Absolute Position with Horizontal Fill

The topic I am after was closed Absolute Positioning: Fill Horizontally. Starting a new thread in hopes something has changed.

I have an input field component that I have a dropdown on, it’s placed with absolute position. The component needs to be responsive; the input itself resizes but the dropdown does not. The “fill container” option is removed from the dropdown when absolute positioning is applied to it.
Image below.

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@Barnes_Alison_M When you set the dropdown to absolute positioning you should be able to adjust the width using constraints: “left and right”.

But you could also achieve the same responsiveness for the dropdown by just using auto-layout (fill-container) vs having it set to absolute positioning (see example file below).

Get Example File

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@Nate_G
Mate!
You are a lifesaver! This is a HUGE help. The team of designers using the design system I try to help out on will be blown away.
(sorry I hit edit file by mistake lol)
Thank you so much :smiley:

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Hi @Nate_G, Im late to the party I know! :slight_smile: but if you use auto complete and then use the component in an auto complete layout, lets say a form, when expanded the dropdown appearing moves the other elements down. That make sense? Not sure what the best way around this is? thanks

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@Kevin_Mitchell Set the master dropdown component’s height to the height of the dropdown field, then when you expand the dropdown’s options in an auto layout it will not push other elements down. But you’ll want to make sure that canvas stacking is set to “first on top”, that way the dropdown options will appear above the other elements in the auto-layout versus below (see video example).

Hope that helps!

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@Nate_G you are a super design wizard!! They need to put this tip right onto the Figma frontpage with credit :))))

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Glad it helped!

Hi Nate thanks for this, did you set the list to absolute here? Thanks Kevin

@Kevin_Mitchell I used the Auto-layout dropdown example from my previously shared figma file in the above video demo. But I could have also used the absolute position dropdown example in from that file, the concept is the same.

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Yep nice one, i change mine to be auto complete. thanks again!