In this section, we’ll be covering some of the basics of formatting your WordPress posts with the builtin WordPress post editor.


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The majority of your formatting options can be found in the Post Editor Toolbar. If  you’ve ever used a word processing software such as Microsoft Word, most of these icons should look familiar. 


To get started formatting your WordPress posts, visit Posts > Add New or Posts >  All Posts and select the post you’d like to edit. 


The formatting icons included in the WordPress post editor include:

  • In the first row of the toolbar, we have options to bold, italicise or  strike-through text. To bold text, just select the text you’d like to format and click the bold button. You’ll see this text has been made bold.
  • The next two icons are for bulleted and numbered lists. If you’d like to add a  list to a post, just select the text, then click that icon.
  • The quotation mark icon is the block quote feature. By default, this will add  an indentation and italicised style to your selected text. (Note: your WordPress theme controls how block quotes are styled on the front end of your site).
  • Next are alignment options. You can choose to align left, centre or align  right.
  • The next icon is the insert more tag. This will change how much text your  blog page displays with a read more link.
  • If you’d prefer to write your posts in distraction free mode, click this icon.  This will take you to full screen writing mode similar to using a Word processing software. To exit out of this mode, we’ll click “exit full screen.”
  • If we click the Show/hide the kitchen sink, another line of formatting options  will be revealed. Here you can add heading styles to your text, underline text or set a full alignment .
  • If you decide you’d like to change the colour of your selected text, just use this  icon to select the colour.
  • The next two icons are for pasting text either  as plain text or from Microsoft Word.

If you ever get stuck using your formatting icons, you can simply hover over the icon  to see the name and function.