How do I set jQuery accordion default to unopened? And toggle open/closed?

Tags: javascript,jquery,html,css

Problem :

So I've got a page with a ton of accordions and when the first initially loads every single accordion by default is opened until I click on one. Then all of them close but that one and it then works fine from there.


<script src=""></script>

<div id="ss_menu">
  <a class="ss_button">Accordion 1</a>
  <div class="ss_content">
    Content 1

<div id="ss_menu">
  <a class="ss_button">Accordion 2</a>
  <div class="ss_content">
    Content 2

<div id="ss_menu">
  <a class="ss_button">Accordion 3</a>
  <div class="ss_content">
    Content 3


/* Accordion controls */
#ss_menu {
  border: 1px solid #ccc;

.ss_button { 
    cursor: pointer;
    color: black;

.ss_content {
  padding: 5px 10px;
  text-decoration: none;
  color: #666;
  font-family: arial, verdana, tahoma;
  font-size: 10px;
  -webkit-border-radius: 5px;
  -moz-border-radius: 5px;
  transition: all 0.5s;
  -webkit-transition: all 0.5s;
  -moz-transition: all 0.5s;


jQuery(function() {
    jQuery('.ss_button').on('click',function() {

And the related Codepen:

So my questions are:
1. How can I set them all closed by default on page load?
2. How can I toggle the one active one off by clicking the activate button again?

Any help would be appreciated.

Solution to question 1
Add display: none to my content element.

Solution :

Set display:none in the CSS to start and change the code to be smarter on what it is hiding.

jQuery('.ss_button').on('click',function() {
    var content = jQuery(this).next('.ss_content');

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