How to indent text in a select drop down menu using CSS

Tags: css,xhtml

Problem :

How can I indent categories and endless sub categories that I have in a select drop down menu using CSS?

   1. Apple
   2. Arts & Entertainment
         1. Amusement
         2. Art
         3. Artists
               1. A
                     1. a1
                     2. a2
               2. B
               3. C
               4. D
   3. Automotive
   4. Network
   5. Server
   6. Web Design
         1. CSS
         2. HTML

Solution :

You can't do this with the <select> element. You can't have endless nested subcategory like you suggest, only one, with <optgroup>. Styling will also be difficult as the ability to style form elements differs from browser to browser.

However, depending on your needs, the following solution might work:

For this, we are recreating the select element using HTML lists. The markup would look like this:

<div id="select">
    <p>Select your Answer</p>
        <li><a href="#">Apple</a></li>
        <li><a href="#">Arts and Entertainment</a>
                <li><a href="#">Amusement</a></li>
                <li><a href="#">Art</a></li>
                <li><a href="#">Artist</a>
                        <li><a href="#">A</a></li>
                        <li><a href="#">B</a></li>

Then, with CSS, style it such that it fits your purpose:

#select {
    border: 1px solid #999;
    background-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.1);
    position: absolute;
    width: 300px;
    font-family: Arial, sans-serif;
    font-size: 11px;

#select:hover {
    background-color: #efefef;

#select > ul {
    display: none;
    list-style: none;

#select:hover > ul {
    display: block;

#select > ul ul {
    margin-left: 20px;

#select > ul a, #select > p {
    display: block;
    padding: 3px 8px 4px;
    color: #333;
    text-decoration: none;

#select > ul a:hover {
    background-color: #ddd;

Play around with it here:

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