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  • Hi Guys,

    In WordPress 5.5, the Gutenberg “Block Navigation” dropdown tool in the page editor’s top toolbar no longer indicates the active selected block.

    In WordPress 5.4.2, the currently selected block was prominently highlighted in the Block Navigation tool with a light gray background.

    This is critical functionality. Will it be fixed?


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  • Hi @detroitwidget

    Thanks for your note. I’m not sure I follow what you’re saying, could you provide a little more detail? A screenshot would be super helpful as well.

    I’ll do my best to help. πŸ™‚

    Thread Starter detroitwidget


    Hi Animesh,

    To clarify …

    In the first screenshot linked below, I’m using WordPress 5.4.2. The “Fran Acadia” Profile Box is the currently selected block in the page editor. That Profile Box is also highlighted in the Block Navigation dropdown tool.

    In the second screenshot (beloW), I’m using WordPress 5.5 with the same block selected. As you can see, the selected Profile Box is not highlighted. This UI change makes it very difficult to tell which block is currently selected — Especially when working with many nested blocks on long pages.

    Thanks for helping.

    Hi @detroitwidget

    Thanks for providing the details and screenshots. I can see this issue in WordPress 5.5.

    I have created a ticket for the same and the team will try to resolve it asap.

    You can see the ticket here:

    If you want you can also watch this ticket to get the regular updates on the issue.

    Thank you so much for reporting the problem. Please let me know if you have any further questions. πŸ™‚

    Hi @detroitwidget

    Here is the good news: The team said that the functionality is restored in WordPress 5.5.1. You will be able to see the changes once it is officially released. πŸ™‚

    Thread Starter detroitwidget


    Thank you Sir. I appreciate the help.

    Hi @detroitwidget

    You’re very welcome! I sincerely appreciate your understanding in this matter. Please feel welcome to reach out to support forums with any questions you may have and we would be more than happy to help. πŸ™‚

    @detroitwidget I should note that the styling changed, though (if you haven’t noticed already).

    While the functionality returned in 5.5.1, the current block is indicated by inverting the icon colors (white against black) instead of adding the light gray background behind text. It may become more obvious in a later version.

    Thank you so much @sabernhardt. That’s looking perfect and clean. πŸ™‚

    @detroitwidget Please update your WordPress to 5.5.1 and you would be able to see the changes now. πŸ™‚

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