Cover Block

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To give your post or page a sleek, professional look, you can add a Cover Block. Get started by clicking the inserter icon.

You can also quickly add one by typing “/cover” in a new paragraph block, then press enter.

Detailed instructions on adding blocks can be found here.

Once you add the Cover Block, you can upload a new image/video from your device or select an image/video you’ve already uploaded to your site’s media library.

If you don’t want to use image/video, you can also pick any solid color as your cover (you can change the color of cover later from Block Settings in editor sidebar).

Block Toolbar

Every block comes with unique toolbar icons and block specific user controls that allow you to manipulate the block right in the editor.

The Cover Block shows standard seven buttons:

  • Transform to
  • Moving handles
  • Change alignment
  • Change content position
  • Toggle full height
  • Replace
  • More options

Transform to

You can transform the cover to the Image Block or into a Group.

Editor view of cover as a Group with Color settings controls
Color settings controls

In 5.9 there is new setting “Dimensions” which which you can control the height and padding for the block.

Moving handles

The up and down arrow icons can be used to shift a block up and down in your document.

Detailed instructions on moving a block within the editor can be found here.

Change alignment

  • None – Leaves the block the current size.
  • Wide width – Increase the width of the post beyond the content size.
  • Full width – Extend the block to cover the full width of the screen.
  • Align left – Make the block left-aligned.
  • Align center – Make the block alignment centered.
  • Align right – Make the block right aligned.

Change content position

Change content position option allows you to change the position of content within your cover.

Toggle full height

This option allows the Cover Block to take up the height of the reader’s screen to create an immersive experience.


This is another option in the Cover Block’s toolbar. Choosing this will allow you to select a new image file for your block. Use this if you need to replace the image file in your Cover Block.

More options:

Hide Block Settings

The Hide Block Settings option hides (or shows) the Block Setting panel in the editor’s sidebar.


Copy can be used to copy a selected block and then you can paste it wherever you want in the editor.


Duplicate can be used to duplicate selected block.

Insert Before

Insert a new block before the selected block(s).

Insert After

Insert a new block after the selected block(s).

Move To

If you select Move To, you will get a blue line inside your content, you can then use the arrows to move that line up and down to where you want the selected content to be moved into, hitting return on your keyboard at that point moves the block to that position.

Instruction on using Move To option to move a block can be found here.

Add to Reusable blocks

Using the Add to Reusable blocks option lets you add the selected block to a list of reusable blocks, so you can use them on other posts or pages as well.


Select the Group option if you want to create a group of blocks and treat them as a unit. You can for instance add a common background color or other blocks to the group.

Remove Block

With the Remove Block option, you can delete the selected block from your content.

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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 next to the Publish button.

Media settings

Fixed Background

In the block settings on the sidebar, you have some other options, the first of which is a toggle for a fixed background. A fixed background means the cover image scrolls along with your page. Turning this option off embeds the image in place, so the image doesn’t scroll.

Repeated background

The Repeated background option lets you repeat the same image to form a pattern in the cover block. For example, if you have a small image and you want it to repeat multiple times in the cover block, you can enable this option.

You can use the Repeated background toggle in combination with Fixed background, but Fixed background does not necessarily have to be turned on. Feel free to play around with these options to find what suits your needs.

Focal Point Picker

If the fixed background option is turned off, you will see the focal point picker. This tool lets you identify the main point of interest in the photo and highlight. Click on the picker to drag it to the spot you want, or use the left and top position percentages below to set it manually.


Dimensions allows you to change the height of your cover according to your requirements. You can read more about these controls in the Dimension Controls Overview support page.



Using the Overlay Color options, you can add a color overlay to the cover image. By default, this is a gray, transparent overlay, but with the overlay color options, you can switch that color to any other color of your choice.


Using the Opacity slider, you can set the opacity of the cover image’s overlay. Moving the slider right toward 100 makes the overlay darker and more opaque, and moving it left toward 0 makes the overlay lighter and more transparent. At 100, the overlay is completely opaque and the cover image is no longer visible. At 0, the overlay disappears completely, leaving only your image.

If you’re adding a title to your cover image, we recommend making the overlay at least somewhat opaque to make the title easier to read.


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

HTML anchor allows you to make a unique web address for a particular Cover Block. Then, you’ll be able to link directly to a Cover Block of 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.

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  • Updated 2022-02-04
    • Screenshots for WordPress 5.9
  • Updated 2021-02-23
    • Screenshots per WordPress 5.7
    • Added feature change to Block Toolbar: Full Height Alignment
  • Updated 2020-12-14
    • Added Repeated background in Block Settings
  • Updated 2020-08-24
    • Screenshots and videos as per WordPress 5.5
    • Added feature changes in Block Toolbar
    • Added feature changes in Block Settings
  • Updated 2020-06-18
    • Added “Go back to the list of Blocks” to the top of the page
  • Updated 2020-04-28
    • Changed Category to “Common Blocks”
  • Updated 2019-11-27
    • Updated animated GIF to video
  • Created 2020-03-07

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