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In short, you're right Most users just want to navigate one obvious step at a time. If you give them a menu that feels like it needs to be "closed," then they don't want to have any unnecessary actions bundled into their obvious prompt: "close". I think most would agree that your intuition is correct - allowing navigation simultaneous to closing a pop-up ...


I would just have the div closed. I think most people would not even think about where they are clicking, as long as it is outside of the popup. It can confuse them a lot to suddenly end up on a different page, in my opinion. So I think your take on this is correct.

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