How to make main navigation links on a Bootstrap dropdown menu clickable on desktop only and open on hover


I’ve been building WordPress sites for awhile now and I’ve always wanted to make the top level links on a Bootstrap dropdown menu clickable. So I’m currently busy building a WooCommerce theme and thought that now is the time do do it.

I Googled for some solutions on how to do it. I hoped that there would be a solution built into Bootstrap for this but unfortunately not. So I’m going to keep this short and just get right to it.

Javascript to make top level dropdown links clickable on the Bootstrap Navigation for desktop only

Just add this to your code where you call your Javascript. It will target the bootstrap menu classes.

$(window).on("load resize",function() {
    if($(window).width() >= 768) {
    } else {

How to make the Bootstrap dropdown menu show on mouse hover

Just add this CSS that overwrites your Bootstrap CSS

Normal CSS

.navbar-nav li:hover .dropdown-menu {
    display: block;

If you’re using LESS

.navbar-nav {
    & .li {
        &:hover {
            & .dropdown-menu {
                display: block;

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