The paragraph block allows you to easily craft content and is the default block type for text added to the editor. It is probably the block you will use most.
You can write your content like a regular document and each paragraph will automatically be turned into a block behind the scenes.
You can also choose the paragraph block from the “Block Inserter” (+) pop-up window when you click on the (+) sign.
Detailed instructions on adding blocks can be found here.
Each block has its own block-specific controls that allow you to manipulate the block right in the editor. The block-toolbar on top and the mover handles on the left side. If you hover over the buttons, tool tips will tell you want is behind the buttons, and also show you keyboard shortcuts when available.
The paragraph block toolbar offers the following options (from left to right).
When you click on the “Transformer” button you can convert the paragraph block into another block type, by using the existing content. You could make a Quote out of the paragraph or a Heading or an ordered or unordered list.
Align text left, center, right
Using the alignment drop-down from the toolbar, you are able to align the whole paragraph text to the left, make it center aligned or orient it to the right.
Bold and Italics
Used quite frequently, Bold and Italics formatting have their own buttons on the Toolbar. The shortcuts are CTRL+b (or Command+B) for bold and CTRL+i (or Command+i) for italics.
Use the chain link icon to insert a hyperlink to your highlighted text. Or use the CTRL + k (or Command+k) keyboard shortcut.
The Search mentioned in the text box relates to searched on your own website. If you start typing a keyword, if will offer you a list of post and page titles from your own website for on-site link building.
Open in new tab
The toggle switch allows you to control where the new page should open:
- off in the same browser tab
- on in a new browser tab
By default the switch is set to off, as your site visitors should control how she wants to read your linked page.
Tip: If you already have the URL of the website you want to link to in the clipboard, highlight the text, you want to make into a link and use CTRL + V to add the hyperlink to the text.
Every block has specific options in the editor sidebar in addition to the options found in the block toolbar.
As you can see, the paragraph block offers text and style settings:
The paragraph block allows the default paragraph style and the larger “Introduction Paragraph” style.
Here is a sample of this style.
Text and background colors can be set on per-block basis, allowing you to call attention to important content.
NOTE: Accessibility criteria are built into the new editor to warn you when the text color combination becomes illegible for persons with reading impairments.
The Typography settings offer more options like Letter Spacing, Letter Case and even Drop cap.