A drop down box can be created as a form object. But when you want it to be independent, without a form, you could do it with a ‘Jump Menu’. Here is how to create a jump menu, follow these steps:
- Go to the Behaviors task pane, which should be visible besides the Apply and Manage Styles task pane. If it is not visible, go to Task Panes menu and choose Behaviors.
- Place you cursor at the location where you want to add the drop down menu.
- In the Behaviors task pane, click the ‘Insert’ button and choose ‘Jump Menu’.
- This will launch the Jump Menu dialog box.
- Click on Add button and the Add Choice dialog box will be prompted.
- Similarly add all the choices and click OK in the Jump Menu dialog box.
- ‘Open URLs in:’ lets you choose if you would like to open the URL in the same window or a new window. ‘Select first item after URL change’ checkbox when checked will always highlight the first option in the drop down after every URL change.
- The drop down won’t work in Design view, but when previewed in the browser, it would look like:
Add the choice and their value. You can also browse to the URL. When done, , click on OK.
The choices will be displayed the way they are added. But you can always use the Move Up and Move Down buttons to rearrange the items.
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