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Thursday, 23 February 2012

How To Create Dropdown Menu For Labels Widget

A labels widget displays your post labels. Each label is linked to a page containing posts which fall under that label. Usually as your posts increases, so will your labels. If you don’t limit them, sooner or later your labels widget will take over your sidebar :)

Regain control of your sidebar, shrink the widget -by converting it into a dropdown (or is it a pulldown?) menu. Your labels widget size will be reduced to just one line! And only expand into a full list when you click it.

Before applying this hack, you must already have a Label widget installed. If you don’t have one, go to Design > Page Elements and add it.
Now let’s make the dropdown:

How To Create Dropdown Menu For Labels Widget

      • Go to Dashboard > Design > Edit HTML.
      • Back up your template.
      • Make sure you DO NOT tick the Expand Widget Templates checkbox.
      • Look for the following lines in your HTML code:

        <b:widget id='Label1' locked='false' title='Labels' type='Label'/>

        • Replace that line with this code:

        <b:widget id='Label1' locked='false' title='Categories' type='Label'> 
        <b:includable id='main'> 
        <b:if cond='data:title'> 
        <div class='widget-content'> 
        <select style='width:100%' onchange='location=this.options[this.selectedIndex].value;'> 
        <option>Click To Choose a Category</option> 
        <b:loop values='data:labels' var='label'> 
        <option expr:value='data:label.url'><> 
        <b:include name='quickedit'/> 

        • If you want change the width of the drop down menu then change this value width:100% to any percentage, or pixel (px).
        • To change the phrase “Click To Choose a Category” then find this line Click To Choose a Category  and replace it with your preferred phrase.
        • If you do not want to show post count at the end of each label then delete this line (<data:label.count/>) .
        Please post your queries and questions below in comments.


        1. Thank you! This is exactly what I was looking for!

        2. if i wish to show in this only desirable lables then wat to do??
          looking for jobs??

        3. Hi there :) Many thanks for the awesome widgets on your awesome bllog...i am in middle of designing my blog and your widgets with proper guidance is making my life a lot easier...Thanks again and God Bless...Keep up the good work my friend :)))

        4. hi there:

          I have recently moved to my own domain (hosted on blogger) from and the code "" is not found.. Can you suggest how I could get around this ??


        5. Is it possible to make this dropdown transparent or at least to change the background color from white so it better matches my layout?

        6. Thank you! Very very nice :) Shared your post :)

        7. i'm using template classic and my html doesn't have b: code...

          So can you teach me step by step?? thanks a lot..

          Sorry if my english bad...

        8. I tried but it did not work. This message is displayed-'Your template could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please make sure that all XML elements are closed properly.
          XML error message: The element type "b:section-contents" must be terminated by the matching end-tag "".
          Error 500'
          What to do?? plz help

        9. Thanks for this..exactly what i've been looking for.,

        10. Sorry Can't work Your code My Blog

          Please post new trick............

        11. My Blog not working drop down label When i click save show this massage [Error parsing XML, line 1326, column 13: The element type "b:section" must be terminated by the matching end-tag "".]

          how to solve?


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