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This chapter is from the book

Creating and Editing a Jump Menu

Most web sites employ buttons to helps the visitor navigate through the various pages; however, it’s possible to create a jump menu, using a simple form element. A jump menu utilizes a form object to create a list of menu options. When the visitor clicks on the list, a drop-down menu displays a listing of all the available page options. Displaying a listing of all available page options within a single drop-down menu is a creative use of form objects that makes navigation through a complex site much easier for your visitors. After you create a jump menu, you can make changes to it as needed. You can add, delete, rename or change the order of items in the menu. In addition, you can modify the file an item links to. If you want to change the location in which a linked file opens, or to add or change a menu selection prompt, you need to apply the Jump Menu behavior from the Behaviors panel.

Create a Jump Menu

  • green_1.jpg Create a new web page or Open the web page where you want to insert a jump menu.
  • green_2.jpg Click to place the insertion point to where you want to insert a jump menu.
  • green_3.jpg Click the Forms tab on the Insert panel, or click the Insert menu, point to Forms, and then click Jump Menu.
  • green_4.jpg Create the jump menu using the following options:
    • Menu Items. Click the Plus (+) sign to add more “unnamed” menu items to the list. Click the Minus (-) sign to remove “unnamed” items from the list. Use the up and down arrows buttons to move selected items within the list.
    • Text. Select an “unnamed” menu item in the Menu Items box, and then enter a name in the text field. Continue selecting “unnamed” items until all have been properly named.
    • When Selected, Go To URL. Select a menu item in the Menu Items box, and then enter the path and filename of the page you want opened for the selected item or click Browse to select the file.
    • Open URLs In. If you’re not working within a frameset, you have only one option: Main Window.
    • Menu ID. Enter a unique name for the menu in the input field (optional).
    • Insert Go Button After Menu. Select to add a button that activates the jump menu.
    • Select First Item After URL Change. Select to reset the menu selection to the top item after each jump.
  • green_5.jpg Click OK.

Edit a Jump Menu

  • green_1.jpg Open the web page where you want to edit a jump menu.
  • green_2.jpg Open the Properties panel.
  • green_3.jpg Select a jump menu object.
  • green_4.jpg Click the List Values button.
  • green_5.jpg Make the changes you want.
    • Click the Plus (+) sign to add more “unnamed” menu items to the list. Click the Minus (-) sign to remove “unnamed: items from the list. Use the up and down arrows buttons to move selected items within the list.
  • green_6.jpg Click OK.
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