Dropdown Submenu Links

The last section of the Divi dropdown submenu is the links themselves. The link text is great to style, and I have provided some ideas below like changing the color, size, spacing, or width. Another obvious one is the opacity, which changes to .7 by default on hover, but you can override that if you want.

How To Customize And Style The Divi Menu Dropdown Submenu Links-

Edit The Links

/*edit the Divi submenu links*/
.et_pb_menu li li a {
YOUR CSS HERE
}

Edit The Links On Hover

/*edit the Divi submenu links on hover*/
.et_pb_menu li li a:hover {
YOUR CSS HERE
}

Once you have our CSS selector ready, you can start adding custom code where it says “YOUR CSS HERE.” (be sure to remove that text)

Custom Style Ideas

The following is a list of ideas of some things you might want to do to style the submenu links. You can choose to do this by default, or on hover, by placing the snippets into the correct selector shown above.

Remove the spacing:

padding: 0;

Change the opacity (especially on hover):

opacity: 1;

Remove the slight background color (on hover):

background-color: rgba(0,0,0,0);

Change the width:

width: 240px;

Change the font size:

font-size: 12px!important;

Change the color:

color: #2cba6c;

Change the letter spacing:

letter-spacing: 2px;
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55 Comments

  1. Edgar

    Good tutorial, I think the next step on this series could be how to style the mobile menu. Just a thought.
    Thanks

    Reply
  2. Anselmo

    Hi,

    Thanks for the tutorial, but it isn’t working for me. I’ve put the css in the theme options css editor. Nothing changes and I’ve some knowledge of css.

    Reply
  3. Charles Kiyimba

    Thanks Nelson for this tutorial. I have used it on my online shop which I am currently building to change the background color of the dropdown menu and to remove the text underline on hover. It has worked well on desktop. However on mobile, I still have a challenge. What could be the code I can use to make it work?

    Reply
    • Nelson Lee Miller (aka The Divi Teacher)

      Hi Charles, I assume you are asking for help with the mobile menu. That’s different from the dropdown submenu. I’ll try to get that post scheduled for the mobile menu very soon!

      Reply
      • Charles Kiyimba

        Thanks. It will help us significantly.

  4. Amar Kumar

    Hi,
    Thanks for the tutorial.
    But the ugly Blue top border doesn’t goes off.

    Tried so many time, did not happen.
    Tried with Builder as well as Theme Customizer and Theme Option

    .et_pb_menu li ul {
    padding: 0!important;
    border-top: none;
    border-bottom: 1px solid #4a835e;
    }

    .et_pb_menu li li {
    padding: 0!important;
    border-top: none;
    border-bottom: 1px solid #4a835e;
    }

    .et_pb_menu li li:hover {
    padding: 0!important;
    border-top: none;
    border-bottom: 1px solid #4a835e;
    }

    But this isn’t going

    Reply
  5. federico

    Hi Nelson, thank you for the tutorial! But I am desperately trying to modify a menu inserted as Divi menu module (not a main menu in the header but in the body). Specifically I would like to highlight the active menu item linked to an anchor on the same page .. do you have any idea how to underline the active menu items of an anchor-linked menu module? Many thanks in advance!

    Reply
      • Ivan

        Hello, i am looking to do the same thing but cant figure it out. I want to target the menu in the body module instead of the main header.

      • Hemant Gaba

        Could you please provide the URL of the Page where the Menu Module is present in the body for us to investigate further?

  6. John F Carroll

    Hi

    Thanks for your excellent tutorials. I’m currently rebuilding a website – http://www.halfmanhalfmovie.com – and the rebuild is using Divi at https://homemacsupport.com/.
    I’ve used your CSS for the submenu at https://homemacsupport.com/ but I can’t understand why I have to make the submenu size as wide as the widest link. This then makes the submenu’s with smaller links appear in a box that is so big.
    Is there no CSS that tells the submenu links not to wrap text and the submenu box to adjust to fit the size of the the largest link in the box.
    I’m honestly don’t understand why Divi haven’t addressed these issues which are so basic to any menu system.
    Any input would be much appreciated 馃檪

    Reply
      • John

        Yeah I talked to Divi today. I would have thought this was elementary… like didn’t someone mention it in a meeting. They said they’d pass it on . Thanks for your code snippets 馃檪

      • Nelson Lee Miller (aka The Divi Teacher)

        I don’t think having it automatic is elementary at all. Maybe having a setting to change the width manually. I’m sure that will come.

  7. craig

    hi, great tutorial, i was wondering if you have an explanation on the mobile menu yet?

    Reply
  8. Ales

    Hi, what does mean class “.et_pb_menu” , I can麓t find it in my html code. Why did you use this class?

    Reply
  9. Saifee Collection

    Hey, nice tutorial!
    But how do I get the same drop down menu style in mobile & tablet view? Please share the snippet for mobile & tablet if possible.

