May 27, 2012

Add Google Style Search Bar For Blogger

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I'm sure you will have noticed the new Google design as covered in the post Evolving the Google design and experience on the official Google blog.While the changes have been subtle some stand out like the new sleek search bar on results pages.The new search bar has a more modern minimalist look with rounded corners and hover effect.
But one new feature i quiet like is, as you type your text into the search field an X appears than can be clicked to remove your text. Yes it's nothing major but still a good feature none the less. So in this article, i will show how you can re-create the new Google search bar and use it on your blog. It is already used in this site.

Always Remember Back Up Your Template Before You Make Changes

Step 1. In Your Blogger Dashboard Click Design > Edit Html 
Step 2. Find the following piece of code in your blog Html : (Click Ctrl F for a search bar to help find the code
     ]]></b:skin>
Step 3. Copy and Paste the following code directly above ]]></b:skin>

/*Start Css For Google Style Search Box*/
/* div container containing the form */
#searchContainer {
margin:20px;
}

/* Style the search input field. */
#field {
float:left;
width:200px;
height:27px;
line-height:27px;
text-indent:10px;
font-family:arial, sans-serif;
font-size:1em;
color:#333;
background: #fff;
border:solid 1px #d9d9d9;
border-top:solid 1px #c0c0c0;
border-right:none;
}

/* Style the "X" text button next to the search input field */
#delete {
float:left;
width:16px;
height:29px;
line-height:27px;
margin-right:15px;
padding:0 10px 0 10px;
font-family: "Lucida Sans", "Lucida Sans Unicode",sans-serif;
font-size:22px;
background: #fff;
border:solid 1px #d9d9d9;
border-top:solid 1px #c0c0c0;
border-left:none;
}
/* Set default state of "X" and hide it */
#delete #x {
color:#A1B9ED;
cursor:pointer;
display:none;
}
/* Set the hover state of "X" */
#delete #x:hover {
color:#36c;
}
/* Syle the search button. Settings of line-height, font-size, text-indent used to hide submit value in IE */
#submit {
cursor:pointer;
width:70px;
height: 31px;
line-height:0;
font-size:0;
text-indent:-999px;
color: transparent;
background: url(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GX7E4j3jwR0/ThMXKjuQ9VI/AAAAAAAAEsE/rJE5Ip1qDEg/s1600/ico-search.png) no-repeat #4d90fe center;
border: 1px solid #3079ED;
-moz-border-radius: 2px;
-webkit-border-radius: 2px;
}
/* Style the search button hover state */
#submit:hover {
background: url(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GX7E4j3jwR0/ThMXKjuQ9VI/AAAAAAAAEsE/rJE5Ip1qDEg/s1600/ico-search.png) no-repeat center #357AE8;
border: 1px solid #2F5BB7;
}
/* Clear floats */
.fclear {clear:both}

/*End Google Style Search Bar*/  

Step 4. Find the following piece of code in your blogs Html : </head>
Step 5. Now copy and paste this code directly before </head>
 
<script src='http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.6.1.min.js' type='text/javascript'/>
<script type='text/javascript'>
$().ready(function() {
// if text input field value is not empty show the &quot;X&quot; button
$(&quot;#field&quot;).keyup(function() {
$(&quot;#x&quot;).fadeIn();
if ($.trim($(&quot;#field&quot;).val()) == &quot;&quot;) {
$(&quot;#x&quot;).fadeOut();
}
});
// on click of &quot;X&quot;, delete input field value and hide &quot;X&quot;
$(&quot;#x&quot;).click(function() {
$(&quot;#field&quot;).val(&quot;&quot;);
$(this).hide();
});
});
</script>
Step 6. Save your template, we have the CSS added to style the search bar and the jQuery for the X button now we add the html.

Step 7. Head back to your blogs design page and click add a gadget > Choose Html/Javascript.
Step 8. Copy and Paste the following code into the Html/Javascript gadget :

<div id="searchContainer">
<form name="form1" action="/search" method="get">
<input type="text" id="field" id="s" name="q"/>
<div id="delete"><span id="x">x</span></div>
<input type="submit" name="submit" id="submit" value="Search" />
</form>
</div>

Step 9. Save the html/javascript gadget and you can drag and drop it into place as your need.

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