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In the previous tip, Collapsible Menus with Persistence, we made some simple jQuery to hide menus and keep them hidden in future page loads. But you may have some menus that you’d like to prevent that from happening on. With some small changes, we can do that.

First, we’ll make it so that the administration menu has the class “no hide”:

Then we’ll use .not() to change the jQuery to not apply to in the click function:

Now add the document load, so that if there is a cookie hiding these submenus for some reason, it won’t be applied:

And that’s it!

If you’re using this on a CMS you’ll want to avoid needing awkward code to test each dynamic menu, so you need to make a modification to our solution. Rather than changing the structure for a specific menu, you can alter the code to instead look for an element with the .nohide class inside the submenu container.

Let’s add an empty span with “nohide” in the administration menu:

Then change the .not() to focus on any that have a .nohide element, using :has():

And likewise changing the $(document).ready:

You have now gained a lot of flexibility with this widget, and you can easily customize it for other functionality.

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  Ryan Macklin is freelance front-end developer, specializing in jQuery, JavaScript, PHP, HTML and CSS. He spends his off-hours as a freelance writer, editor and game designer, and maintains a blog revolving around game design and being a freelance writer & editor at

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