Custom Site Actions Link with CSS

February 4 2010 24 comments

Whenever there is a need to customize the look and feel of the default MOSS 2007 site actions control without going through several lines of code, CSS comes in handy.

The tricky part involves replacing the white arrow image which is hardcoded on the default control itself to reflect your design. If we look at the HTML that is rendered by the site actions control, we can see where the image is located inside the DOM.



The idea is to first hide the hardcoded image from the view by setting its display to ‘none’. First we’ll have to travel the DOM to get access to the image(s) as there are no static class names or usable IDs available.

.ms-siteactionsmenu div div span img {
  display: none;

Then put your newly designed pointer image on the site actions link using its background-property. This way it will be included in the hit-area of the button and you’ll also be able to use the :hover pseudo class which works even in the older browsers like IE6 for mouse over effects. Adjust the right padding and height to match your image properties.

.ms-siteactionsmenu div div span a {
   transparent url('/_layouts/images/arrow_inactive.png') 100% 50% no-repeat;
  padding-right: 32px;
  height: 32px;
  float: left;
.ms-siteactionsmenu div div span a {
  background-image: url('/_layouts/images/arrow_active.png');

For further customization you can also change the default background images and other properties for the site actions menu container with the following simple CSS selectors to match your design.

.ms-siteactionsmenu div div div {
  /* default gradient background */

.ms-siteactionsmenu div div {
  /* hover gradient background */

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24 comments to “Custom Site Actions Link with CSS”

  1. Andrew Pelt says:

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  2. Adi says:

    Thank you so much. I spent a lot of time looking for this tip :)

  3. franco bao says:

    Does this apply for sharepoint 2010

  4. Tuukka Uskali says:

    Hi Franco,

    The original post applies to MOSS 2007. With SharePoint 2010 things are easier and you can set the ArrowImageUrl property in the master page:

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