HTML <menuitem> Tag

The HTML <menuitem> tag contains commands/items with the help of which the user can invoke through a popup menu defined with the <menu> tag. This involves context menus, and menus that can be attached to a menu button.


The <menuitem> tag comes in pairs. The content is written between the opening (<menuitem>) and closing (</menuitem>) tags. The <menuitem> tag is nested inside the <menu> element.

Example of the HTML <menuitem> tag:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
      menuitem {
        display: block;
      <menuitem>ol – ordered list</menuitem>
      <menuitem>ul – unordered list</menuitem>
      <menuitem>menu – menu</menuitem>


menuitem example


Attribute Value Description
checked checked Defines that the command / menu item must be checked when the page is being loaded (used only for type = "radio" and type = "checkbox").
default default Marks command/menu item as a default command.
disabled disabled Defines, that the command/menu item must be disabled.
icon icon Defines an icon for the menu /command item.
label text Defines that the command / menu item will be displayed for the user. The attribute is required.
radiogroup groupname Defines the name of grouped commands, which will be toggled when commend/menu item is toggled. Used only for type = "radio".
type checkbox
Defines the type of command/menu item. The default value is command.

The <menuitem> tag supports the Global Attributes and the Event Attributes.

How to style <menuitem> tag?

Common properties to alter the visual weight/emphasis/size of text in <menuitem> tag:

  • CSS font-style property sets the style of the font. normal | italic | oblique | initial | inherit.
  • CSS font-family property specifies a prioritized list of one or more font family names and/or generic family names for the selected element.
  • CSS font-size property sets the size of the font.
  • CSS font-weight property defines whether the font should be bold or thick.
  • CSS text-transform property controls text case and capitalization.
  • CSS text-decoration property specifies the decoration added to text, and is a shorthand property for text-decoration-line, text-decoration-color, text-decoration-style.

Coloring text in <menuitem> tag:

  • CSS color property describes the color of the text content and text decorations.
  • CSS background-color property sets the background color of an element.

Text layout styles for <menuitem> tag:

  • CSS text-indent property specifies the indentation of the first line in a text block.
  • CSS text-overflow property specifies how overflowed content that is not displayed should be signalled to the user.
  • CSS white-space property specifies how white-space inside an element is handled.
  • CSS word-break property specifies where the lines should be broken.

Other properties worth looking at for <menuitem> tag:

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