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Split Buttons

by MH RISHAD - 19 Oct 2018

Split Button Dropdowns

Hover over the arrow icon to open the dropdown menu:

How To Create a Split Button

Step 1) Add HTML:

Create a dropdown menu that appears when the user moves the mouse over an icon.


<!-- Font Awesome Icon Library -->
<link rel="stylesheet" href="">

<button class="btn">Button</button>
<div class="dropdown">
  <button class="btn" style="border-left:1px solid navy">
    <i class="fa fa-caret-down"></i>
  <div class="dropdown-content">
    <a href="#">Link 1</a>
    <a href="#">Link 2</a>
    <a href="#">Link 3</a>


Example Explained

Use any element to open the dropdown menu, e.g. a <button>, <a> or <p> element.

Use a container element (like <div>) to create the dropdown menu and add the dropdown links inside it.

Wrap a <div> element around the button and the <div> to position the dropdown menu correctly with CSS.

Step 2) Add CSS:


/* Dropdown Button */
.btn {
    background-color: #2196F3;
    color: white;
    padding: 16px;
    font-size: 16px;
    border: none;
    outline: none;

/* The container <div> - needed to position the dropdown content */
.dropdown {
    position: absolute;
    display: inline-block;

/* Dropdown Content (Hidden by Default) */
.dropdown-content {
    display: none;
    position: absolute;
    background-color: #f1f1f1;
    min-width: 160px;
    z-index: 1;

/* Links inside the dropdown */
.dropdown-content a {
    color: black;
    padding: 12px 16px;
    text-decoration: none;
    display: block;

/* Change color of dropdown links on hover */
.dropdown-content a:hover {background-color: #ddd}

/* Show the dropdown menu on hover */
.dropdown:hover .dropdown-content {
    display: block;

/* Change the background color of the dropdown button when the dropdown content is shown */
.btn:hover, .dropdown:hover .btn  {
    background-color: #0b7dda;




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