The mat-menu component is used to create a menu in Angular applications following the Material Design guidelines. It typically consists of a trigger element (e.g., a button) and a hidden menu that appears when the trigger is interacted with (e.g., clicked).

Before writing code in our HTML components, we initially imported and declared the MatMenuModule in "groups.module.ts".

import {MatMenuModule} from '@angular/material/menu';

  declarations: [
    // code here
  imports: [
  exports: [

Here's a breakdown of the mat-menu component:

Trigger Element: The trigger element is the UI element that, when interacted with, opens the associated menu. It can be any clickable element like a button or an icon. In the example from before, the trigger element is a button with the [matMenuTriggerFor] directive pointing to the mat-menu.

<button mat-icon-button [matMenuTriggerFor]="menu" id="group-actions" tabindex="0" (click)="addTelemetry('kebab-menu')">

Menu Content: The content of the menu is defined within the <mat-menu> tags. You can include various items inside the menu, such as mat-menu-item for clickable items within the menu.

<mat-menu #menu="matMenu">
  <div *ngIf="groupData?.isAdmin">
    <div *ngIf="groupData?.active">
      <button mat-menu-item (click)="editGroup();addTelemetry('edit-group', '', { type: UPDATE_GROUP})" tabindex="0">{{resourceService?.frmelmnts?.lbl?.editGroup}}</button>
      <button mat-menu-item (click)="toggleModal(true, 'deActivate')" tabindex="0">{{resourceService?.frmelmnts?.btn?.deactivategrp}}</button>
      <button mat-menu-item (click)="enableDiscussionForum()" tabindex="0" *ngIf="forumIds.length === 0">{{resourceService?.frmelmnts?.lbl?.enableDiscussionForum}}</button>
  <div *ngIf="groupData?.isCreator">
    <button mat-menu-item class="color-warn" (click)="toggleModal(true, 'delete');" tabindex="0">{{resourceService?.frmelmnts?.lbl?.deleteGroup}}</button>

Configuration: You can configure the menu by using various options. For example, you can use [xPosition] and [yPosition] to control the position of the menu, and [hasBackdrop] to specify whether clicking outside the menu should close it.

<mat-menu #menu="matMenu" [xPosition]="'before'" [yPosition]="'below'" [hasBackdrop]="false">
  <!-- menu items go here -->

The anticipated output is as follows:

Menu with custom styles

To apply custom styles, we create an HTML class named "custom-menu" and by utilizing this class, we override the existing styles.

<mat-menu #menu="matMenu" class="custom-menu"> 
    <!-- menu items go here -->
  &.mat-menu-panel {
    box-shadow: 0 0.1875rem 0.3125rem 0.25rem #0000000d;
    padding: 0.5rem;
    border-radius: 1rem;
    .mat-menu-content {
      padding: 0;
      .mat-menu-item {
        font-size: .875rem;
        height: 36px;
        line-height: 36px;
        border-radius: 1rem;
        &:hover {
            background: var(--color-primary-50);

And the expected result is

Remember to check the official Angular Material Menu documentation for the latest features and detailed information.

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