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Tutorial: What Exactly is the LJ-CUT Tag? 
6th-Nov-2005 06:09 pm


This may be one of the most important things you need to know how to use when blogging at LiveJournal. (Seriously.)

Happily, it's not hard to learn -- or to remember -- once you understand how it works and when you need to use it. smiley face

Q: But what IS it??? What is the lj-cut tag? Come on! I don't get it!

A: If you understand markup at all (yes, like HTML code), then it's a simple concept. But if you're confused by markup, it will take you just a tiny bit longer to understand.

blue diamond It's an EASY concept -- so don't worry! You're going to go away knowing both what it is, and why it's used at LJ.

  • First, if you've tried reading any of the various journals (or communities) located here at LiveJournal, then you know that sometimes the entries can be really (really) long. Often include images (pictures) and links. This combination of text, images and links can make viewing a journal (or community) entry a big PAIN sometimes!

  • This is where the lj-cut tag (also referred to as 'lj-cut' or just 'cut') comes in!

  • The tag is used inside a journal (or community) ENTRY to hide all -- or part -- of that given entry.

  • As with HTML (which is short for HyperText Markup Language), when you use the lj-cut tag in an entry at LiveJournal, you effect the way your entry displays.

    For example, if you typed:

    I'm a Newbie to LJ! So I'm practicing using the lj-cut.


    Then whatever you typed next (after typing the cut code) would be 'hidden' behind the cut. So after you finished the post, you'd see this:

    I'm a Newbie to LJ! So I'm practicing using the lj-cut.

    ( Read More ... )

    (NOTE: The 'Read More' portion would display in whatever COLOR your journal has set to display links.)

  • When you click on a 'cut,' it automatically takes you to the 'Read Comments' page of the journal entry. So a cut is actually just a LINK to the 'Read Comments' page. While it's rather complicated for you to set up a link like that, it's quite SIMPLE to add <lj-cut> to an entry! Right?

  • You'll notice the DEFAULT text is: Read More... But if you want to CHANGE that text to something else, you'd write the tag like this:

    <lj-cut text="Your Own Text Here">

    Then you'd see this:

    ( Your Own Text Here )

  • You can TURN OFF the lj-cut by using this tag:


    Here's the BASIC code to cut and paste:


    NOTE: Use only ONE of the two above -- but not both!

    And... to close!

    READ MORE about the lj-cut tag:

    LiveJournal's LJ-Cut FAQ. (Be sure to click on '

    Please comment to this entry.

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    15th-Jul-2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
    Hi i was wondering if you could help me? I feel so dumb lol ive tried to follow your instructions but i still cant get it.
    27th-Aug-2007 05:34 am (UTC) - Hello!
    Let's say you've typed a long entry -- now you want to put part of it behind an lj-cut tag. You'd type the following:


    You'd then put something here. (Text, images, links, etc.)

    To close the tag, you'd type:


    So, lj-cut begins the tag -- and /lj-cut ends it.

    As is true for all HTML code, tags go inside the lesser-than and greater-than signs (symbols): <    >

    Does that make sense?

    ==CharlieMC, assistant moderator
    27th-Aug-2007 01:36 pm (UTC) - Re: Hello!
    That is so great! Thank you so much.

    19th-Aug-2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
    I still don't get it ^^;, when I write this " I'm a Newbie to LJ! So I'm practicing using the lj-cut.


    I do not get a "read more" at the bottom when I preview it, I get blank text O.o;.
    27th-Aug-2007 05:35 am (UTC) - Hello!
    Take a look at this -- then let me know if it makes sense to you (or not).


