How to find things in the Blogger theme editor

This article explains how to find things (gadgets or text) in the theme editor in Blogger.

Very often, when you edit your Theme in Blogger, you need to find a particular text.

For example, you might need to find all the places where “

There are now two tools you can use to find items in the theme editor:

  • The Jump to Widget tool if you are looking for a Widget
  • The search bar if you are looking for a text string.

More information on the use of each of these is given below.

How to use the Jump to Widget tool

First, you need to find the exact name for the widget / gadget that you need to find the code for. (To see Find the name of a gadget for a tip on how to do this).

Then, in the Theme editor (see Editing your Blogger Theme to find out how to get there), just choose the name you’re looking for from the drop-down list. (Click the arrow next to Jump to Widget to see the items in the list):

When you have selected an item from the list, the editing window of the template will move to the place where this gadget is listed in the code of the theme. It is usually placed in the second line of the editing window. For example, in the picture below, I chose to jump to the Followers1 gadget.

How to find any text in the theme editor

Click anywhere inside the Theme editor window: this is the rectangle that shows the code in your Theme. (It’s important to click here first, or the next command will work differently)

On your keyboard, press Ctrl/f: to do this, keep the control key (ctrl) and press the button f key

A search bar it will now show in the upper right corner of the theme editing window – like this:

Write the text you want to find in the search bar and press Enter.

The cursor moves to the first time the text appears.

To find the next place where the text appears, click on the search bar and press Enter again

Repeat as many times as you need to find the correct location.

When you are done with the search, click the X button to the right of the search bar to close it.

How to view details in a gadget or other piece of code

You can now find any text you need to find in the Blogger theme editor (previously called the Template editor).

But if you look carefully at the theme editing window you will see that sometimes there is a horizontal arrow on the left side of the code, and that the line numbers jump – like this:

This happens because some of the details are hidden, to make the theme code easier to work.

But you can use the arrow (called an expansion arrow) to see everything: Click on it and you will see that it has changed into a down arrow, and that the code window now shows some extra lines that were previously hidden.

You don’t always need to do this: some model modifications just say to find the code for a gadget and put extra instructions before and after. But others need to open the code of the gadget and make changes inside.

Job done! You can now find gadgets and text elements in your Blogger Theme – so you can continue editing.

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