how to highlight selected tab of master page in asp.net mvc3


i have created a master page with lots of effort but i am not able to figure out how to make my tab selected based on the user click. i have used one method to do that but finding very complicated as i have pass a viewdata from each of my controller which i dont like it, below is how i have done code in controller

ViewData["ActiveMenu"] = "Inbox";

and in my master page i have written a jquery like below to make the tab highlighted.

$('#lnkInbox').mouseout(function () { $('#aInbox').removeClass('aInbox-Hover'); $('#aInbox').addClass('aInbox'); //put hover effect on the selected menu var activeMenu = '<%:ViewData["ActiveMenu"] %>'; if (activeMenu == "Account") { $('#aAccount').removeClass('aAccount'); $('#aAccount').addClass('aAccount-Hover'); }});

this is how i am doing but is there any other way i can do that...

please suggest i have found one good link <a href="https://stackoverflow.com/questions/4728777/active-menu-item-asp-net-mvc3-master-page" rel="nofollow">active menu item - asp.net mvc3 master page</a> but the answer which is showed there i am not able understand how to i utilize in my code and where to write the code in my project.


Use the <a href="https://stackoverflow.com/questions/4728777/active-menu-item-asp-net-mvc3-master-page" rel="nofollow">answer you found</a>. To create helper class add new class to you project, i.e. like this

public static class LinkHelpers { //copy here the first block of code from the answer }

Add to your HomeController methods (probably you already have them):

public class HomeController : Controller { public ActionResult About() { return View() } public ActionResult Index() { return View() } }

Create respective views and add to your master page

<ul> <li>@Html.MenuLink("Main", "Index", "Home")</li> <li>@Html.MenuLink("About us", "About", "Home")</li> </ul>

And finally in your css file declare



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