Last Updated: November 19, 2020
· barnettjw

Make CSS dropdown menus work on touch devices

CSS dropdown menus are pretty neat, but they usually depend on :hover, touch devices don't support hover states. So this bit of JQuery will allow you to, use clicks instead of hovers.

//Allow clicking instead of hover for dropdown menus
$(document).ready( function(){

    $('#submenu').click( function(event){

    $(document).click( function(){


This script assumes markup similar to this:

<a href="#" id = "submenu">Products</a>
        <ul id = "drop" >
            <li><a href="#">Widgets</a></li>
            <li><a href="#">Thingamabobs</a></li>
            <li><a href="#">Doohickies</a></li>

Related protips:

jQuery: When to use $(document).ready() and when $(window).load()

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Thanks for the useful code. It's great that its in jQuery, and works in IE10 and IE11 touch. Do you have a version that works with menus that have several top-level headings with dropdowns? Perhaps using the jQuery ".this" keyword, and CSS classes would work?
--------- Follow Up ----------- I'm new to jQuery, so see if this will work reliably, or maybe there's a better way?

$(document).ready( function(){

$('.submenu').click( function(event){

$(document).click( function(){        


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