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Accordion-Style Left Navigation Using jQuery and CSS in SharePoint 2010

Posted By:Sagar Pardeshi       Posted Date: October 07, 2014    Points: 200    Category: SharePoint    URL: http://www.dotnetspark.com  

In this article you will learn about Accordion-Style Left Navigation using JQuery and CSS in SharePoint 2010.


All the Quick Link menus provided by SharePoint2010 out of the box have a fixed format and altering its CSS alters its branding. Implementing collapsible headings in the quick launch for SharePoint 2010 (jQuery UI accordion effect) would solve this issue. All the solutions that I've seen are for sites and sub sites. In the site navigation settings, I have entered a heading with links to site pages under it.

My current navigation works fine. For example if a category is open it will remain open until the category is clicked on. I implement an accordion on SharePoint current navigation.

However we can do collapsing and expanding functionality using:

  • jQuery
  • CSS 

If you want the accordion-style menu for all pages, you should work it into the v4.master.

You need to add the following code into the v4.master.

To edit, open the v4.master in SharePoint Designer 2010, share this piece of code to obtain an accordion style quick launch in SharePoint 2010.
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.Microsoft.com/ajax/jQuery/jquery-1.7.1.min.js">
<script type="text/javascript"> 
$(function($) {
 //Hide all
 $('.s4-ql li ul').hide();
 //Set the Images up
 var Collapse = "/_layouts/images/collapse.gif";
 var Expand = "/_layouts/images/expand.gif";

 //Find each top level UI and add reletive buttons & children numbers

 $('.s4-ql ul li').find('ul').each(function(index) {
 var $this = $(this);
 $this.parent().find('a:first .menu-item-text').parent().parent().parent().prepend(['<a class=\'min\' style=\'float:right; margin-left:5px;margin-top:6px;margin-right:5px;\'><img src=\'/_layouts/images/expand.gif\'/></a>'].join(''));
 //Setup Click Hanlder
 $('.min').click(function() {
 //Get Reference to img
 var img = $(this).children();
 //Traverse the DOM to find the child UL node
 var subList = $(this).siblings('ul');
 //Check the visibility of the item and set the image
 var Visibility = subList.is(":visible")? img.attr('src',Expand) : img.attr('src',Collapse);;
 //Toggle the UL


It is possible to do it with pure CSS. When it comes to SharePoint there is only one caveat - you can create a CSS with only accordion menu as long as the accordion effect fires on hover and not when the navigation header is clicked.

Add the following CSS into the v4.master:
To edit, open the v4.master in SharePoint Designer 2010

        .s4-ql li.static {
            height: 2em;
            overflow: hidden;

            .s4-ql li.static:hover {
                height: auto;

        .s4-ql li > span.menu-item {
            cursor: pointer;
        /* Format the headers */
        .s4-ql li > span.menu-item {
            cursor: pointer;
            background: #0171C6;
            color: white;
            border: solid #fff;
            border-width: 1px 0;
        /* Format the accordion list items */
        .s4-ql a.menu-item {
            color: #000;
            background: #C9D4FF;
            border: 1px solid #97C8F7;
            border-bottom: none;
            /* Format the header hover, list item hover and currently selected item */
            .s4-ql li > span.menu-item:hover, /*Header */
            .s4-ql a.selected, /* Selected */
            .s4-ql a.menu-item:hover /* List item */ {
                color: #FFF;
                background: #073D7D;

        .s4-ql ul.root > li.static {
            max-height: 2em;
            overflow: hidden;
            transition: max-height 1s linear;

            .s4-ql ul.root > li.static:hover {
                max-height: 500px;

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