Focused sidebar

Hi everyone, how can I add the “Focused Sidebar” theme to my community? Currently this theme is an option here on meta.


You can’t, yet. We have to wait until it’ll be published.


Well, when will that happen? Also, the chat (pre-alpha) feature shows the chat selection option in the sidebar – how does chat work without this sidebar?

3 - 6 months, or something

Chat works just fine without it.


Thank you, but your link does not work.

The link works just fine, for me anyway. But you can search that topic by yourself too — keywords are focused sidebar :wink: If I remmember right the topic is third or fourth at the results.

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I cannot view the topic neither. Maybe it is not public?

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Yeah that category is limited to people helping us test chat, without the sidebar chat gets an icon in the header. We’re working on a version of the sidebar that will end up in Discourse by default, we’ll start adding those changes over the next few months.

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You are right. It is on chat-category. I reckoned that someone who’s asking about chat is there.

Sorry. My bad.

One minute, please…

Does ths work:

(And @awesomerobot was one minute faster than I, damn :rofl: )


Thank you, @awesomerobot. So, the sidebar shown on meta now, with the ability to track tags and categories, will be available as a core option soon? What is the estimated timeline for this? Thanks in advance!

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Yeah we’ll be gradually adding these features to core piece by piece… we don’t have a strict timeline, but I imagine we’ll have most of the functionality in over the next 6 months.


Thank you. Great to know. The sidebar is powerful and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!


I really love this theme. I can’t wait to own it. :man_dancing: :man_dancing:

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Looks great. I’m waiting for this theme.

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Is the theme out yet? Focused sidebar looks great!

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We are pulling this functionality into core and it will be available in the next couple of months.


I noticed the current sidebar theme isn’t full-width.

Will the sidebar theme have a full-width option?

Focused sidebar theme is very slick. Can’t wait till it’s publicly available.


I’m so looking forward to this theme.

May I add some feedback:

  1. The MESSAGES section only shows “Inbox”, the other buttons are only shown after I click on “Inbox”. Is it possible to show all buttons by default?

    Screenshot 2022-07-08 at 16.27.14

  2. For read topic highlight, the blue → white → gray color change sequence is not necessary. Blue → gray is much better.

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Me too, it is amazing. Looking forward to it