Paragraph Block

Go to the List of Blocks

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.

Block Toolbar

Block Toolbar for the paragraph block.
Paragraph Block Toolbar

Each block has its own block-specific controls that allow you to manipulate the block right in the editor. If you hover over the buttons, tooltips will tell you what is behind the buttons, and also show you keyboard shortcuts when available.

Besides the Mover and Drag & Drop handle, the Block Toolbar for the paragraph block shows other buttons:

  • Transform to
  • Change text alignment
  • Bold and Italics
  • Insert Hyperlinks
  • More Rich Text Controls
  • More options

Transform to:

Block Toolbar for the paragraph block with an emphasis on the "transform to" option with everything a paragraph can be transformed to.

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.

Change text alignment:

Block Toolbar for the paragraph block with an emphasis on the "change text alignment" drop down options.
Block toolbar with the drop-down for alignment.

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.

Insert hyperlink pop up modal from the paragraph block.

The Search mentioned in the text box relates to a search 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.

How to use the "Refer [[" command to link to an existing post or 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.

Since WordPress 6.0, you can type `[[` (double bracket) and select the existing post or page to make a link to it.

More rich text options:

Block Toolbar for the paragraph block with an emphasis on the "more rich text options" drop down.
Block toolbar with the drop-down for More rich text options


Using the “Highlight” option allows you to change the color for selected text and its background.

How to use the "highlight" styling option for the paragraph block.

Inline Code

Use the inline code feature to format code snippets within your text differently. Not only that, but Inline code formatting also prevents the code to be executed instead of displayed.

Inline Image

The inline image feature allows you to add an image to your paragraph. It has one option: enter the desired pixel width for your image.

How to use the "inline image" option for the paragraph block.

Keyboard Input

Using the “Keyboard Input” option allows you to add the <kbd> tag to selected text.


Using the “Strikethrough” option adds a line through your highlighted text.

How to use the "Strikethrough" option for the paragraph block.


The “Subscript” option allows you to add subscript to your highlighted text.

How to use the "subscript" option for the paragraph block.


The “Superscript” option allows you to add superscript to your highlighted text.

How to use the "superscript" option for the paragraph block.

More Options:

Block Toolbar for the paragraph block with an emphasis on the "more options" drop down.

Hide Block Settings

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

Duplicate block

Using the “Duplicate Block” option, you can create a copy of the selected block.

Insert Before

“Insert before” lets you add the previously duplicated block before the selected block

Insert After

“Insert After” lets you add the previously duplicated block after the selected block

Edit as HTML

When you select the Edit as HTML option, you will be able to add more HTML code to this particular paragraph, for instance, to add inline CSS or specific <span/> tags.

Pop up modal for adjusting locking settings for the paragraph block.


Since WordPress 6.0, you can lock the block to disallow moving and/or removing. If you lock the block, “Lock” icon will be shown at the Block Toolbar. For more details about Lock, refer More Options.

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.

Block settings available for the paragraph block including updating colors and typography settings.

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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.

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

Color Settings

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

Adjusting color settings for the paragraph block.

To specify the custom color, click the upper rectangle area. Either by selecting the hue in the big box or a different color from the slide below or by your preferred color number system: Hexadecimal, RGB, or HSL.

Also, Link color can be set by clicking View options and selecting Link option.

How to select a specific "Link" color for the paragraph block.

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

Typography Settings

The Typography Settings allow you to change the paragraph’s font size, either with preset size or custom size by clicking the slider icon. Also you may select the unit of custom font size from PX, EM, and REM.

How to adjust the size of the typography for the paragraph block with pre-set sizes.
How to adjust the size of the typography for the paragraph block with a custom size.

Click View options and check the option that you want to customize.

  • Appearance
  • Line height
  • Letter case
  • Letter spacing
Various customization typography options for the paragraph block.


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

The advanced tab for the paragraph block.

“HTML anchor” allows you to make a unique web address for a particular block. Then, you’ll be able to link directly to a block of your page. For more detail, refer to Page Jumps.

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 2022-09-26
    • Updated wording of “Block Toolbar” section
    • Added Alt Text to images
  • Updated 2022-05-24
    • All screenshots & videos have been changed for WordPress 6.0.
    • Added Keyboard Input inline format.
  • Updated 2020-08-23
    • Added subscript and superscript options
    • Updated content to WP 5.5
    • Updated images to WP 5.5
    • Convert existing blocks to media & text blocks
  • Updated 2020-04-20
    • Added updated color settings screen
    • Added video on how to change color in the Custom Color window.
    • changed date in Changelog from mm/dd/yyyy to yyyy-mm-dd
    • Added new Category: Common Blocks
    • Category Hierarchy: Block Editor > Core Blocks > Common Blocks
  • Updated 2020-04-18
    • Added “More Options” 3-dot menu section and explanations of the options.
    • Added explanations and illustrations to the various toolbar rich content options.
    • Added screenshots of toolbar drop downs
    • Replaced previous block tool bar images with WordPress 5.4 views
    • Added video for tool tips on paragraph toolbar
    • converted reusable block to Regular block
    • Added the Changelog
  • created 2019-03-07

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