I am trying to solve the same problem as this question here - How to Close SLDS Dropdown Menu when clicked outside in Lightning Component?

There does not seem to be an official answer for this question.

I am new to Stack Exchange so I can't comment on the other question, hence I am posting this question.

Does anyone have any new information regarding this issue?

I have tried the tabIndex="0" approach on the div -

<div tabIndex="0" onblur="{!c.exitMultiSelect}"  class="slds-combobox_container slds-p-left_xx-small slds-p-right_xx-small zslds-size_small">


  • Welcome to SFSE! Thanks for including a link to provide context. If you have any code, though, of what you've tried, could you please edit your question and include that code? Make sure you use the {} button to format your code for legibility. – sfdcfox Jun 5 '18 at 5:43
  • I have tried using the tabIndex="0" onblur approach on the div in my component. Thanks, I edited the code. – user57279 Jun 5 '18 at 5:50
  • Hi, Can you clarify? Is it a custom lookup? Which shows another component as a drop-down. And you are trying to close it when clicked outside of this drop-down? – Vivek Makkar Aug 10 '18 at 11:07

Just use the onblur event and $A.util.toggleClass or $A.util.removeClass like so:


<aura:component implements="force:appHostable,flexipage:availableForAllPageTypes">

    <aura:attribute name="options" type="List"/>
    <aura:handler name="init" value="{!this}" action="{!c.doInit}"/>

    <div class="slds-dropdown-trigger slds-dropdown-trigger_click slds-is-open" aura:id="myMenu">
        <lightning:buttonIcon iconName="utility:down" variant="border-filled" alternativeText="Show More" onclick="{!c.showHide}" onblur="{!c.hideOnBlur}"/>
        <div class="slds-dropdown slds-dropdown_left">
            <ul class="slds-dropdown__list" role="menu" aria-label="Show More">
                <aura:iteration items="{!v.options}" var="item" indexVar="i">
                    <li class="slds-dropdown__item" role="presentation">
                        <a href="javascript:void(0);" role="menuitem" tabindex="0">
                            <span class="slds-truncate" title="{!item.label}">{!item.label}</span>


Controller JS

    doInit: function(component, event, helper) {
        var options = [
            {'label': 'Label1', 'value': 'Value1'},
            {'label': 'Label2', 'value': 'Value2'},
            {'label': 'Label3', 'value':'Value3'}
        component.set("v.options", options);
        helper.showHide(component, event, helper);

    showHide : function(component, event, helper){
        helper.showHide(component, event, helper);

    hideOnBlur : function(component, event, helper){
        var myMenu = component.find('myMenu');
        $A.util.removeClass(myMenu, 'slds-is-open');


Helper JS

    showHide : function(component, event, helper){
        var myMenu = component.find('myMenu');
        $A.util.toggleClass(myMenu, 'slds-is-open');


    hideOnBlur : function(component, event, helper){
            var myMenu = component.find('myMenu');
        /*Without timeout Click function on the menu list won't trigger
       closes the menu before it could trigger */
                $A.getCallback(function() {
             }), 250);
  • I don't think that is really necessary. It worked for me without the timeout. But anyway, I am glad you got it to work! – Lightning Evangelist Aug 9 '18 at 17:59
  • yeah actually wrote an onclick event on values inside the menu without timeOut. It just closes and never triggers the onclick event.- you cool big thanks to you – SFDC Aug 10 '18 at 5:02

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