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Easiest Way to Make Tabbed Sidebar for Blogger

October 10th, 2009

Bismillah, Alhamdulillah. After long time this trick I release, I have this idea when Webitect made tutorial for Tabbed Sidebar.
Until yesterday I didn’t make tutorial yet, because I’m busy and difficult for me to make good tutorial for this trick special for blogger.
I modified this trick special for Bloggertuts after that Dantearaujo made tutorial and CSS Style for this TAB and put it in bloggertuts.
Alhamdulillah he made great tutorial for this Trick, everyone will understand easily. You can read here

Actually between this Trick and Webitect is completely different I only got inspiration from that. Because they made for general website.

If you search from Google you will found many way to make Tabbed Sidebar but Difficult to implement in blogger, because we have to modify HTML or XML in Sidebar Part. This Trick is very easy only put CSS and JS. The JS will automatic make structure for Tabbed and we don’t have to modify in Sidebar Part.
So this trick will not mess up you html and disturb your sidebar. After put js You can change position or content of sidebar, it was very easy.

Here are some features of my method:

  • Easy to install.
  • No need edit html in Sidebar part.
  • Automatically place your handpicked widgets inside tabs.
  • Freedom to set what widgets stay out of the tabs.
  • After implementing, Widgets are normally edited from Page Elements section.

The Final Result

If you want to see it working please check the live demo.

Step 1 – Placing the styles on your CSS

The style of the tabs can be easily changed anytime just using CSS, but this is not the main reason for this tutorial, It’s up to you to change or not, use your own CSS skills. We’ve made a general layout for it, to install it just place the following code right before the ]]></b:skin> line:

/* Tabbed Sidebar Widgets
--------------------------------- */
border:1px solid #494e52;

.widget-tab {
background:#FFFFFF url( repeat-x scroll left bottom !important;
border:1px solid #CFCFCF;
padding:15px !important;

.widget-tab  ul {
padding:0px 20px 0px 20px;
.widget-tab  ul li {
border-bottom:1px solid #d6dde0;
.widget-tab  ul li:last-child {
.widget-tab  ul li a {
.widget-tab  ul li a small {
font-family:Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
.tab-content  ul li a:hover {
.tab-content  ul li a:hover small {

background:#FFFFFF url( repeat-x scroll left top !important;
border-color:#CFCFCF #CFCFCF #FFFFFF #CFCFCF !important;
border-style:solid !important;
border-width:1px 1px 2px !important;
color:#282E32 !important;        

} {
margin:0px; padding:0px;
} li {
background:#191919 url( repeat-x scroll left top;
border:1px solid #464C54;
list-style-image:none !important;
list-style-position:outside !important;
list-style-type:none !important;
padding:8px 14px;

Step 2 – Installing jQuery Library

This script needs the jQuery JavaScript library, if you already have it installed, you can skip this step, if you don’t just paste the code below right before your </head> line:

<!-- jQuery Call -->

<script src='' type='text/javascript'/>

<!-- End of jQuery Call -->

Step 3 – Installing the Script

Ok now that you’ve made sure that you have jQuery installed, you need to install the script that will do all the magic for us, just place the following code right before your </head> line:

<script type="text/javascript"> 
var starttab=0; 
var endtab=2; 
var sidebarname="sidebar1"; 
<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> 


As you have noted you’ll get a few lines that can be customized, those are:

var starttab=0;
var endtab=2;
var sidebarname="sidebar";

Very quickly: starttab is the starting number for your chosen widgets, it starts counting from 0. endtab is the number for your last included widget. sidebarname is your sidebar’s id, it is generally just “sidebar”, but just in case you have a different id, we’ll help you finding the right one to place here.

How to find your sidebar’s ID

Ok if you have installed the script and it is not working, you may have a different sidebar ID that is not only “sidebar”, use the following methods to find he right id of your sidebar.

Method 1 – Getting from the HTML

This one may be the fastest one, if you use Minima template, or any template derived from it, just go to Layout > Edit HTML > Search for “sidebar-wrapper” and you may get something like this:

<div id='sidebar-wrapper'>

<b:section class='sidebar' id='sidebar' preferred='yes'>

Just take a closer look and you will find it id=’sidebar’.

Method 2 – Using Firebug

Firebug is the most wonderful Firefox extension for web developers, If you dont have it, just download it from here.


Method 3 – Using Web developer Firefox Plugin

This is another great extension, if you don’t have it, get it here.


Ok now that you have installed the script on your blog, you should be able to normally edit your widgets on your page elements section.

What are the Gadget Numbers

Here is a simple explanation for those who haven’t understand the numbers yet. Let’s say that you want make tabs out of your first 3 widgets, so your starting number will be 0 and your finishing number will be 2:

var starttab=0;
var endtab=2;
var sidebarname="sidebar";

Check images below for better understanding:



In this case, Widget 3 and 4 will not get any tabs, because your finishing number was 2. Very easy huh?


  • This script works for only one sidebar per blog.
  • We have included a general styles for your tabs, however, you can use your CSS skills to customize them, but be aware that CSS related errors will not be supported here, make sure you do the right thing.
  • All the tabbed widgets need to have a title.

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Abu Farhan

I'm an Owner of this blog and it's always been a passion of mine to write about Blogger. I like to make original script for blogger. I also run the awesome Website at The Best Lists.

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  23. Jen Carl says:

    Hi! Thanks for the tutorial. I installed in on my other 2 blogs – but when I installed on my main blog lehighvalleymomma (dot) com there were no tabs – just bullet points… I know the code was the same, because I copy and pasted it just like the other two. The bullets work, however, I needed the tabs. Please help:)

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  26. Interesting ! says:

    Thank you for this useful trick !
    But I have one question : How to delete Jquery ? I want to use this tabbed sidebar widget but I I don’t want to install jQuery. Is it possible ?
    Thanks in advance, you are doing a great work ;)

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  31. Eduardo says:

    Great! But doesn’t work in new models of Blogger. The CSS styles not applicable for tabs! Why?

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  42. ahmed says:

    al salam 3alykom brother abu-farhan , thx for the awesome widget but i wanna change the width of this tabbed sidebar ???
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  43. Garrett H. says:

    Hello there. Thanks so much for this script–I installed it and it runs smoothly, but I do have a question.

    I notice that in Internet Explorer when I go to my site and use the tabs, unsightly bars crop up below the second and third tabs. When I view my blog with these tabs in Firefox and Chrome, pressing each tab doesn’t bring these bars up.

    Is there a specific place in the script where I can eleminate, or at least change, these bars in Explorer, and if so could you please tell me where?

    Thanks a lot. My website is:

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