    Thanks.
    Saifee Collection.

    Reply
  10. Henk

    Hi Edgar,

    Great tutorial! Thank’s a lot.

    All CSS works perfectly when I use the CSS in a menu somewhere in the body of any page. But the CSS doesn’t work when I add the CSS to the page setup of a global header. What am I doing wrong?

    Can you help me?
    Thanks!

    Reply
  11. the vibe

    couldn’t this be done in the custom CSS in the menu module? Then It would be global if you are using the theme builder…right?

    Reply
      • the vibe

        I now see lol. Would I be able to add a different font to the dropdowns? How would I do that?

        Thanks for creating the content you do it is helpful and your videos are just chill and approachable.馃槉

  12. Max

    Hi, to widen the row of columns and to decide how many columns the Mega menu should have, which Css code should be inserted? thank you

    Reply
      • Anastasiia Mazanova

        Hey there, I just watched the other tutorial, but it doesn’t really speak about Max’s question. I also have 5 columns not 4, hence have the same question.

      • Nelson Lee Miller (aka The Divi Teacher)

        Hi Anastasiia,
        Let’s try to keep comments on the relevant tutorial. Asking about the mega menu here is getting confusing to me and to others. 馃檪

  13. Kimberly

    For some reason, I am having trouble getting this to work. I want to make the menu. I want to make the submenu look like yours except for two things – grey buttons, not pink, and have the submenu centered underneath the main menu.

    Reply
  14. Stephen Guy

    Hi Nelson, Thanks for the great tutorial! I will definitely use some of this moving forward. I was wondering if you intend to add some tuts that show us how to get some of these same effects on menus we build inside the theme builder? (and just some theme builder customizations in general). In particular, I would love to know how to add the js (I assume) that controls the dropdown behavior. For instance, in a regular menu, you can choose the dropdown effect of Fade | Expand | Slide | or Flip … there doesn’t appear to be a way to do that natively inside the builder as those options are missing. The default appears to have no easing and the dropdowns literally just clunkily appear. I’d like to match the Expand option from the native Divi menu and replicate that on my builder’s menu. Thanks in advance for your help and for your awesome tuts!

    Reply
    • Nelson Lee Miller (aka The Divi Teacher)

      Hi Stephen,
      To answer your first general question, most if not all of the menu tutorials are for the Menu module, which is used in the Theme Builder. About your specific question, I can certainly add that as a tutorial to my list! You will just have to watch for it to be posted as I don’t have an ETA right now.

      Reply
  15. Carmen

    Hi Nelson, I really enjoi your detailed approach to the divi menu. One question: The Css code does no effect on my drop down menu exept width. padding is not working at all. What might cause it?

    Reply
  16. Melody

    I’ve added in my custom code options but doesn’t seem to be making the fix?

    Reply
  17. Moe Adas

    Thanks for the great tips. I’m facing an issue when changing the background color and text color on hover for the menu links. I can change the background but the text remains unchanged even if I add !important. when I inspect the element it shows the the color is not active because it is inheriting it from the menu module text color which divi add !important to it. any workarounds? I’m using divi menu module within the theme builder.
    Many thanks

    Reply
    • Hemant Gaba

      If the Custom CSS that you are adding is affecting the element at the correct place but the property is getting overpowered by the property Divi adds then please try to increase the strength of the selector and use !important. By doing this your property will have more priority.

      Reply
  18. Spa La

    Thank you for this. How would you then code the nested menu of the submenu? Or the sub sub menu? When I create them, there is a gap between the sub sub menu and the submenu. Not so pretty 馃槈

    Reply
    • Hemant Gaba

      Could you please share the URL of the page so that I can see the gap and remove that as well?

      Reply
  19. Anneloes

    The top of the submenu is cut off. Any idea how to solve this issue? Tried several options including customizing using the tutorial. Unfortunately nothing changes. Header is building using theme builder.
    https://fairdinkumonline.nl/lavie/contact

    Reply
    • Hemant Gaba

      Hi Anneloes,

      The URL that you have shared is showing Coming Soon so can you please deactivate the coming soon plugin or the source from where it is coming so that I could investigate further?

      Reply
  20. Adrienne

    Great tutorial. Is there any way to change the length of the dropdown top border?

    Reply
  21. Patricia

    Great tutorial but the CSS selectors seem to not be working on my page. I’m trying to change the font size and text transformation for the dropdown links.
    This is the page: https://aurareinigung-und-lichtkristalle.de

    Reply
    • Hemant Gaba

      Hi Patricia,

      Could you please try the code given below and see if that helps?

      #menu-hauptmenue .menu-item-has-children .sub-menu li a{
      color: red !important;
      text-transform: lowercase;
      }

      Let me know how it goes. 馃檪

      Reply

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