A wonderful website design element is a sliding menu. A slide menu is an off-screen element that slides in and out of view when users want it. In general, slide menus use hamburger icons, arrows, text, or other icons to indicate their location. Slide menus allow developers to save precious website space. They also provide an opportunity to add an animation.
With HTML, CSS, and sometimes JS, sliding menus can be efficient, engaging, and smooth. The following lists sliding menu examples. There are code pen options for those who want a pure CSS menu and for those who want one with some JS.
Pure CSS Menus
Author: Onsen & Monaca
This first menu is super simple and uses only HTML.
This sliding menu imitates a book with tabs that adds 3D effects. When users click on the icon, a menu pops up from the left edge. When users click the icon again it returns to its original state.
Sidebar Nav Animation
This code displays menu icons on the left of the screen. With a click, words appear to identify what the icon represents.
Author: Brady Hullopeter
This is another menu that is pure CSS. The light blue background color makes the menu stand out.
This small and simple navigation menu slides down with a mini animation.
Author: Maxime Huylebroeck
The menu presented here first slides down and then slides over. The hamburger icon turns into a left arrow to indicate that pressing on it will slide the menu left again.
This pure CSS menu has a light blue background color. A circle in the center directs users to hover the black line to make the menu appear.
Sliding share bar
Author: Nathaniel Naranjo (Noble-Nate)
This code pen presents a dark red slide menu with a Font Awesome icon. It slides out from the left side of the screen. It can be used to display other Font Awesome menu icons or other elements you want to hide off-screen.
Author: Marc Lioyd
A plus icon identifies the menu in this code pen. When users click on it, the menu pushes the main page content to the right to make space for the menu.
Slide Out Menu
Author: Max Kurapov
This code pen reveals a simple and elegant navigation menu. A bar with the word “menu” resides on the right side of the page. When users hover or click on it, a small menu appears.
UI with UX
This pure CSS menu has a hamburger icon, an off trigger area, and many pseudo-elements. It slides from the left of the page with an angled border. Its background color is bright pink and it uses a blur effect. On mobile devices, the blur effect might lag a little.
Author: Tiffany Rayside
This navigation menu displays icons on the left side of the web page. On click, the menu folds out.
Author: Bardy Hullopeter
Here is a transparent menu that overlays the webpage. A click on the menu icon brings out a transparent bubble that then elongates into a rectangular menu. It is responsive, makes good use of animations, and allows users to see where they are on a website.
Author: Dannie Vinther
Here is another pure CSS sliding menu. This one is relatively simple with plain white and black colors. The menu icon is displayed in the header of a website. It uses :focus-within pseudo-class to help make it work.
CSS3 Only Menu
Author: Ragnar Þór Valgeirsson (rthor)
Another pure CSS code pen, this menu was a checkbox experiment. The width of the sliding menu reaches almost across the entire screen.
Pure CSS side reveal effect
Author: Antonija Simic
This is a pure CSS menu with a side slide reveal effect. It has a bright blue background color that looks great against a white color scheme. Users can add a link to each menu label.
SIDEBAR TOGGLE MENU
Author: Jelena Jovanovic
The best part of this slide menu is its color scheme. Bright pink blends into purple that in turn blends into blue. This ombre style is a great way to add more color to a website.
Side Sliding Menu CSS
Author: Eduard L.
Here is another simple pure CSS menu that displays icons on the left side of the page. When a user clicks on the icons, the menu slides to expand.
Author: Mark Murray
This off-canvas menu contains a hamburger menu icon in the upper left corner. On click, the web page is minimized to reveal a navigation menu header.
Left slide menu
This next code pen contains a slide menu icon on the left side of the page.
3D Off-canvas navigation
Next on the list, here is a 3D slide menu. When the icon is clicked on, a menu overlays the page. The hamburger icon changes into an exit icon.
Author: Mari Johannessen
Here is a simple sliding menu. When not deployed, users can see a small curved section of a circle icon.
Author: Jonno Witts
This code pen displays a header menu that uses a large font and a white text color backed by a turquoise color.
Elastic SVG Sidebar
Author: Nikolay Talanov
This mobile slide-out menu has an interesting and responsive animation. Users press and slide the white sidebar out. The bar bows as if it were elastic until finally, it bounces to reveal the menu.
Author: Jay Holtslander
Here is a sliding menu with a dark theme that moves the web page to the right.
This code pen displays a simple menu that does not take up much space. It is transparent so users can still see the page underneath it. It is very smooth and has a unique design.
Author: Devilish Alchemist
Here is a unique off-canvas sidebar slide menu that does not disappoint. The whole page twists to reveal a triangular menu.
Author: Daniel Maldonado
A bright green sliding menu overlays half of the webpage with this code pen. A hamburger icon identifies the menu in the right-hand corner of the page. After deploying the menu, the icon turns into an exit button.
Author: Aaron Awad
Author: Jorge C. S. Cardoso (jorgecardoso)
Here a sidebar navigation menu slides into place with a click on the hamburger menu icon. The background color of the menu starts as a faded orange but then brightens up to neon orange.
Author: Greg Klein
This sliding menu not only slides from off-screen to on-screen but also slides its menu icons down.
Author: Ferran Buireu
The author of this menu was able to include a logotype and an icon-based menu with little effort. It also supports ARIA to make it accessible to those with disabilities.
Author: Sabine Robart
Here is a very unique menu style. Its design condenses several menu icons into a small area. When a user hovers over an icon, the area expands. Each icon is separated by different hues of purple.
Compact sliding menu
Author: Julia kuznetsova
Full-screen slide menu
Author: senthil raja
This menu spins and slides from the left edge of the page across to fill the entire screen. A transition makes the icon change into a left-pointing arrow allowing users to exit the menu.
Author: Reza Khan Mohammadi
This code pen strives to create a menu with an iOS style. Unlike other slide menus, this one allows users to drag and swipe it open and shut. It is a lightweight menu and was designed with mobile devices in mind.
Author: Jaroslaw Hubert
Instead of using a menu icon, this code pen uses a toggle switch. When users flip the toggle switch, a menu slides down. When users click on one of the menu options such as Home, the label slides to the right as a click indication.
Splitscreen slide menu
Often when users click on a menu icon the menu is attached to it. With this code pen, when a user clicks on the menu icon, the menu appears on the other side of the webpage. The menu splits the screen with the page and resizes the content.
Author: Siddharth Parmar
This code pen uses two slide transitions. The menu itself slides into view. The labels also slide a little when clicked on.
Author: Mirko Zorić
Here is a full-screen menu that overlays the webpage. Each section of the menu is represented by a different color. The sections slide down from the top in quick succession as if they were doing the wave.
Author: Azouaoui Mohamed
Here is a sidebar template with a logotype, search box, social media buttons, and more. It works for both desktops and mobile devices.
Easy Sliding Menu
Author: Yago Estevez
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