    ==CharlieMC, assistant moderator
    15th-Sep-2007 01:53 am (UTC)
    thz so much ive been looking for this code everywhere!
    19th-Jun-2008 09:07 am (UTC)
    woa~~ ur really sweet for putting this up ... thanx a bunch
    3rd-Jul-2008 01:00 am (UTC) - :/
    Curiously, I did it properly, but it doesn't work... It's like it doesn't make any effect. I tried numerous times but I don't know, something's wrong I guess... aaah. TT
    9th-Aug-2008 08:04 pm (UTC) - so happy i can die
    it worked .///!!!! i was triyng for llike hours to do the lj cut and it worked.. (i got really frusrtaed and logged out then i got back in and it was WALLLA..// Weird...)
    24th-Aug-2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
    I have tried this at least ten times by this point and I still cannot get my LJ cut to show up.
    The html code for the cut shows up, as do my images/codes/texts after the cut, which I want behind it.
    I'm giving up! lol
    25th-Aug-2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
    same here!!

    the cut just doesn't work for me...
    22nd-Oct-2008 06:10 am (UTC)
    Yeah me too!
    2nd-Nov-2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
    That's exactly what happened to me! I did everything properly, but the code and the pics still show up. This is getting frustrating. UGH.
    15th-Dec-2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
    same i've tried everything i can think of but it still doesn't work for me...any ideas?
    6th-Sep-2008 11:43 am (UTC)
    How does one get cut text to appear on the same line as text after one closes the cut? Like, say I type the sentences "Look at this picture! It's really cool." I want 'this picture!' to be an lj-cut, so I code "Look at <lj-cut text="this picture!"> It's really cool." But then, I want "It's really cool." to appear below the image I'm talking about after someone clicks on the cut text. (As in,

    "Look at this picture!


    It's really cool.")

    But if I end the lj-cut directly after the picture (as in,

    "Look at this picture!

    PICTURE HERE </lj-cut>

    It's really cool.")

    and type two line breaks in between the picture and the text I want to follow it, the entry on the main page of my journal will look like this:

    "Look at this picture!

    It's really cool."

    when really I wanted all the text to be on the same line. So how do I code for that?

    (Sorry for the long comment, it's just the only way I could think of to clarify what I'm asking for.)
    12th-Nov-2008 07:10 am (UTC)
    does this only work for internet explorer or what.
    Because I still can't get it to work >__>;;

    the text & picture still shows up.

    And if I'm not getting a reply like the rest of those use above. This is B*LLsh*T because the code doesn't support all users.
    13th-Dec-2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
    I'm using it in html and not rich text and regular cut works, but when I try to put in text it doesn't work
    9th-Feb-2009 11:12 am (UTC)
    I've tried it a zillion times now, but it doesn't work.

    the only thing that works is when I type and text after it, the whole thing just dissappeares. (and there's no "read more" link, although I wrote it)

    anyway - the big problem is with the pictures. They all show up no matter how many times I tried to "hide" them with lj-cut.

    can you please post a html-entry using some pictures?
    8th-Mar-2009 12:21 am (UTC)
    How do you do to open a new page when using the Lj cut?
    Like you actually do.
    Maybe it's just my computer who is doing that?
    (Sry for my bad english)
    19th-Mar-2010 04:41 am (UTC)
    how do you post multiple things in one entry using lj cut cause if i want to post something under lj cut after ending the 1st lj cut, it bunches up
    15th-Jan-2012 04:51 am (UTC)
    what i don't get is that when other journals use the lj-cut, it links to the version of the post that's like it is here, like this general kind of format, but my cuts lead to the rest of the entry on my journal, like.. the format is in my journal's layout, but i want it to lead to the rest of the entry here, in this format, does that make sense?
    how do you do that?
    4th-Feb-2012 08:09 am (UTC)
    Me too! I can't seem to get the entry to be in this format, it always appear in the style I have chosen for my journal, not in the page to read the comments :c
    10th-Jul-2012 02:01 am (UTC)
    i've actually figured it out!
    someone helped me out with it
    so basically,
    go to journal>journal style>customize journal style
    then under display>presentation>basic options, put YES for "Disable customized comment pages for your journal"
    that should do it!
    10th-Jul-2012 06:04 am (UTC)
    OMG thank you so~ so~ much. I will love you forever *bows* Someone told me I had to put my account as "basic", but this is MUCH better. Thank you very much ;O;

    Edited at 2012-07-10 06:07 am (UTC)