Saturday, November 28, 2015

How to make Google Drive file private

If you want to make a file in your Google Drive and only invited people can view, there is a way to do it.

1. Click the SHARE tab at the top right corner

2. After clicking SHARE, you will get a pop-up. Click the down arrow and choose CAN VIEW, then type in the email addresses of those people you allow to view

3. Click the tab DONE after you have type in the email addresses, and now if someone not invited try to open the file to view, he or she will see a YOU NEED PERMISSION message:

Monday, November 09, 2015

How to display image in blog title

Step 1: Upload image to the web, eg, using the Blogger post editor
Step 2: Get the image url which if you use Blogger would be a long url
Step 3: Shorten the long image url using to get a short url
Step 4: Go to (Dashboard > Settings > Basic > Title: add this code
<img src="shortened image url" />
to the blog title, position as per your reference

Elaboration of the steps described above

Step 1. Upload the image, among possibilities, create a post using the HTML mode of the Blogger post editor. (this post can be saved as draft if you do not want it to be visible)

Step 2. In the post, look for a batch of code starting with <img src="http://......" /<. Type ctrl+F and search for src to quickly find the image address/url

Step 3. It is likely the http://.... will be a long web address/url. Shorten it using

Step 4. From Step 3. Copy from there the code <img src="http://......." /< into Notepad where the http://...... is a long web address/url

Step 5. In Step 4, replace the long http://..... web address/url with the shortened url from (

Step 6. Log into (Dashboard > Settings > Title

Step 7. Paste the code <img src="" /< in front or behind the blog title depending on your preference.

Step 8. Save arrangement

Example: how the tiny image was added to Testing Blogger Beta
After uploading the image at test image
The code displaying the image is

<a href="" imageanchor="1" ><img border="0" src="" /></a>

The highlighted image web address/url (highlighted in red) is

Copy-paste the above into, it gets shorten to

Replace the long image url (highlighted in red) with

The code to display the image then become
<img src="" /<

Add this img tag to the Blog Title.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

How to install LinkWithin gadget to Blogger

LinkWithin has changed the way we install their Related posts widget to a blog. This is how you should do it. First, go to LinkWithin website. Copy-paste your blog address/url into the relevant field and select how many related posts you want to display (see screenshot below):

How to get Linkwithin gadget
How to get Linkwithin gadget
Then click GET WIDGET! Once you have done this, the LinkWithin gadget will be added to the list of gadgets for your blog.

After clicking GET WIDGET! a page will popup showing the LinkWithin gadget in your Dashboard:

Add LinkWith gadget in Blogger Dashboard
Add LinkWith gadget in Blogger Dashboard

Now click ADD WIDGET, and the LinkWithin widget will be added to the list of gadgets in your blog LAYOUT, probably in your sidebar.

Now hover your mouse cursor over the LinkWithin gadget in the LAYOUT till a cross-hair appears. Click and drag the widget into whatever position you desired, recommended is in the BLOG POST section in the middle, below the post:

Dragging LinkWithin gadget into position, preferred is below post
Dragging LinkWithin gadget into position, preferred is below post

Thursday, June 11, 2015

How to add emoticons in Blogger

If you search for HTML codes for emoticons so that you can use those HTML codes in your Blogger posts, you may find various websites giving you the codes. However most codes would not work with Blogger such as
1. (looks promising as it is from but didn't work out
2. (some supposedly works with Safari browser but my Safari for Windows browser could not interpret, perhaps Safari for Mac may work but I don't know since I don't have a Mac computer.

The one I found:
gives you HTML code to use with Blogger post editor in the HTML mode
but as tested at Testing emoticon codes for some reason didn't work with Blogger post editor rejecting it as
Your HTML cannot be accepted: Closing tag has no matching opening tag: A

The way around the above problem is to
Method 1:
Copy their emoticon URL then use the url in an img tag like
<img src="emoticon url" />

Drawback will be your emoticon will remain as long as that website remains online. If they remove that emoticon, your emoticon will become an empty box

Workaround. Copy-paste their emoticon URL into the browser address bar. This will display the emoticon on a webpage. Right-click on the emoticon, select SAVE IMAGE AS then safe in gif format in your computer.

Open Blogger post editor in HTML mode, click the UPLOAD PICTURE icon from the toolbar, select the newly saved .gif image, then upload and publish.

You can see some result at Testing emoticon codes

Monday, May 11, 2015

How to enable meta description for blog and posts

Meta description for both blog and post for Blogger is disabled by default. It is good for SEO as well as increasing the chance that people searching for something related to your blog or posts will click on the search results to get to your blog and posts.

With this default set, when you compose a post, you will not see an option to enter search description for a post and typically this screenshot would show the missing field for search description in the right sidebar of the post editor:

Blogger Search Description for post not enabled

You will see a change when you enable meta description for your blog as shown below.

When you sign into
Dashboard > Settings > Search preferences
you will see that meta tag for description for the blog is disabled:

Blogger enable meta search description for blog

Click EDIT, the tick ENABLE SEARCH DESCRIPTIONS? (.) Yes, then enter a suitable search decription for the blog then click SAVE

Now when you open the post editor to compose a post, you will notice a difference in the right sidebar. A new section for SEARCH DESCRIPTION will be added for you to enter a suitable search description for the post (see screenshot below):

Blogger Search Description for post enabled

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

How: embed calculator into blog post or sidebar

It is easy to embed a working calculator into a blog post or the sidebar. Just copy the calculator gadget/widget code below into the post editor in the HTML mode or log into
Dashboard > Layout > Add a gadget > HTML/Javascript gadget
and paste the following code into the HTML/Javascript gadget field making sure to change the width and height values (highlighted in red) to values suitable for your blog main column width or the sidebar width, publish or save and it is done:

<iframe width="590" height="390" src="" scrolling="no" style="border: 1px solid #silver; ">
<br />
<a href="">Web 2.0 scientific calculator</a>


Web 2.0 scientific calculator

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How to put AdSense ads in Blogger blog

Once you have an approved AdSense account, there are 2 ways to add AdSense ads in your blog

Method 1: Direct via Blogger Adsense gadget

Sign into
Dashboard > Layout > Add a gadget > Add an AdSense gadget

Blogger Adsense gadget

Then in Layout, drag the newly added AdSense gadget to wherever you want and SAVE.

Method 2: Indirect via AdSense codes

Sign into and click MY ADS at the top left, then +New ad unit, then select the ad unit you want.
After selecting the ad unit, at the bottom, click SAVE AND GET CODE

Now go to
Dashboard > Layout > Add a gadget > HTML/Javascript gadget
Paste the AdSense code into the gadget
Drag the gadget to where you want and save.

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