Expand/collapse Sidebar with Button Widget?

08-24-2020 02:28 PM
New Contributor II

Is it possible to expand/collapse a sidebar with a button widget or any other button like widget?

For example, in the attached picture, I have a Survey123 widget nested in the "Second" sidebar and a map in the "First" sidebar. I have a button placed on the map that I would like to click and have it expand the sidebar with the Survey123 widget.

I tried to get cute by nesting a Section/View in the sidebar and linking the View to a Button to get it to expand the sidebar. Didn't work. Seems like it's not possible.

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Esri Regular Contributor

Hi James,

Unfortunately no. The ability to have a dynamic sidebar is something we would like to improve and this type of feature is in our enhancements list. An alternative is to add a window and add the survey widget in it and have the button open the window. It is basically a modal, so the focus will be on the survey. 


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New Contributor III

Hey @DavidMartinez

Just wondering if Esri has made any advancements with the dynamic sidebar.  Your original response is almost three years old now.  I hoped to find a way to do this but am not having any luck.

What I am trying to do is have my widgets stored in a sidebar and when a user clicks on the widget it automatically expands the siderbar to reveal the widget.

I found this app that illustrates what I am trying to do.  If you click on any of the five icons along the left hand side it automatically opens the sidebar.

GeologyOntario Spatial Search (arcgis.com)


MVP Regular Contributor

This custom widget contains code for auto opening and closing the sidebar. Maybe you can build something off of this.


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City of Arlington, Texas
New Contributor II

Thank you, David. That's a good suggestion!

I ended up moving the survey to a view within my fixed side-panel so I could still use a map without the survey window closing. Another alternative I found was to use the "widget" widget and add the survey widget as an icon - which brings up a portable survey window.

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