# Left menu in the navbar

## Introduction

By default with shinydashboard, all elements included in the navbar will be displayed on the right side. shinydashboardPlus has a new option to add elements in the left part of the navbar. You just have to pass the “left_menu” argument to the dashboardHeaderPlus() function. All elements should be embbeded in a tagList(), as shown below.

 library(shiny)
library(shinyWidgets)
library(shinydashboard)
library(shinydashboardPlus)

shinyApp(
ui = dashboardPagePlus(
enable_rightsidebar = TRUE,
rightSidebarIcon = "gears",
dropdownButton(
label = "Controls",
icon = icon("sliders"),
status = "primary",
circle = FALSE,
sliderInput(
inputId = "n",
label = "Number of observations",
min = 10, max = 100, value = 30
),
prettyToggle(
inputId = "na",
label_on = "NAs keeped",
label_off = "NAs removed",
icon_on = icon("check"),
icon_off = icon("remove")
)
),
type = "messages",
messageItem("Support Team", "This is the content of a message.", time = "5 mins"),
messageItem("Support Team", "This is the content of another message.", time = "2 hours"),
messageItem("New User", "Can I get some help?", time = "Today")
)
),
taskItem(value = 20, color = "aqua", "Refactor code"),
taskItem(value = 40, color = "green", "Design new layout"),
taskItem(value = 60, color = "yellow", "Another task"),
taskItem(value = 80, color = "red", "Write documentation")
)
),
sidebar = dashboardSidebar(),
body = dashboardBody(
),
rightsidebar = rightSidebar(),
title = "DashboardPage"
),
server = function(input, output) { }
)

This new feature perfectly works with the dropdownButton() from shinyWidgets packages by dreamRs (as long as the screen size is large enough), as well as the classic dropdownMenu() from shinydashboard. It works less with other individual elements, for a space reason, mainly. Indeed, a sliderInput() would not be optimized to be inserted in the header because of the label which takes too much space. This would require some CSS tricks, namely, reducing the slider size, and this is not the philosophy of shinydashboardPlus to change basic shiny elements.

## Improved dropdownMenu()

The new function dropdownBlock() make it easy to embed input elements in a left navbar menu. It does not hide when the user click inside but only outside and is optimized to correctly render with mobiles (contrary to dropdownButton(), see above).

library(shiny)
library(shinyWidgets)
library(shinydashboard)
library(shinydashboardPlus)

shinyApp(
ui = dashboardPagePlus(
enable_rightsidebar = TRUE,
rightSidebarIcon = "gears",
dropdownBlock(
id = "mydropdown",
title = "Dropdown 1",
icon = "sliders",
sliderInput(
inputId = "n",
label = "Number of observations",
min = 10, max = 100, value = 30
),
prettyToggle(
inputId = "na",
label_on = "NAs keeped",
label_off = "NAs removed",
icon_on = icon("check"),
icon_off = icon("remove")
)
),
dropdownBlock(
id = "mydropdown2",
title = "Dropdown 2",
icon = "sliders",
prettySwitch(
inputId = "switch4",
label = "Fill switch with status:",
fill = TRUE,
status = "primary"
),
prettyCheckboxGroup(
inputId = "checkgroup2",
label = "Click me!",
thick = TRUE,
choices = c("Click me !", "Me !", "Or me !"),
animation = "pulse",
status = "info"
)
)
),
taskItem(value = 20, color = "aqua", "Refactor code"),
taskItem(value = 40, color = "green", "Design new layout"),
taskItem(value = 60, color = "yellow", "Another task"),
taskItem(value = 80, color = "red", "Write documentation")
)
),
sidebar = dashboardSidebar(),
body = dashboardBody(
)