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My nav li are stretching outside their parents even though their width is set to max width 100%, does anyone know why?

I have a drop down menu and I noticed when it appeared a scroll bar appeared. I set it to display block so its constantly visible and changed its background color to red and I changed its parent's background color to blue, the drop down menu is taking up the width of its parent like it should but it looks like its parent the nav li with the class of main-nav are stretching out side its parent and taking the dropdown menus with the classes of sub nav with it. Does anyone know why main nav is stretching out side its parent?


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That would be tricky and could have affect on responsive of your website. I recommending change this value to relative and don't worry about how drop down gonna works. When you going to add display none for those elements that should not change nothing there or if do you can also style nav list item separately right? There is tone of ways. For example if somehow after hide drop down something gonna crash you can use visibility property to handle this (display: none has affect for your content and position of this content when visibility still keep content on right place). But generally I wouldn't worry of drop down now and if you do that properly everything going to works fine.


The reason why you have stretched navigation items is because you did absolute position for parent element like .sub-nav. This mean you took this block out of scope and parent wrapper does not keeping width for this block no more.

Remove position: absolute from .sub-nav and it's gonna be ok.

PS. You can change this position to relative and it's also help.

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Thanks appreciate it :), is there a way to fix it without changing the position value. I feel like that might keep the drop down menu from working properly once its change back to display none.