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(FAQ to be in S1)

TITLE: How do I customize my journal using S1?

Basic S1 customization is controlled at http://www.livejournal.com/modify.bml. On this page, you can customize your journal's appearance by selecting styles and colors to use, adding overrides, and other options.

If the main option you see on this page is the ability to select mood icons, you are using the S2 style system, and will need to go to http://www.livejournal.com/customize/ to customize your journal or switch to S1.


You can select a style for each of the four views. The list of styles includes all LiveJournal system styles; if you are a Paid, Permanent, or Early Adopter account, and have created custom styles, those will be listed as well. It is possible to select different styles for each of the views, although most system styles are availalbe for all four view types.

If you are using any style-specific overrides, such as overrides changing the text of your comment links or overrides changing your journal's width or position, you will need to make sure that you change those overrides as necessary when you change to a different style.

You can also select a color theme for your journal. A few styles (Notepad, Webley Boxes on White, and Refried Paper) have hard-coded colors that cannot be changed through this interface.

LiveJournal offers a number of pre-set color themes, but you can also enter a custom set of colors by choosing the "Custom colors" option and then entering the hexadecimal codes for the colors you want. A chart of hexadecimal color codes can be found at http://www.livejournal.com/users/howto/28475.html, although this is not a complete list. The HowTo journal also has a Color Usage Area Guide, which explains how the color variables apply to different areas of your journal in different styles.


This area is where you can enter overrides to change your journal's appearance. Basic information on overrides can be found at [FAQ 124]. Tutorials on overrides and how to use them, along with some commonly-requested overrides, can be found at the HowTo journal, http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=howto.


Paid, Permanent, and Early Adopter accounts can change the entire layout of the page and customize all the HTML by making their own S1 styles. Information on creating custom styles can be found at [FAQ 247]. If you make a new style, you must select its name from the dropdown list at http://www.livejournal.com/modify.bml to use it on your journal.


Tags: cat-s1, faq250, faqadd, status-resolved

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