Topic: Keep Dropdown open when clicked on dropdown item

ECKD GmbH priority asked 2 years ago

Current behavior

When clicked on an item with the class "dropdown-item", the dropdown will always close. Currently there's no way to adjust this behaviour.


We need to be able to keep the dropdown open, when the user clicked on a dropdown item in some cases (i.e. multistep menus). This could be easily handled by the dropdown component with an additional @input (for example "closeMenuOnItemClicked", or even allow more customizing with a "closingMode")

Otherwise we would have to duplicate all dropdown-item styles to another class (like .dropdown-item-custom) so the components method "_listenToOutSideCick" recognizes it as custom content and doesn't close anymore (which would be really uncomfortable).

Resources (screenshots, code snippets etc.)

Use Case

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Example implementation with simple boolean input

 _listenToOutSideCick(overlayRef, origin) {
        return fromEvent(document, 'click').pipe(filter((event) => {
            const target =;
            const isInsideMenu = this._dropdownMenu.nativeElement.contains(target);
            const keepAliveWhenItemInsideClicked = isInsideMenu && !this.closeMenuOnItemClicked;
            if(keepAliveWhenInsideClicked) {
                return false; 

Arkadiusz Idzikowski staff answered 2 years ago

@ECKD Service Gmbh Thank you for the suggestions. We will discuss this feature with our design team and consider adding such an input to the component.

As a workaround for now, you can use stopPropagation() method. It should prevent component from capturing the click event.

<li><a class="dropdown-item" href="" (click)="doSth(); $event.stopPropagation()">Action</a></li>

Edit: In v1.6.0 we added some new inputs (closeOnOutsideClick, closeOnItemClick, closeOnEsc) that may be helpful in such cases.

Arkadiusz Idzikowski staff commented 2 years ago

@ECKD Service Gmbh I edited my answer, in v1.6.0 we added some new inputs that may be helpful for your use case. Please upgrade your MDBA5 version.

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