Add A Full Lenght Gadget Or Adsense Leaderboard Below Your Blog Header

At the time of writing i have a 728×90 AdSense leaderboard between the header and post area on the home page of the blog.Basically i have added a gadget that spans the entire with of the layout.The default settings for this template and for lots of custom templates do not allow you to place gadgets in this area.

If your in the same position you will be glad to know changing this setting is easy.I have opened up this area for an AdSense unit but once you have changed the code you can of course add any gadgets across the top of your blog.

You may also be thinking why cant you see the AdSense leader board on this page, i recently posted a hack showing How to show gadgets on only your blogger home page or post pages.With this hack in place the leaderboard is only visible on the homepage.

Cross Column Gadgets

Gadgets Not Allowed – This area is called the Cross Column and the screenshot below shows there is no option to place gadgets in the cross column :

cross column gadgets blogger

Gadgets Allowed – Once we change the code you will have a brand new ‘add a gadget‘ area :

Add A Gadget Cross Column

Placing gadgets in the cross column

Step 1. In your dashboard Click ‘Layout’ > ‘Edit Html’ > Tick the ‘Expand Widget Templates’ box

Blogger layout


edit html blogger


Expand widget templates blogger

Step 2. In your template find the following code :
(Click CTRL and F for a search bar to find the code – More Info)

<b:section class=’crosscol’ id=’crosscol’ showaddelement=’no’/>

Step 3. Change Showaddelement=’no’ to Showaddelement=’yes’ as shown below :

<b:section class=’crosscol’ id=’crosscol’ showaddelement=’yes’/>


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You can now save your template and return to the layout page where you will be greeted with the new ‘add a gadget’ option.

Allow Gadgets In All Available Areas

Break down the change you made – There may be other areas you can add gadgets to your layout that are blocked.The code i changed is ‘showaddelement‘ which breaks into ‘Show Add Element’.Search your template for every occurrence of ‘showaddelement’ and switch ‘no’ to ‘yes’.

You may also want to see how to put AdSense above or below your header.


  1. I tried this and it worked great in Blogger, but now I can’t seem to save any of my widgets or move anything around. Do you think it is just a problem with Blogger or I might have coded something off? Thanks for the great posts! I am learning a lot.


  2. Hello, my template is not a blogger default template, I can not find

    Could you tell me how to do activate the Cross Column Gadgets?

    Thank you very much.


  3. I cant find the in my template after checking the expand


  4. nice..
    i want to remove the newer post/ older post button..
    do you have a way around it?



  5. Excellent tutorial! Opens up all kinds of possibilities for my blog!



  6. Sorry sir,, but i cant find “” so what should i do?


  7. Nice post


  8. wow.. wonder full.. Nice post…. now it allow me to… advertise along the navigation menu….


  9. nice one, but please how can create a add gadget on blog post


  10. Thanks but this seems not to work on my blog at why?

    Also, how do i remove all the unwanted space between my post body and my post titles?


  11. I want to add leaderboard add of my website