Using the wordpress “page” widget for the side bar works wonderfully for displaying a list of static pages on your blog. However by default it displays all of your pages and you may not want this. Luckily the widget comes with the ability to excluded pages. Less lucky is that in order to exclude the pages you need to know the “page ID”. As far as I can tell the “page ID” is not displayed anywhere and requires a bit of digging to find. After logging into the admin dashboard area select the “pages” link. From there you will be given a list of all the current pages you have created. An easy way to find the “page ID” is to mouse over (hover not click) the page in question. If you look at your browser status bar you will notice a link in which you will see “post=” some number. This post number is the page ID.
For example – If your status bar displayed this:
Your page ID would be 57