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April 14th, 2009


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06:30 pm - [Tutorial] How to use and lj-cut and how to tag your entries
So I've seen a bunch of people on various communities asking how to make and lj-cute and/or how to tag entries. LJ has the FAQ you can always direct people to, but a) it doesn't have pictures/screencaptures which I always find more useful than trying to teach people html codes, and b)...well no 'b', just 'a', I like photos in my tutorials, lol.

So here we go, a quick and simple tutorial on 2 ways to make an lj-cut and 2 ways to tag your entries.

First off, what is an lj-cut and why do people use it?

- An lj-cut hides a portion of your post under a link which readers have to click on to access. This way, it can shorten posts and saves people from having to scroll an excessive amount if they don't feel like reading everything or if the post doesn't concern them, and also, if you post large pictures or the likes, can save peoples' friends-pages as pictures can distort layouts.

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HOW TO MAKE EDIT AN LJ-CUT INTO YOUR POST: METHOD 1
All pictures accompanying each step can be enlarged, just click on it.



1) Opening your entry that you want to make an lj-cut in. See that little pencil icon? That's the "edit entry" icon, click on it.
(NOTE: It won't always be at the top of your entry. Depending on the layout of the journal it maybe on the bottom or either side, so look around for it)



2) This is the page you'll be taken to. Now make sure you're on the "Rich Text" mode, as I've circled in red there.



3) Now highlight everything you want to go under your lj-cut then click on the little icon I've circled in red.



4) A window will pop up asking you to insert the text for your cut (the default text is "Read more", I've changed it here to "Cut, cut, cut~"). After you're done, click "Ok".
(NOTE: Depending on your browser the window that pops up may look different than mine, but it'll ask for the same thing. Also, make sure you allow pop-ups temporarily for this step, I'm using IE and so everytime I have to allow pop-ups or else the window doesn't show)


5) Now notice how everything you highlighted before now has a grey background? That means it's all stuff that will go under your lj-cut.


6) Now hit save at the bottom.
(NOTE: If you want to make multiple cuts in one entry just repeat steps 2-4, each time highlighting the stuff you want to go under each individual cut)


7) Now go back and check your entry. If you posted on a community the options will be different as my post was to my personal journal.


8) Good job!! All done :D
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HOW TO MAKE EDIT AN LJ-CUT INTO YOUR POST: METHOD 2
All pictures accompanying each step can be enlarged, just click on it.


1) Like in the first method, first open the entry you want to add an lj-cut to and hit the pencil icon to edit your entry.



2) This time, make sure you're on the "HTML" mode instead of the "Rich Text" mode. Now, in front of the text which you want to go under the cut, type in the first part that I have underlined in red. Note that where in the picture it says "Cut, cut, cut~" type in whatever you want your lj-cut to read. Then, after the text which you want under the cut, type in the second part of what I have underlined in red.
(NOTE: You don't have to highlight any text, I just did so in the screencap to show you which part of the entry will be going under the lj-cut)


3) Forgot to screencap, but when you have it all done, scroll down and hit "Save entry".



4) Now go back and check your entry. If you posted on a community the options will be different as my post was to my personal journal.


5) Good job!! All done :D
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WHAT IS A "TAG" AND WHY IS IT USED?
- Tags help you to find entries that are similar in topic. For example, if I have an "anime" tag, I would tag every single post I make that is somehow related to anime with that tag. This way, if I or someone else wants to look back and read all the posts I've ever made related to anime they simply have to search my entries using that tag and every entry I've added the "anime" tag to would show up.

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HOW TO EDIT TAGS TO YOUR ENTRY: METHOD 1
All pictures accompanying each step can be enlarged, just click on it.


1) Open the entry which you want to add tags to. Click on the little "Tag" icon circled in red.


2) You will be taken to this page. Scroll all the way down and you will see the section where you can add tags. Now if you don't have any prior tags you'd like to use, simply start typing in the tags you'd like to put this post under, separating each tag with a comma in the area I've circled in red. If you do have tags that you've used before, as I do which you can see from the list there, you can select them. To select more than one hold down the "Crtl" key.

Hit the "Save changes" button after you're done.



3) Voila~ There's your tags! Note that some layouts will place tags at the bottom (like mine) and some will put them at the top of the post.
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HOW TO EDIT TAGS TO YOUR ENTRY: METHOD 2
All pictures accompanying each step can be enlarged, just click on it.


1) Open the entry which you want to add tags to. Click on the little pencil icon circled in red.


2) Now in the first field that I've circled, start typing in the tags you want to use, separating each tag with a comma. In some browsers, like IE, if you start typing a tag you've used previously it will fill it in for you (ie. when I start typing "an" the browser automatically fills in "ime" for me) but I've noticed in other browsers it doesn't do this, which can make it hard to remember exactly the tags you have.

When you're done, hit "Save entry".


3) All done~ There's your tags! Note that some layouts will place tags at the bottom (like mine) and some will put them at the top of the post.


THE END
Hope you found these helpful, feel free to ask me to clarify anything.
 

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From:cavechan
Date:April 15th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
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Thank god. It amazes me that people are able to not understand < lj-cut >
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From:abomvubuso
Date:April 15th, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)
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Twas quite useful info. Btw i've been having some problems with those lj cuts, after i publish the post, a considerable amount of contents remain outside the cut despite having been put under it. Smth wrong with html i guess...
From:asiangreencake
Date:June 28th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
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i've been having problem with this since im a new LJ-er :P
thanx so much <3
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From:carribbe
Date:November 3rd, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)

Editing or Redoing LJ Cut Entries

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Hello. I finally managed to use the LJ Cut option in rich text, for which I'm very grateful. (Yeah!)

New problem is that I also managed to screw up a couple of entries, and I would like to edit &/or repair them. I haven't been able to figure out how to repair the post which includes the LJ Cut option. It can be redone, can it not?

What I've actually managed to do is to to add cuts to the post instead of removing one or two incorrect ones and repair the whole thing so it looks the way I want it to.

Help?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 22nd, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for good stuff.
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From:sindorei_x
Date:July 6th, 2011 12:43 pm (UTC)
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Thank you very much for the Tutorial.

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