List Block

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Organizing content into lists has just gotten easier. You can use the “List” block to create a bulleted or numbered list.

In order to add a “List” block, click on the add block button and select the “List” block.

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

Detailed instructions on adding blocks can be found here.

Block Toolbar 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 “List” block shows standard eleven buttons:

  • Change block type or style
  • Moving handles
  • Convert to unordered list
  • Convert to ordered list
  • Outdent list item
  • Indent list item
  • Bold
  • Italic
  • Hyperlink
  • More rich text controls
  • More options

Change block type or style

You can transform the “List” block into the “Paragraph” block, “Quote” block, “Pullquote” block, or “Group”. The “Group” would give you the ability to change the background color around the “List” block.

Editor view of “List” block as a group with “Color settings” controls

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.

Convert to unordered list

An unordered list typically is a bulleted list of items. You can use unordered list where you do not need to display items in any particular order.

An example of unordered list

Convert to ordered list

An ordered list typically is a numbered list of items. You can use ordered list where you need to display items in a particular order.

An example of ordered list

Outdent list item

You can use the “Outdent list item” option or “Backspace” key on your keyboard to decrease the indentation level of a list item.

Indent list item

You can use the “Indent list item” option or “Space” key on your keyboard to increase the indentation level of a list item.

Bold

You can select the text of a list item and use the “Bold” option or “Ctrl+B” / “Cmd + B” on your keyboard to bold it, which is usually heavier than the surrounding text.

Italic

You can select the text of a list item and use the “Italic” option or “Ctrl+I” / “Cmd + I” on your keyboard to italicize it, which usually appears slanted to the right.

Hyperlink

You can select the text of a list item and use the “Hyperlink” option or “Ctrl+K” / “Cmd + K” on your keyboard to add a link to it.

More rich text controls

Inline Code

“Inline Code” can be used to indicate that the text is a short fragment of computer code.

Inline image

“Inline image” can be used to place an image in the list item.

Strikethrough

“Strikethrough” can be used to place a horizontal line through the middle of the selected text.

Example: List Block

Subscript

“Subscript” can be used to set character slightly below the normal line of type.

Example: List Block

Superscript

“Superscript” can be used to set character slightly above the normal line of type.

Example: List Block

Text Color

“Text Color” can be used to set the color of the text.

Example: List, Paragraph, Image

More options

Hide Block Settings

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

Copy

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

Duplicate

“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.

Edit as HTML

The “Edit as HTML” option allows you to modify the HTML code of the embed block.

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.

Group

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 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.

Ordered list settings

If you choose a numbered list, you can select the number your list starts at. This is useful if you want your list to start at a number other than 1.

You can also reverse the numbers of the list to start at the highest number first.

Advanced

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 “List” block. Then, you’ll be able to link directly to a “List” 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.

Changelog

  • Updated 2020-09-24
    • Screenshots and video 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
  • Created 2019-03-07