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How to Block Certain Words From Appearing on Your Dashboard in Tumblr

by James Wright

Apart from unfollowing users, Tumblr offers little control over what content you see on your dashboard. This means that you have to use third-party add-ons to blacklist things you don't want to see. Certain browser and mobile add-ons can block words, phrases, URLs and tags from showing up on your dashboard, letting you hide content without unfollowing anyone.

Install an add-on like Tumblr Savior, Washboard or XKit to your browser or mobile device (see Resources).

Access the add-on's settings through your browser to add whatever words or phrases you want to block to its blacklist. The add-on will block any post containing these words or phrases in the post's tags, text content or user URLs. Since this can be broad and possibly block things you don't want blocked, also use the whitelist to make sure posts with certain words, tags or URLs will always show up.

Close, and then open your browser again for the add-on to take effect.

Tips

Despite these add-ons blocking tags, contents and URLs, some users may want very specific things to be tagged. If you're making a post, be sure to add the appropriate tags for other users who don't want to see it. To help your followers, make a post that explains which tags you commonly use for your content.

If you see a post that's been hidden on your dashboard immediately after installing your add-on, click to unhide it to make sure your blacklist is working correctly. You may need to make minor modifications to your lists to make sure you aren't hiding content you want to see.

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