Headerless Menu


Users need to access the main sections of the site


Combine menus in a vertical menu using different visual clues instead of headers

From www.emerce.nl

Use when

The information structure of the site has two or more parts. The main part serves the primary purpose of the site. The other parts are more or less independent of the main part and serve a secondary purpose. The main part typically has too many sections for a horizontal menu and must therefore be displayed vertically. Most users will need to see the main part first.


The main part is placed at the top and has an accent visually so that it is perceived as the main part of the site. The other parts have a modest appearance so that they do not compete for attention with the main part.

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Since the main part contains many items, it should be displayed vertically. This rules out a horizontal menu for the remaining parts so they must be displayed vertically as well. The vertical order and the visual design are important to communicate the differences in importance. An important advantage is the fact that no separate headings are needed for the parts.

More Examples

This example from the Financieel Dagblad site shows two sections.

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2 comments have been added to this pattern

Nobody, 14th November 2007
Hi. There's a space at the link: http://www.welie.com/patterns/wireframes/combined-%20menu.ppt

This way it works http://www.welie.com/patterns/wireframes/combined-menu.ppt

http://liquiddietweightloss.googlepages., 26th May 2008
www.emerce.nl changed there menu

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