Adding, removing and renaming a label across multiple posts

You can add, remove or rename labels without entering into each individual post. You don’t have to do it post by post, it can be done across multiple posts, in one go.

Update Sep. 2011: Add instructions for new user interface.

To do this, go to Dashboard > Edit Posts tab. Notice all the labels used in your blog are listed on the left side of the screen, under Labels. On the right is the list of your blog posts. Each post has a checkbox next to it.

editing label


Adding a label

To add a label:

  1. Select the posts you want to apply the label to by ticking the checkboxes.
  2. Click on Label Actions… dropdown menu, then select New Label... .
  3. Enter the label in the Enter New Label text box and hit OK.

Removing a label

To remove a label:

  1. Click on the label (in label list) you want to remove. All posts containing that label will be listed on the right.
  2. Select all posts by clicking Select All link on the right of Label Actions… dropdown menu.
  3. Click on Label Actions… dropdown menu, then under Remove Label, select the label to be removed.  

Renaming a label

Renaming a label is a combination of adding a new label and removing the original one:

  1. Click on the label (in the label list) you wish to rename. All posts containing that label will be listed on the right.
  2. Select all posts.
  3. Click on Label Actions… dropdown menu, add in the new label .
  4. Lastly, remove the original label.
  5. Reminder: Add in a new label first, then remove the original one, as explained above. Don’t do the other way around.

Label actions via new Blogger user interface

The process is basically the same with just a few things moved around.

  • On the Dashboard, click the gray Post List icon (that looks like a sheet of paper) next to the blog you want to edit the labels for. It will list out all posts for that blog.
    label manipulation in new interface
  • To filter the list according to specific label, select a label by clicking the All Labels dropdown menu at the top right corner of the page.
    label actions in new interface
  • Adding and removing a label can be performed by clicking the Label icon on the left of the Publish button. 


17 comments to "Adding, removing and renaming a label across multiple posts"

Gladys Kock October 23, 2009 at 5:10 AM    

This is what I am looking for! I have been wanting to streamline all my labels but it's bothersome to edit in individual post. A very useful info for me, thanks!

Greenlava October 24, 2009 at 12:05 AM    

Gladys Kock,
You're welcome and selamat datang ke Blogger Sentral.

herroyalbleakness October 25, 2009 at 12:20 PM    

Thanks for sharing! Really helpful post!

Greenlava October 25, 2009 at 7:19 PM    

Thanks for reading.

The Arthurian November 1, 2009 at 6:53 PM    

Her Royal Bleakness?? What a great name!

Green: Thank you. I too have been looking for a way to rename a label in several posts at once. Your advice comes at the perfect time for me. Also, your "Create a printer friendly version" has me wow'd and ready to tinker. Thanks again.

Greenlava November 2, 2009 at 9:10 AM    

You're welcome The Arthurian.

Termite information November 2, 2009 at 12:50 PM    

Its very useful post. Its can helps us a lot in blogging and also very valuable for new bloggers.

Newbie February 28, 2010 at 2:28 AM    

Really helpful for newbies like me. Thx.

Gian Faye February 28, 2011 at 3:01 AM    

What if I just want to change the capitalization of the labels?
E.g. from 'Programming' to 'programming'
If I am to add 'programming' first, it will prompt that I already have the said label.
Any suggestions?

Greenlava February 28, 2011 at 8:06 AM    

@Gian Faye
Select all 'Programming' posts; add a dummy label; remove 'Programming' label; add 'programming' label, and lastly remove the dummy label.

sathiarani July 24, 2011 at 12:19 AM    

very informative blog. will definitely add you to my favourites.

Anonymous,  July 31, 2011 at 3:13 PM    

excellent article

SlicerT September 30, 2011 at 3:37 PM    

lol. I was dumb. to think it was this easy.

Ugochi August 2, 2012 at 11:45 PM    

I still cannot get my labels to show up after I have done all of this, please help!

CHIOMA EBUNOHA September 4, 2012 at 12:41 AM    

tnx. great one and quite helpful

Allison Sievers February 19, 2013 at 4:40 AM    

Thank you, very helpful!

Darlan March 22, 2013 at 2:19 AM    

Very useful post! I don't believe I never realized I could do that. Now I can add/remove/change tags in a much easier way.

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