Blocks, Writing & Editing

WordPress Editor for Writers & Bloggers

The WordPress editor is great for visual elements and easy design on your site or blog, but maybe you aren’t that interested in those visual elements, and you only want to be able to write good consistent text. If you are a writer/blogger, then the following guide could be useful to you.

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Writing Text

When you start typing, a Paragraph block is inserted by default. Alternatively, if you click the block inserter + you can search for the paragraph block.

If you are looking to add titles or subtitles, the Heading block is the best option.

If you wrote the text, but you want to convert it to a different block, like a Heading block. You can change or convert blocks easily.

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New Lines Within One Block

With the Paragraph block, each time you hit enter/return, a new Paragraph block is created. However, there might be situations when you don’t want this to happen. In that case, if you click Shift+enter or Shift +return, your cursor will be placed into a new line without creating a new Paragraph block.

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Text Formatting

If you are struggling to find how to make your text bold, put it in italics, justify, underline it, and other options available in the Classic editor, the following details can help.

When you click inside a Paragraph block, you will see a floating toolbar at the top where you can find the options to make your text bold and italicize it. In addition, you will find options to align your text to the right, center, left, and also to add links to a word or group of words.

For additional options, like justifying, underlining, adding strikethrough, subscripts, or even changing the color of a single word inside a paragraph, you will see an arrow that lets you access all these additional options.

Additional options in Paragraph block
Additional options: Justify

If the floating toolbar is too distracting for you, you can fix it to the top.

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Format Multiple Blocks

You probably noticed that each paragraph becomes its own block. This workflow gives you the flexibility to modify the style of each paragraph according to your needs. However, most of the time, you probably want to give the same format to all your paragraphs. You don’t have to worry about doing this block by block. You can select all paragraphs and then apply styling to all blocks selected.

Applying formatting to several selected blocks

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Reusable Blocks

Reuse a Block Format

When you want to reuse the settings you’ve specified for a block (specific font color or size, for example) in other pages or posts, you can save your block settings as a Reusable block.

First, create the block. Next, apply the settings you want to that block, and then save it as a Reusable block.

Applying settings to a block and saving it as reusable

After creating the Reusable block, you can add that block in any other new post or page:

Adding a reusable block in a different page or post

Reuse a Group of Blocks

Similar to the section before, you can save not only one block with a specific format but also a bunch of different types of blocks to be reused in other posts or pages. You can follow these steps:

  1. Select the blocks you want to be part of your layout/template
  2. After selecting all blocks, on the left end of the floating toolbar, you will find the option to transform them to a Group block.
  3. Once the blocks are grouped, click the three dots on the right end of the toolbar, and you will see the option to Add to Reusable blocks.
  4. Give a name to your group of blocks and click Save.
Save a group of blocks as a reusable block
  1. You can use these reusable group of blocks in any other page or post.

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Place an Image and Text Side by Side

This option was very popular in the Classic editor, but you can also do it with blocks.

After adding your text and image, click the Image block, and you will see the option to align it left or right. The next paragraph will follow the empty space, next to the image.

Align image to one side

Alternatively, you can explore the Media & Text block.

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Bulleted or Numbered Lists

You can add lists with the List block, but alternatively, you can also write your points/items first, select them, and then convert them into a List block.

Adding a List block
Adding List block
Transforming several points or items into a List block
Convert text into a List block

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Move Block Toolbar

Some writers prefer to move the block toolbar (that displays above each block) to the top of the editor. This is helpful so that it does not hide text when hovering over the text you’re working on.

You can do this by selecting the Top toolbar option (under View) from the three dots menu to the right of the Settings icon in the editor.

the ellipses menu in the top toolbar expanded to show the view, editor, plugins and other display settings for the block editor.
Top toolbar is at the top of the three dots menu
Enabling Top toolbar under the View section of Editor options. Animated GIF.
Enable top toolbar to move the toolbar to the top of the editor

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Poetry - Adding Verses

If you write poetry, we have you covered. If you wondered how to write verses without creating a paragraph block for each new line, you can use the Verse block – purposely for poets and beautiful poetry.

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Using the Classic block

If you are still not convinced, we have a Classic block that emulates the Classic editor. When you add this block, it will bring the same experience as the previous editor.

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