Blogger FTP Publishers Can Hide / Remove Navbar

If you look on top there is a Blogger Navbar on all blogspot blogs which allow post searches, quick BlogThis! blogging, navigation and flagging tools. But can you hide or remove this navbar?

I had indicated caution in an earlier post to avoid violation of Blogger terms of service. But no clear guidelines were available. If it were acceptable, they would have an option on the blogger dashboard or Blogger Search would reveal many such ways.

Now if you read the latest official Blogger information about the Navbar, it clearly states that “The Navbar appears on all freely-hosted Blog*Spot blogs, but can be disabled for users publishing via FTP.” The message is clear – Unless you publish your blog via FTP, the Navbar cannot be disabled.
They suggest you can add style="margin-top: 40px;" to the topmost element of your Template in case of any errors.

I think that puts all speculation at rest. For free Blogger users, not publishing via FTP, you cannot disable the Navbar! Of course you can contact Blogger Help for more information.

Update : If you are still having problem removing the navbar – see How to Hide and Remove the Blogger Navbar – details the code tweaks required.


  1. Colleen Ramsey says:

    as another blog has pointed out, the TOS says that non-ftp users “cannot” implying they are not able to (which is untrue). They would have to say “non-ftp users shall not” or “are not allowed to” removed the nav bar. In legal documents such as TOS, wording is vital.

  2. David says:

    I agree with Colleen. I always left the navbar on since I figured it was impossible to remove…until I did a little searching online. The only reason I want it removed is because it disrupts the design of my blog and sometimes actualy messes it up (if you view it in a small enough window). I would leave it alone otherwise, but since it is possible to remove it and there is nothing saying that I “shall not”, I don’t see what the big deal is. It’s not as if it is advertising. I left my “I power Blogger” button on my site. Isn’t that good enough?

  3. Sally says:

    Me too. I’m with both Colleen and David. If the Blogger NavBar is somekind of an Advertising to increase Blogger revenues, or anything similar to that one, then I don’t have to ask if I can, or not, remove the Navbar.

    I think it’s enough if to keep the “I Power Blogger” button (visible) on your Blogger blog page :) They’ll surely be happy to know that their button got appreciated!

  4. brittany says:

    how do you get an FTP?

  5. Paul says:

    Just for anyone else who hits on this page, Google provides an option for editing the Blogger NavBar that includes an “Off” setting. This only works if you are using an off-Blogger publishing method.

    Go to Template -> Edit HTML: you will find an option called “Change the Blogger NavBar. Change that to “Off” and you will never see the navbar again on your site.

  6. Dipa.G says:

    I own my domain name on blogger which I’ve bought directly from them. Does that mean i’m not doing anything illegal when I remove/hide the navbar?

    I would hope i’m not because i’m not using blogger for free anymore.

    Ms Marbles

  7. vikram madan says:

    I recently switched to my custom domain and shifted two blogspot blogs as subdomains to this new private domain.

    But I notice that my google rankings have been lost. I was usually on the first page of google, but now its like i am not there at all. Neither the blogspot links show up, nor the new domain links show up at all. What could be wrong?

  8. SuperS says:

    Does this apply to custom domains?

  9. Offres says:

    it is just recently that i knew that it’s possible to remove this navbar, my blogs were just bad and so, for long time. In my opinion it’s always a better option to remove the blogger navbar because when it’s not done, the blog just looks like a novice blog. Thanks so much for the trick! Wow! This tip will grow my traffic by 200%, many people really ignore this tip.

  10. Jogos de moto says:

    Blogger navbar is kind of complex. Sometimes I get confused with it, specially when I’m logged in.

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