Help for Removing Time Stamps in Tumblr

by David Wayne

Time stamps in your Tumblr posts can provide a helpful log of past activity, but if you don't want dated content, they can be undesirable.Edit the HTML code used to display your blog to remove all references to the publication time and date, preventing the information from seeming old and irrelevant. Tumblr provides the tools to customize your blog from your account home page, integrating an HTML editor into the website. Using the editor's Find and Replace feature, you can quickly locate time and date-related HTML tags.

Visit Tumblr and sign in to your account. Click the “Gear” icon, select your blog from the menu and choose “Customize” from the Theme section. On the customization page, click “Edit HTML.”

Open Notepad by pressing the “Windows” key, typing “Notepad” (without quotes) and pressing “Enter.” Click inside Tumblr's HTML editor and press “Ctrl-A” to select the text and “Ctrl-C” to copy it to the clipboard. Select the “Notepad” window and press “Ctrl-V” to paste the code into a new document. Press “Ctrl-S” to save the document and name it “TumblrHTMLBackup” or a similar, descriptive name. This step prevents you from losing your Tumblr page layout if you make a mistake when editing the code.

Open Tumblr's Find and Replace panel by selecting the “Tumblr” window and pressing “Ctrl-F.” In the Search box, enter the following date tags one at a time, deleting each instance of them, as well as the surrounding curly braces, from the body of HTML code as you find them:

Date, Day, Week, Month, Year, AmPm, Hour, Minutes, Seconds, Beats, Time

These tags may include formatting code within the curly braces. For example, when searching for "Month," you may find "{ShortMonth%P}" or a similar code snippet. In this case, delete the entire bracketed snippet, including the formatting code and curly braces.

Use the up and down arrows to find all instances of each tag. The tags may be included in a larger combination of words, such as DayOfMonth or Timestamp, but searching for the root word locates the compound version. All tags involving the word “Date” include the “block” keyword, as in “{block:NewDayDate}data-post-id= “post_{PostID}”{/block:NewDayDate}.” In this case, you must delete the entire section of code, beginning with the first curly brace surrounding “block:NewDayDate” and ending with the last curly brace surrounding “/block:NewDayDate.”

Click “Update Preview” to reload your page in the preview window. If you see any time stamps in the preview, continue searching your HTML code for tags you may have missed. When you have removed all date references, click “Save” to publish the page to your blog.

About the Author

David Wayne has been writing since 2010, with technology columns appearing in several regional newspapers in Texas. Wayne graduated from the University of Houston in 2005, earning a Bachelor of Arts in communications.

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