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A dropdown allows the user to select one or several options from a list. Great to use when there are many fixed choices and you have limited space.


Short description

Standard dropdown

The standard dropdown allows a user to select one value from a series of options.


Dropdown Multi-select allows multiple selection and is commonly used in forms and filters.

  • “Search” is optional and could be used when there are a long list of options.
  • “Select all” in the search result view is also optional and should only be used if there is a good use case.
Light mode dropdown variations

Light mode variations

Dark mode variations

Dark mode variations




Sort the list by placing the most important or common choices in the top. If there is no internal order, sort alphabetically or numerically.

If the list is sorted alphabetically and very long, the most common choice can be at the top. For instance, when a user is asked to choose nationality.


Do's and don'ts

  • Have the label visible when the dropdown is open. Labels provide scope and direction by reminding users what they are choosing. 
  • A default option can be used if it is very likely that users will select that option.
  • Use dropdown if you have more than 3 options. If less than 3 options, use checkboxes, radiobuttons or toggle selector instead.


  • Don't use dropdowns for data that is highly familiar to your users. Users are most likely faster when typing in familiar data than to select the option in a dropdown.
  • Try to avoid very long lists that require scrolling.



Multiple selections

If the user can choose several values in a dropdown, it is preferable that this is indicated in the label.

Concise values

The values in the dropdown must be as short and self-evident as possible.


When there is no default option in a dropdown, the first value (which can’t be chosen) should give information about what the user is supposed to choose, for example Choose type of employment. In these cases, we also need an error message, in case the user tries to proceed without choosing an option.

Upper and lower case

Don’t start each word in headings and labels with upper case. Only use upper case in:

  • The first letter of the first word
  • The first letter of proper names
  • Abbreviations



  • The expanded list with options is generally the same width as the dropdown.
  • Follow the grid when deciding the width of the dropdown.
  • If content in the list of options is wider than the dropdown, the list will increase in width.

See the component in Figma for details.


Dropdown states

Option in list states

Option in list states

Dropdown light mode states

Dropdown light mode states

Dropdown dark mode states

Dropdown dark mode states



  • Label: 16 px Medium, line height 20
  • Information text: 14 px Medium, line height 20
  • List options text: 16 px Regular, line height 20
  • List option text hover & selected: 16 px Medium, line height 20



  • Fontawesome: Chevron down, Chevron up Light
  • Light mode colour: Base 800
  • Dark mode colour: Dark Blue 1


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