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Dashboard Shortcut

It used to drive me crazy when I would be on one of my blogs' home pages and I would need to go to my dashboard. I would go through the 'New Post' or 'Design' links in the top right hand corner of the screen to get there. Only took about five seconds off my life, but it frustrated me that Blogger did not have a link to the dashboard directly from my blogs' home page.

Turns out there IS a link to the dashboard from a blog's home page! It is up on the Blogger nav bar (the thin strip that runs across the top of the blog with the search box).


To get to the dashboard from your blog's home page (or any other Blogger blog for that matter), all you have to do is click on the orange Blogger icon on the far left. If you are not logged in, you will be directed to the login page.

I about smacked myself in the head when I figured this out. How easy is that???????

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Linking Directly to an Email Address - Beginner

It's easy to link directly to an email address from a post or gadget on your blog. Here's how:

1. Open the post or gadget and type in exactly how you would like the sentence/phrase to look.
EX: Click here to order a makeover.

2. Highlight the word that you would like to link directly to your email address and click on the link button.

3. Erase everything in the box. Type in mailto: followed immediately by your email address. No spaces. :) Click OK.



4. Check the email address and make sure it works. This is important!

If you use Blogger's updated editor, all you have to do to put an email address in a post is type in the link, click on the link button and select 'this is an email address'. SUPER easy! :)

When your readers click on the direct link to your email address, they will be taken to a blank email form on the email service that they have assigned to automatically open with direct email links. In other words, some people will be able to write you an email straightaway, others will have to copy the email address in the form and paste it in a new message via their preferred email provider.

A note about safety: Linking directly to an email address will NOT protect it from spambots. To protect your email address from spambots, you'll need to avoid using the at and period signs (@ .) when sharing your email address anywhere on your blog. That's why you'll sometimes see people write their email addresses out like this: sneakymomma AT yahoo DOT com.

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Switching from Old Editor to Updated Editor

A couple of years ago, Blogger created a new editor. An editor (in blogspeak) is the place where you write your posts. The new editor had many great features, including the ability to link to an email address and more photo options. Despite these time-saving additions, many bloggers (myself included) preferred working with the older editor. Being the kind folks that they are, Blogger decided to leave the old editor up as an option for those of use who were not excited about changing the way we edited our posts.

Most of my tips are written for the old editor. Why? Because that's what I am most familiar with. There's nothing wrong with the new editor. I find that it is really user friendly to new bloggers. I wish it had been around when I first started blogging, as that is what I would have learned on. If you're wondering why the images in my tips don't look exactly like the images on your screen, you're probably using the updated editor.

There may come a time when you'd like to switch editors. Perhaps you use the old editor and wish to explore the options on the new editor. Or maybe you've never even seen the old editor and wish to check it out (blogs created after the new editor was introduced automatically default to the new editor). Good news is that it is easy to switch back and forth between the two.

How to switch editors:

1. Go to your basic settings page. settings tab-->basic tab


2. Scroll down to the Global Settings section.3. Select old editor or updated editor.

4. Click on SAVE SETTINGS.

When you're ready to switch back, just repeat the above process and choose the other editor.

Which editor do you prefer? :)

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