Awesome New Google Search 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. 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 neat feature none the less.So in this post i will show you how you can re-create the new Google search bar and use it on your blog.

Once on your blog it will look the very same, using jQuery for the X delete button and your blogs default search to generate results.
This was covered on the Awesome Queness.Com design blog and with just a few changes i have it ready to go For Blogger.


Lets look at some screenshots:

On Google
On Blogger

Add The New Google Style Search Bar To Blogger

Remember Always Back Up Your Template Before You Make Changes!

Step 1. In Your (New Design) Blogger Dashboard Click The Drop Down Menu For Your Blog > Choose Template > Then Edit Html > Now Proceed > Tick The Expand Widget Templates Box  

Step 2. Find the following piece of code in your blogs Html : (Click Ctrl and F for a search bar to help find the code):

]]></b:skin>

Step 3. Copy and Paste the following code Directly Above / Before ]]></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 - Info @ http://www.createtheblogger.blogspot.com*/

Note - To change the width of the search bar simply change the line highlighted in yellow from 200px up or down.

Step 4. Find the following piece of code in your blogs Html : (Click Ctrl and F for a search bar to help find the code):

</head>

Step 5. Now Copy And Paste This Code Directly Above / Before </head>

Note - If you have previously added jQuery script to your template you can remove the code highlighted in green.

<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="SUYB" 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.

And that is it ! A lot of steps but over all i think it was easy enough to implement.Thanks once again to Queness for the original design, make sure to check out more of our Blogger Gadgets.
 
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