Tuesday, July 09, 2019

6 ways to recover deleted post

(If you are looking for help to recover deleted blog, refer to related posts or other related posts at the bottom of this post) .

Method 1
Method 2
Method 3
Method 4
Method 5

Blogger has introduced Undelete this blog for you to easily recover deleted blogs. Unfortunately there isn't a "Undelete post" yet. So if you accidentally deleted a post, how can you try to recover (undelete) the deleted post? There are a few ways, some which which depends on good memory or clever guesswork.

Method 1: Using Blogger feed

Go to Feedly.com and type in the post address (url) into the search box and if you can find the feed, you can copy-paste into Blogger. For full recovery, your feed should be set to full, otherwise you will just get a partial recovery.

Method 2

This method is applicable if you are still working on the same computer where you had prepared the post (or had viewed the deleted post). Just press ctrl+H to open a sidebar listing the browser history. Go to the part where you were editing the post copy-paste from the cached copy of the displayed post into a new post or continue to edit or publish the post:

browser history in sidebar

Alternative keyboard shortcut to call up the browser is shift+ctrl+H (shift+Cmd+H for MAC OS).

Method 3

This method is applicable if you have not closed the tab or window where you had been preparing the deleted post (or had viewed the deleted post). Just keep pressing the BACK button till you get back to the point where you were editing the post (or had viewed the post).

Method 4

Try to find a cached copy of the deleted post on the Web and restore the post from the cached copy. Type into Google search box

cache:address (URL) of the deleted post or some keywords from the deleted post to try to find cached copies on the net.

If the search throws up a result, click the link cached (see screen shot below) to open the cached webpage and either reconstruct a fresh post with the content from that cached webpage.

SERP resulting from searching for recover accidentally deleted post - how

Another possibility is to try the Way Back Machine. For demonstration, I typed in the old pre-custom domain URL of this blog, namely http://blogger-tricks.blogspot.com into the Way Back Machine and this is what I obtained: archives of blogger-tricks.blogspot.com from Way Back Machine and below are the screen shots of the results:

screenshot of archive from Way Back Machine

and here is the screen shot of the October 8 2007 archive which showed no background color for the header and the old Google AdSense custom search box which if you compare with the current search box above, is different thus verifying that is is the actual archive of a page which now is non-existent on the Internet:

screen shot of October 8 2207 archived version of this blog

Once you have located a cached copy from the search engine, you can either copy the content and create a new post using the pasted content. However, the permalink (individual post URL) will be different from the original. If you don't want to recreate the post but want back the same permalink, then refer to Method 5: recover deleted post with original permalink.

Method 5

This is applicable even if you have no access to the computer where you had edited or viewed the deleted post, but you must have the URL (permalink) of the deleted post. If you don't have the URL, then you can try to guess the URL from the post title.

You will also need to know when the post was first published, or alternatively, can guess the date. This is because Blogger incorporates the date (year and month) when the post was first published.

Note also the URL ends with .html

For example, the title of this post is "Recover accidentally deleted post: How?". Now I haven't published the post yet, but I can guess that this post URL will be:


If you have or can guess the deleted post URL and you want to try to undelete the deleted post, you can try posting the post URL and your problem at Blogger Help Forum and hope to catch the attention of a Blogger Employee.

Refer to for Method 5

Method 6

I have not tested this method but may work if you have been backing up the blog regularly. If you have the backup xml file, you can first create a new empty blog then using the xml file, restore the blog with the deleted post, then try to find the deleted post and using its content republish it back to the original blog. Best if luck to you.

Related posts

Recover deleted blog (undelete blog)

How to recover accidentally deleted blog

How to recover deleted gmail or Google account.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Signed into Blogger but cannot find blog? Solution

There are lots of bloggers complaining when they sign into www.blogger.com they
1. cannot find their blog
2. cannot edit
3. cannot publish new post, etc.

One likely cause is this very common confusion due to the gmail ADD ACCOUNT feature.

If you click your Google profile photo/avatar when you are signed into your gmail account, you will see a drop down which would have a tab ADD ACCOUNT
And if you click ADD ACCOUNT, you will open a new tab in the same browser which will allow to to sign into a new gmail account.

gmail ADD ACCOUNT feature

Note: Your Blogger account in this browser is associated with the first gmail account which you first sign in. If in this tab where you are signed into, say, gmail 2, the Blogger dashboard will not be associated with gmail 2 but gmail 1. So you may go complaining how come you cannot find your blog, cannot edit, cannot publish new post etc.

The solution is to open a new browser and use this browser to sign into that gmail account which is associate with the Blogger account you want to edit, publish post etc.

Make sure you are signed into the right account by hovering your mouse over your profile icon and make sure it is the account that is associated with the blogs you want to access

Below I append with the answer I often give when bloggers ask for help with similar questions in case your case is similar to what is being asked:

Would you happen to have more than one Blogger/Google/gmail and signed into the wrong one
Take note that although you can add accounts for gmails in multiple tabs with only 1 browser, you will only be logged into that Blogger account which belong to the first Google/Blogger/gmail account in the first tab.

Perhaps what I can suggest is if you have more than 1 Blogger/Google/gmail account, you use more than 1 browser, each browser for different Blogger account.

Here is what you should do in greater details.
Open more than 1 browsers
Make sure you are signed out of every gmail/Blogger/google accounts in every browsers with only 1 tab. Maybe even clear cache and cookies in each browser if you want.
Then sign in with different Blogger account in each browser separately www.blogger.com
To make sure, click on your profile avatar at the top of the browser and make sure you are really signed into different Blogger account
Check the dashboard to see what blogs belong to what email

Hyperlink: Internal link, link to another spot in the same post

Suppose you are writing a long post and you want to link from a particular spot A to another spot B in the same post/webpage. The way to do this is (you will have to use the HTML mode of the post editor):

At A, write the code <a href="#XXXXX">some words to describe spot B</a>

For example, I want to link this spot to a spot with title Chapter 1 below. Here I write Chapter 1 (<a href="#chapter1">Chapter 1</a>)
Try clicking the highlighted Chapter 1 above and see what happen.

The at B, if there is a title, write the code <h2 id="xxxxx">"Title describing spot B</h2>

For example, I want visitors to land at spot below when they click the Chapter 1 above on the spot below, I will then write below:

Chapter 1

(<h2 id="chapter1">Chapter 1</h2>)
You would have ended up here when you click the Chapter 1 at the top.

The way to create an internal link (link to a different spot within the same post/webpage)

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 goo.gl to get a short url
Step 4: Go to www.blogger.com (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 goo.gl.

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 goo.gl (https://goo.gl/....)

Step 6. Log into www.blogger.com (Dashboard > Settings > Title

Step 7. Paste the code <img src="https://goo.gl/...." /< 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="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cX0mUoWgX1I/VkBZX_qOgAI/AAAAAAAACdk/FkZsB_U9f0A/s1600/Blogger%2Bhyperlink%2Bicon.jpg" imageanchor="1" ><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cX0mUoWgX1I/VkBZX_qOgAI/AAAAAAAACdk/FkZsB_U9f0A/s320/Blogger%2Bhyperlink%2Bicon.jpg" /></a>

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

Copy-paste the above into
https://goo.gl/, it gets shorten to

Replace the long image url (highlighted in red) with http://goo.gl/SnwIrj

The code to display the image then become
<img src="http://goo.gl/SnwIrj" /<

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 Blogger.com 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 Blogger.com 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. https://code.google.com/p/emoticony/wiki/Emoticons (looks promising as it is from google.com but didn't work out
2. http://character-code.com/emoticons-html-codes.php (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:
3. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys-taunting.php
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

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