Dropdowns clearly have their place in effective web design. However, their overuse and misuse creates many usability problems and confusion. Designers employ dropdowns for a variety of different purposes, including:
- Command menus , which initiate an action based on the selected option
Microsoft Word used a dropdown menu to show publishing commands when users clicked the Publish icon.
- Navigation menus , which take users to a new location
Harvard used dropdown menus to provide a list of links to the subcategories for each top-level category.
- Form filling , which lets users select an option to enter into a form field
Sunnyvale.ca.gov: This form used a dropdown to allow users to...