Displays a list of menu items. Menus can have sub-menus. Sub-menus are animated into view when expanded.


The Expanding Menu control displays a list of menu choices, some of which may have sub-choices (indicated by an icon at the right edge of the item). When a menu item is clicked, it can invoke Javascript code. If the menu has a sub-menu, the sub-menu is shown using animation.

In the image below the Expanding Menu is shown in its full collapsed state and it a partially expanded state.

Expanding Menu control - collapsed
Expanding Menu control - expanded

To add an Expanding Menu control to your UX component, select the [More...] item in the Data Controls category.


The Expanding Menu control is in the Data Controls section, because, like all Data Controls, it has a {dialog.object}.setValue() and a {dialog.object}.getValue() method. The 'value' of the current selection in the Expanding menu is defined by the 'value' property for each node in the tree (see below).

Then select the ExpandingMenu option from the dialog.


To configure the Expanding Menu control, click the smart field for the Control properties property.


This will bring up a genie where you can define the choices shown in the Expanding Menu and also set other properties.


To define the choices and sub-choices shown in the menu click on the smart field for the Menu data genie property.

This will bring up a dialog where you can type in your menu choices, using tab indents to indicate which menu choices are sub-choices.

For example, in the image below, the top level menu choices are:


Item1 and item2 hav3 sub-choices.


When you close the Add Item dialog, the Tree Data Genie is shown (see image below). This dialog allows you to set properties for each menu item in menu tree.


Properties that you can set include:


The HTML text show in the menu.


An optional icon shown to the left of the menu text.


An optional value that indicates what the value of the Expanding Menu control will be if this menu item is selected.

If you want to use Data Control methods, such as {dialog.object}.setValue() and {dialog.object}.getValue(), or the Expanding Menu's collapseMenu() method, you must define a Value for the menu items in the control.

Security groups

If using the Security Framework- the security groups that can see this menu item. If a menu item is hidden because it is not in the specified security group, the menu item and all of its children are hidden.

Server-side show/hide expression

An expression that is evaluated server-side to determine if the menu item should be shown. Server-side show/hide expressions typically involve session variables. Enter an expression that evaluates to .t. or .f.

Client-side show/hide Javascript

Javascript code that returns a true or false value. If the code returns false, the menu item (and all of its children) are now shown.

Expanding Menu Topics

Collapsing the Expanding Menu Selecting an Action

You can close a branch in the Expanding Menu when an action is triggered using the Expanding Menu's collapseMenu() method.

Dynamically Populating an ExpandingMenu Using Ajax Callbacks

The Expanding Menu control can be populated using server-side Xbasic. This allows you to create a dynamic menu at run-time based on data in a SQL database or computed from an Ajax Callback.

Expanding Menu Control Methods

The Expanding Menu control is a ViewBox control. You can use all of the standard ViewBox Methods with the Expanding Menu's JavaScript object. You can get a pointer to the Expanding Menu control's JavaScript object using the {dialog.object}.getControl() method:

var menuObj = {dialog.object}.getControl('EXPANDINGMENU_1');

In addition to the standard ViewBox methods, the following Expanding Menu object methods are available for working with the Expanding Menu control:

  • collapseMenu()

    Collapses a branch in the Expanding Menu. In order to use this function, you must define a value for the menu branches you want to collapse.

    var menuObj = {dialog.object}.getControl('EXPANDINGMENU_1');
    if (menuObj) {
        var menuNode = 'Clients';

    See Collapsing the Expanding Menu Selecting an Action to learn more.

Additional Functions and Methods

Inserting an Add-in Control

Add-in Controls are inserted using the More... option in the Data Controls section of the UX Builder.

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Select the control you would like to add and click OK.

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In addition to the controls that ship with Alpha Anywhere, you can also create your own add-in controls. See How to Create Add-in Controls to learn more.


Collapsing Menu When Selecting an Action

When you select the action on a leaf node in an Expanding Menu control, you might want to collapse the menu so that some or all of the expanded nodes are collapsed.

In this video, we show how an expanded node in an Expanding Menu control can be collapsed.

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Dynamically Populating an Expanding Menu with Ajax Callbacks

This video shows how you can dynamically populate an Expanding Menu control with data computed in an Ajax callback.

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