Separator Block

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The separator block creates a break between two blocks of content with a horizontal line. This helps to create a separation between ideas or sections on your post or page.

In order to add a separator block, click on the Block Inserter icon.

You can also type /separator and hit enter in a new paragraph block to add one quickly.

How to quickly add a separator block

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Block toolbar

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

Block toolbar in the Separator block

Transform to

You can transform a Separator block into a Columns, or a Group block. You can also switch the styles from Default to Wide Line or Dots.

Transform option in the Separator block

Block-moving tools

Block moving tools in the Separator block

Use the block-moving tools to move the block up and down inside the editor. Use the six dots icon to drag and drop the Separator Block and reposition it anywhere on the editor. Alternatively, click on the up and down arrows to move the block up or down the editor.

Get more information about moving a block within the editor.

Change alignment

The change alignment tool lets you align the Separator block within the content. You can choose one of the following alignment options:

Change alignment in the Separator block

None: Leaves the block alignment as is.

Wide width: Increase the width of the block beyond the content size.

Full width: Extend the block to cover the full width of the screen (if supported by your site’s theme).

Align center: Align the block to the center of the content.

More options

These controls give you the option to copy, duplicate, and edit your block as HTML.

Read about these and other settings.

Block settings

Every block has specific options in the editor sidebar in addition to the options found in the block toolbar. If you do not see the sidebar, simply click the ‘cog’ icon.

Cog icon to display the Block sidebar


You can modify the Separator block styles by choosing the ‘Default’, ‘Wide Line or ‘Dots’ buttons in the Styles settings panel. Hover over the ‘Default’, ‘Wide Line or ‘Dots’ buttons to get a preview of the styles.

The style options may vary based on your theme.

Style settings in the Separator block


Images showing the color settings available
Color settings allow you to change the color of the separator

The color settings let you customize the color for the Separator block. Pick a color from the suggestions, or add a custom color using the color picker or by adding a color code.

See this guide for more information about changing colors.

Advanced settings

The “Advanced” tab lets you add HTML anchor and CSS class(es) to your block.

Advanced settings in the Separator block
The advanced section lets you add HTML anchor and a CSS class to your block.

“HTML anchor” allows you to make a unique web address for a particular block. Then, you’ll be able to link directly to that block on your page.

The “Additional CSS class(es)” lets you add CSS class(es) to your block, allowing you to write custom CSS and style the block as you see fit.

When selecting one of the three styles available, this field is pre-populated with the CSS class that targets the chosen style. For example,

  • The default separator adds is-style-default CSS class
  • The wide line separator adds is-style-wide CSS class
  • The dots separator adds is-style-dots CSS class


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