Blocks »Paragraph Block

The Paragraph block is the default block type for text added to the editor. It is probably the block you will use most.

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You can write your content like a regular document and each paragraph will automatically be turned into a block behind the scenes.

Add a paragraph by typing or select the paragraph block from the inserter icon.
Right-click with your mouse and choose Open image to view it bigger.

You can also choose the paragraph block from the Add Block button. Detailed instructions on adding blocks can be found here.

Block Toolbar

Each block has its own block-specific controls that allow you to manipulate the block right in the editor. The paragraph block offers the following options in its toolbar:

The paragraph toolbar has options to align text left, center, and right, and to format text as bold, italicize, hyperlinks, and many other options.
  • Convert block type
  • Left alignment
  • Center alignment
  • Right alignment
  • Bold
  • Italics
  • Insert hyperlink (see guide)
  • More options

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More Options

More options for Paragraph block

The more options for Paragraph block include:

  • Inline code
  • Inline image
  • Justify
  • Strikethrough
  • Subscript
  • Superscript
  • Text color
  • Underline
  • Uppercase

Most of these options are very straightforward, where the text has to be selected first and then the option chosen from the toolbar. However, there are two options, Inline image and Text color, which have a bit more steps to using them.

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Inline Image

Inline image option usage

To add an inline image to your Paragraph block, please click the downward arrow in the block toolbar, choose Inline image and then the Media Library window will pop up where you can choose the image you wish to add as an inline image.

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Text Color

Text color option usage

To color specific words or characters, please select the text first, click the downward arrow in the block toolbar and then click on the Text color option. A small window with default color options will pop up and there is also a Custom color link which will open a color picker where you can choose the exact color you want.

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New Line in an Existing Block

You can start a new line with single spacing, instead of double spacing or a new Paragraph block, by pressing Shift + Return/Enter on your keyboard.

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Block Settings

Every block has options in the sidebar in addition to the options found in the block toolbar. If you do not see the sidebar, click the ‘cog’ icon next to the Publish button.

The block settings can be found in the sidebar.

As you can see, the Paragraph block offers typography, color, text settings and advanced options.

The Paragraph block has many different settings in the sidebar.

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The Typography settings allow you to change the paragraph’s font size, either with relative percentages or down to the pixel. These semantic options can be modified by your theme to help keep your styles looking consistent.

There is also a Line height setting to modify how much space there is between lines in the paragraph.

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Color Settings

Text and background colors can be set on per-block basis, allowing you to call attention to important content.

Color settings

Accessibility parameters are built into the new editor to warn you when the text may become illegible for persons with reading impairments.

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Text Settings

You can also add a drop cap to your paragraph.

Adding a dropcap letter to a paragraph block.
Drop caps add more prominence to a paragraph.

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The Advanced panel lets you add a CSS class to your block, allowing you to write custom CSS and style the block as you see fit. Learn more.

The Advanced section lets you add a CSS class to your block.

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