Author:Colin Snover
Project owner:Bill Keese


dijit/_HasDropDown is a dijit widget mixin that provides drop-down menu functionality. Widgets like dijit/form/Select, dijit/form/ComboBox, dijit/form/DropDownButton, and dijit/form/DateTextBox all use dijit/_HasDropDown to implement their drop-down functionality.


First, mixin dijit/_HasDropDown when you create your widget:

define([ "dojo/_base/declare", "dijit/_HasDropDown" ],
    function(declare, _HasDropDown){
    return declare(_HasDropDown, {

Then, either set the value of :ref:HasDropDown.dropDown to an existing widget:

require([ "dijit/registry", "my/CustomDropDown", "dojo/domReady!" ], function(registry, CustomDropDown){
    var customDropDown = new CustomDropDown({
        dropDown: registry.byId("dropDownMenuWidget")
    }, "myDropDownWidget");

Or, override the :ref:HasDropDown.loadDropDown and :ref:HasDropDown.isLoaded functions to allow for lazy instantiation of the drop-down (see Dynamic & lazy-loading drop-downs, below).

Optional node properties


All of these properties can only be set before :ref:Widget.buildRendering is called.


By default, dijit/_HasDropDown will use either focusNode or domNode as the element to click to display the drop-down. If you want to use a specific element to click to display the drop-down instead, attach that element to :ref:buttonNode.


When a dijit/_HasDropDown is instantiated, a CSS class dijit(Up|Down|Right|Left)ArrowButton is added to specify which direction the pop-up appears by default relative to the widget. By default, these classes are set on :ref:buttonNode. Attaching an element to :ref:arrowWrapperNode will cause these classes to be applied to that element instead.


When a drop-down is opened, a CSS class dijitHasDropDownOpen and a popupActive attribute are added to indicate that the drop-down is open. By default, these changes apply to focusNode, or :ref:buttonNode if there is no focusNode. Attaching an element to :ref:popupStateNode will cause these changes to occur on that element instead.


When the drop-down is opened, it is positioned based on the location of domNode. Attaching an element to :ref:aroundNode will cause the drop-down to be positioned relative to that element instead.

Dynamic & lazy-loading drop-downs

By default, _HasDropDown assumes that a dijit widget has been created and assigned to :ref:HasDropDown.dropDown before the widget starts up. This works well for drop-downs that always contain the same content and are available immediately, but it may reduce startup performance and it makes it impossible to create dynamically populated/asynchronous drop-downs. In order to work around these limitations, more advanced drop-down widgets can implement :ref:HasDropDown.loadDropDown and :ref:HasDropDown.isLoaded instead:

define([ "dojo/_base/declare", "dijit/form/Button", "dijit/_HasDropDown" ],
    function(declare, Button, _HasDropDown){
    return declare([Button, _HasDropDown], {
        isLoaded: function(){
            // Returns whether or not we are loaded - if our dropdown has an href,
            // then we want to check that.
            var dropDown = this.dropDown;
            return (!!dropDown && (!dropDown.href || dropDown.isLoaded));

        loadDropDown: function(callback){
            // Loads our dropdown
            var dropDown = this.dropDown;
            if(!dropDown){ return; }
                var handler = dropDown.on("load", this, function(){
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