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Blocks » Classic Block

The Classic block replicates the old editing experience inside the WordPress block editor. This guide will show you how to use it on your site.

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Add the Classic Block

To add the Classic block, click on the + Block Inserter icon and search for “classic”. Click it to add the block to the post or page.


Using your keyboard, you can also type /classic on a new line and press enter to quickly add a new Classic block.

For more, visit our detailed instructions on adding blocks.

Once you add the block, you can edit the text you add as you would in the classic editor, using the tools provided.

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Block Toolbar

When you click on the block, a toolbar of options will appear above it:

A screenshot of the toolbar that appears when you click on the Classic block
Classic Block toolbar

The Classic block has the following options in its toolbar:

Convert to Blocks

You can change all the content in a Classic block into individual blocks for you to edit. This can be useful if you want to add more features provided by the block editor, such as Columns, Buttons, Galleries, and more.

When you convert a post or page from the classic editor, it will appear in a Classic block by default. You can continue editing in the Classic block or convert to individual blocks.

More Options

When you click on the ellipses (three dots) in the toolbar, additional options will appear including settings to edit the content as HTML. More options explained.

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Editing in the Classic Block

The Classic block contains the same options from the Classic Editor, so check our Classic Editor guide for an explanation of each of the options shown here:

Screenshot of the classic block editing options

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