In this third post, I will show how you can spice up the global navigation by add some CSS3. If you ever wanted to add some of the new CSS3 attributes like box-shadow or transitions to make some cool effects like animations this is a post for you. Now let’s change the look & feel for the global navigation in SharePoint Server to your heart’s desire!


This example is suitable for SharePoint Server onprem as well as for SharePoint Online. The navigation is built after a structured navigation, there’s no CSS to handle dropdowns. The following CSS code includes transitions, an animation effect that let an element gradually change from one style to another. With this technique you can give the navigation an extra layer of interactivity.

There’s a bunch of sites out there like CSS Deck, CSS-trick, SpeckyBoy, Smashing Magazine etc. where you can find snippets and tutorial to get going with the latest stuff on HTML 5 and CSS 3. Why not find an example and try to implement this in SharePoint. In this post I’ll show you how to take one of this example and modify this a bit to fit it into SharePoint’s markup. Take a look at this example: now let’s implement this one!

First of all, let’s wrap the SharePoint:AspMenu with a nav tag. Open your custom master and just add this two lines, start and end using the new HTML5 tag (nav) or an old good div if you prefer.

<SharePoint:AjaxDelta id="DeltaTopNavigation" BlockElement="true" CssClass="ms-displayInline ms-core-navigation" role="navigation" runat="server">
<SharePoint:DelegateControl runat="server" ControlId="TopNavigationDataSource" Id="topNavigationDelegate">
<asp:SiteMapDataSource ShowStartingNode="False" SiteMapProvider="SPNavigationProvider" id="topSiteMap" runat="server" StartingNodeUrl="sid:1002"/>
<asp:ContentPlaceHolder id="PlaceHolderTopNavBar" runat="server">
<nav id="nav">
<SharePoint:AspMenu ID="TopNavigationMenu" Runat="server" EnableViewState="false" DataSourceID="topSiteMap" AccessKey="<%$Resources:wss,navigation_accesskey%>" UseSimpleRendering="true" UseSeparateCss="false" Orientation="Horizontal" StaticDisplayLevels="2" AdjustForShowStartingNode="true" MaximumDynamicDisplayLevels="2" SkipLinkText="" />

And at last it’s time for the CSS:

.ms-core-navigation .ms-core-listMenu-horizontalBox li.static >  .ms-core-listMenu-item{
.ms-core-navigation .ms-core-listMenu-horizontalBox ul.static > li.selected > a > span > span{
#nav {
margin:4px auto;
#nav ul {
padding:0px 0px 1px 0px;
#nav ul li {
#nav ul li a {
font:21px/52px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
background-color: #0f6fb2;
background-image: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, from(rgb(15, 111, 178)), to(rgb(34, 65, 112)));
background-image: -webkit-linear-gradient(top, rgb(15, 111, 178), rgb(34, 65, 112));
background-image: -moz-linear-gradient(top, rgb(15, 111, 178), rgb(34, 65, 112));
background-image: -o-linear-gradient(top, rgb(15, 111, 178), rgb(34, 65, 112));
background-image: -ms-linear-gradient(top, rgb(15, 111, 178), rgb(34, 65, 112));
background-image: linear-gradient(top, rgb(15, 111, 178), rgb(34, 65, 112));
filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient(GradientType=0,StartColorStr='#0f6fb2', EndColorStr='#224170');
color: #fff;
text-decoration: none;
box-shadow:inset 0 1px 0 #0081bd,inset 0 2px 0 #0078b0,inset 0 3px 0 #0070a3, 0 0 10px rgba(0,0,0,0.2);
transition:all .2s ease-in;
-o-transition:all .2s ease-in;
-moz-transition:all .2s ease-in;
-webkit-transition:all .2s ease-in;
#nav ul li a {width: 140px}
#nav ul li:first-child a {
-webkit-border-top-left-radius: 5px;
-webkit-border-bottom-left-radius: 5px;
-moz-border-radius-topleft: 5px;
-moz-border-radius-bottomleft: 5px;
border-top-left-radius: 5px;
border-bottom-left-radius: 5px;
#nav ul li:last-child a {
-webkit-border-top-right-radius: 5px;
-webkit-border-bottom-right-radius: 5px;
-moz-border-radius-topright: 5px;
-moz-border-radius-bottomright: 5px;
border-top-right-radius: 5px;
border-bottom-right-radius: 5px;
}#nav ul li a:hover {
box-shadow:inset 0 1px 0 #0070a3,inset 0 0 30px 0 #142a4a;
text-shadow:0 1px 3px #143157;
border-bottom:5px solid #0e223d;
#nav ul li a span {
border-left:1px solid #143157;
border-right:1px solid #1563a3;
#nav ul li:first-child a span { border-left: none}
#nav ul li:last-child a span { border-right: none}

Please drop a comment if you have any questions

/ Christian