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Most Frequent Blogger Questions


This blog outgrew the original intended 20 Questions & Answers and is now approximately 210 Q&A. I never did figure out which were the 20 most important ones.

I don't know more than I know--sometimes I know even less!
Click to see the incredible list,

All The Things I Don't Know!

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Kick-starting The Blog
1. Refresh (F5) or Ctrl-F5
2. Clear cache (delete temporary Internet files) and cookies in Tools-Internet Options.
3. Add a question mark to the end of your blog's internet address in the address box and see if it will show the latest update. (Can also be done with other people's url's in the address window.)
4. Republish (if in classic Blogger)
5. Reboot
6. Log out and log back in again (may change to an untroubled server)
7. Change or reload the browser (IE, Firefox, others)
8. Try a different computer, or see if you can duplicate the problem or avoid it in a post in another blog (make a test blog, whether in the same account or a second account, that's not public so nobody will see you screwing around!)

---Not necessary to do all of these at once!---

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Change Color And Font

Steps 1--10 to change a font or color in New Blogger
1. go to the Dashboard
2. click on the Page Elements tab.
3. look up above and click on Fonts And Colors. You'll see a list.
4. on the left side click on which area you want to change color.
5. on the right side click the correct color for that text area.
6. on the left side you may have to scroll down for the font list.
7. then on the left click on which area you want to change text in.
8. on the right side click on the font, size, bold, italics you want.
9. in 4-7 above you can see the changes in the small view window at the bottom of the screen. Sometimes it has a glitch and won't show, but you can make the changes anyway if you are confident of yourself. You will see the change (or not) when you return to View Blog. If you're not confident, try again later.
10. be sure to Save Changes before you exit.

Things you can change in the list include:

Text Color
Blog Title Color
Post Title Color
Sidebar Title Color
Date Header Color
Text Font
Blog Title Font
Blog Description Font
Sidebar Title Font
Date Header Font

Some detail about Text Fonts:

Text color is the first in the vertical list, but "text font" is sixth; if you click that link, a list of fonts (not previously showing) should appear in place of the color boxes out to the right. Furthest to the right are boxes to check for Smaller, Larger, Bold, and Italic. If you still aren't seeing what you expect, never underestimate the value of "clearing the cache and cookies".

Body (or background) Color

Oddly enough, to change the blog's background color requires going into the template. See if you find a section resembling this from one of my blogs:

body {
background:oldlace; url("xxxhttp://www.blogblog.com/harbor/rocks.jpg") no-repeat right bottom;
font:x-small Georgia, Serif;
font-size/* */:/**/small;
font-size: /**/small;

or, similarly, this is the code for this blog:

body {
line-height: 1.5em;
font: x-small Trebuchet MS, Verdana, Arial, Sans-serif;
font-size/* */:/**/small;
font-size: /**/small;

It's the "body" where you want to make the change or else create the color. Find or alter the color statement--whether you use a number or name doesn't matter. If you have to add the "background: color;", just be sure it's inside the brackets like you see in the two examples above.


Saturday, May 12, 2007

How To Change Your Password

  1. Click on Customize in the Navbar or otherwise get to the Dashboard screen.
  2. Click on "My Account".
  3. Locate "Security"
  4. Find "Change password" at the far right of "Security".


Sunday, May 06, 2007

Compose Mode Or Edit Html Mode?

Does your Blogger editing screen look "odd" or wrong?

Is it possible that your screen mode toggled from one to another, either Edit Html or Compose modes? That sometimes happens and people who have never selected the OTHER mode can't recognize what they're seeing. If so, the Blogger edit box has the two choices beside each other in the upper right corner (see screen shot below).

In Compose you can see the photos. You can relocate the image by dragging and dropping it.

In Edit Html you will see the code for the photos and will have to use Preview (or switch to the Compose mode) to see images. You can move it by using Cut and Paste on the code.

Is your "Compose Mode" turned on?
1. First go to Dashboard
2. Go to Manage: Settings.
3. Scroll down the page
4. look for "Show Compose Mode for all your blogs?"
5. Activate it by answering Yes.

Be sure to click on the big orange Save Settings a little bit further toward the bottom of the page.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Sidebar Labels List In Classic Blogger

In order to put a labels list in by hand in the sidebar of Classic templates:

Click on a label below your post and copy its URL from the address bar once the Permalink has opened. Then you can paste this code into the template sidebar :

name of label

< href="url of label Permalink">name of label</a>

When clicked on by visitors, they'll be provided all relevant posts to scroll through, one after another--but not a concise list of titles.