Support » Plugin: Gutenberg » This block has been modified externally.

  • Resolved yoavshai


    I’ve tried using Gutenberg for the first time. The flow is taking some time to get used to, but I see great potential, and I am sure after the next couple of posts I’ll never look back.
    Problem is, after I went back to the edit page, all my paragraph turned into “This block has been modified externally” messages. Now, I have no idea what modifications were made because I haven’t done any modifications.
    Any idea what could cause this message to appear?

    The page I need help with: [log in to see the link]

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  • Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

    If you have a plugin that directly modifies your post content, then that can happen. You can look at the HTML source to see if anything was added or changed.

    Hi again,
    I’ve done some checkups, and the issue occurs whenever I paste text that I’ve written in Word or even notepad.
    When I write directly in Gutenberg this doesn’t happen.
    Whatever happened to the “Paste as text” button?

    Another issue:
    I cannot seem to align photos to the center of the page

    Oh, and what about removing the justify option? Alt+shift+j doesn’t do the trick anymore?

    Same problem here.

    This warning message in the editor is causing a drag on my work flow. What good does this warning message feature benefit anyway, to prevent users from messing up code?

    The problem is you’re forced to convert the block into something other then its original form. How about just make this a subtle warning message, like a little icon, and allow the user to ignore it? What’s the whole point of forcing the user to convert the block before it can be edited again?

    There are lots of good things about Gutenberg. This force-block-conversation feature is sticking out like a sore thumb and not helping anything.

    Thank you.

    So, I finally found the reason for this error. It happens every time I change the alignment of the paragraph with ctrl+shift. I guess Gutenberg doesn’t want us to use any conventional short keys, and we have to use the mouse to change the alignment

    I suspect that short keys maybe ‘one’ of the things Gutenberg doesn’t like. I get the error by simply reopen a page to edit after saving it with no issue in the previous edit.

    Forget about what may cause the error message. I wish this ‘safe guard’ warning feature go way or present in a more subtle way. It’s the error-warning implementation method that is annoying and causing more problems than help.

    Moderator Marius L. J.



    We’ve got many shortcuts in Gutenberg, so that shouldn’t be a problem. I’m not familiar with ctrl+shift as one though, and it does not appear to do anything for me in Gutenberg 3.9.0, are you still experiencing these issues?

    @clorith – yes, I just ran into this message again this morning. When I click on the “convert to blocks” it basically wipes everything out and I have to start over again. I’m running Gutenberg 3.9.0. One plug-in that I’m using is “Atomic Blocks – Gutenberg Collection.”

    Moderator Marius L. J.


    I’m sorry to hear that, would you be able to provide the content you are trying to convert to blocks, I’d like to give it a go and see about tracking down why this is happening?

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