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How to Change Height of RadMenu

The following tutorial demonstrates how you can alter the height of the RadMenu while preserving all of the hover effects that are applied.

Q: I want to increase the height of the RadMenu. For example I need the root Items and the child Items to be 5px higher than their original state.How can I do that?

A: One way would be to use our Visual Style Builder to create your customized skin. However, the limitations of this approach are that the nicely shaped rounded corners of the RadMenu control will be lost as well as the different effects that are usually applied when using a sprite image. The second approach is when using some of the predefined Telerik skins. Since our skins are based on sprite images, in order to change the height one will need to change the whole sprite image of the control. Below is a full explanation of how this could be achieved and what the various elements of the RadMenu sprite are used for.

Prepare the Project

  1. Create a new Web site using Visual Studio.

  2. Drag and drop a RadMenu control.Create RadMenu

  3. Add RadScriptManager.

  4. Build RadMenu control.Build RadMenu

Prepare the External Skin and Image Folder

  1. Create a new folder called MySkin

  2. Copy the Menu folder that contains the sprite images of the RadMenu control and paste it to the Myskin folder.

  3. Copy the Menu.Default.css style sheet file and place it in the MySkin folder.


With the default installation of the ASP.NET AJAX control the file path will typically be similar to this example: \Program Files\Progress\UI for ASP.NET AJAX RX YYYY\Skins\Default.

  1. Change the name of the file Menu.Default.css file to Menu.MySkin.css.

  2. Drag and drop the Menu.MySkin.cssfile from the Solution Explorer onto your Web page.Drag and drop the css file

  3. Set the EnableEmbeddedSkins property of the RadMenu control to False.

  4. Change the Skin property of your RadMenu control to "MySkin".

  5. Open the Menu.Default.css and replace all of the RadMenu_ Default instances with RadMenu_MySkin and save the file.Ffind and replace css class name

  6. Run the application. The new "MySkin" skin looks just like the Default skin:Default RadMenu look

Getting Straight to the Point - Alter the Sprite Image so that we can Change the Height of the RadMenu Control

Now that we have an external skin of our own, we can start changing it to fit our needs. However, if you are not very experienced with Photoshop it might take a little longer than expected since you will need to alter many of the elements of the sprite image. To make things a bit clearer here is a descriptive sprite image that is used for the RadMenu control. In general all of the sprites for the RadMenu follow a very similar pattern therefore no matter which sprite image we will take the states will be very similar if not identical to the image below.

RadMenu Sprite Description

Using Css Class Selectors

Now that we are done with the sprite images, a relatively easy part remains – fixing the skin CSS to support the new sprite height we have made. First thing you need to do is simply get the modified image and overwrite the current one that is located in the MySkin\Menu folder. Then switch to your editor and open the CSS file. Now we need to adjust the default height (that is 25px) of the RadMenu items. Add the following CSS rules somewhere in your CSS file, let’s say at the end:

/*changes line height for the root menu items*/
.RadMenu_MySkin .rmHorizontal .rmRootLink span.rmText{
      height: 30px;
/*changes height for the child menu items */
.RadMenu .rmVertical .rmText,
.RadMenu .rmHorizontal .rmVertical .rmText {
         height: 30px;

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