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Where Are The Buttons In My Post Editor Toolbar?

Occasionally, we see signs of confusion, in in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue.
Where are the buttons, in the toolbar?
or
Why don't I have a Colour / Font / Jump Break / Video Upload / whatever selection, in my post editor?
The reason is very subtle - and not easy to spot.

Blogger page / post editor is very elegant, with no feature being colourfully different. Most people compose their posts in Compose mode - and don't use HTML Mode, except for specific needs - or maybe by accident.

And the people who don't use HTML mode, intentionally, can't always spot the difference, in the mode selector buttons.

Here's two shades of gray, in the post editor mode selector buttons.

Compose mode: What most blog owners generally use. Has more buttons in the toolbar.


HTML mode: What many blog owners seldom use. Has less buttons in the toolbar.


The visible differences are subtle - but significant.

You may not be able to spot the difference, above. I bet that you can spot the differences, below!

Compose mode, again.


HTML mode, again.


The toolbar differences are easy to spot.

And here, we see the toolbars. I bet that you can spot the difference, in the toolbars - but, honestly, could you spot the differences between the mode selector buttons, without being told what to look for?

Compose mode.


HTML mode.


It's not hard to spot, when you know about it. For somebody who doesn't know about it, maybe even clicked on the button without realising, I bet it's a bit scary.

HTML mode is challenging - but it's worth it.

The "Compose" mode toolbar has more options, than the "HTML" mode toolbar - but if you can master HTML, you'll have access to more possibilities than you do when writing a post using "Compose" mode. Use a good HTML reference, for best results.

Just note one additional Blogger oddity, which you may observe when toggling the mode selector.

At any rate, if you ever find yourself observing the lack of buttons, in the page / post editor toolbar, just click on the "Compose" button. And, if clicking on the buttons does not provide improvement, try checking cookie filters, and then checking script filters.

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