Monday, February 14, 2005



I'm stuck in meetings all day, but I just checked the site, and when I updated my template last night I must've missed my sidebar screwing up, where it now cuts off all but the Profile Picture on a pretty basic resolution.

Here's the deal: I'm such an incompetent blogger, I don't know how to fix my template without doing trial and error (please don't tell Jennifer that, she'd kill me). Trouble is, I don't have the time to do it. . . So, anyone know which line do I need to fix/change to expand my sidebar so it takes up a bit more space on the left?

Just paste the code in the comments. . . You'll earn a Garfield Ridge No-Prize for your efforts.

You need a new Flux Capacitor
Hey Dave,

Up in the top of your template, you'll see a line like this:

div#sideBar{margin:20px 0px 0px 1em;padding:0px;text-align:left;}

Replace that with this:

div#sideBar{margin:20px 0px 0px 1em; padding:0px; text-align:left; width: 150px;}

Change the 150 to however wide you want to make it!
I suggest fixing it so that it goes back to how it was before it gt all screwed-up like.

If this is too technical, just call me and I'll try to walk you through it step-by-step.

John from WuzzaComputerTypeGuy
First suggestion:

1. WHENEVER you start futzing with your template in Blogger, FIRST go to the template itself using Dashboard, select all the text in the Template "window", right-click and choose COPY. (Which puts a copy of the template in the Windows "clipboard".)

2. THEN minimize all your open Windows to the Task Bar (right-click on a blank area of the Task Bar, and choose Show the Desktop), and then choose a blank area in the middle of your Desktop, right-click again, and choose New --> Text document. Give it a "name", like DAVETMPLT1.TXT for instance.

3. THEN open the new text document you just created, right click in the body of the document, and choose Paste. Save the file & close.

4. Repeat this is often as you make changes more problems like this, since you've always got a "backup" copy on your desktop to replace over your changes. (I make different copies as I go along, in case my system crashes, or Blogger freezes up or something, so I don't lose my in-progress changes.)

Matt's already given the correct answer. Although, you might want to try width: 20%; rather then a certain number of pixels, which will allow a variable width, depending upon the browser & the screen resolution of the person viewing the page. least, it couldn't hurt to try a percentage (that's what I use in the div#mainClm, since in the Blogger template I use, my main text is on the LEFT side of the screen, and the sidebar on the RIGHT side of the screen gets the remaining percentage of the width: 72%; value I use for it). Try it!

Thanks, that works great.


Really? You mean I can save a copy of my template? Wow, I never thought of that.

(Dripping sarcasm).

Hey, I'm new to Blogger-- NOT computers ;-).

Anyways, my problem with cycling back to the way it was had everything to do with me being at work when the problem presented itself-- hence, well removed from my backup copy of my template sitting on my home computer.

However, I do appreciate the sentiment!

Thanks all!
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