Tips for using the WordPress editor

Styling and editing your posts and pages

I get asked lots of questions about how to do things in the WordPress editor.  Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Q: I cannot see all of the icons on the editor bar.

Click on the toggle toolbar icon as shown below.

The toggle toolbar icon

Q: How do I add a single line break rather than a paragraph?

To add a new paragraph we press the return key.

To add a single line space (know as a soft return) press down the shift key and then press return.

Q: How do I add a line break or a horizontal line?

  1. Put your cursor where you want the line to appear
  2. Click on the Horizontal Line icon as indicated below.
  3. Your line will be added to the page.  You can adjust the space above and below if you wish.

Adding a horizontal line or line break

Q: How do I add an arrow or a special character?

It’s nice to add an arrow after a link like this:  My link »

  1. Put your cursor where you want the character to appear.
  2. Click on the Special Character icon as shown below.
    Adding an arrow or special character
  3. Select the character you wish to use and it will be inserted.
    WordPress special characters

Q: How do change the paragraph text to a heading?

  1. Click on the formatting box as shown below and select the format you wish to use.NB.  It is very important that you do not use Heading 1 in your body text.  Google hates it if Heading 1 appears more than once in a page.  You can use the others as often as you like but use them naturally, as you would if you created a word document.

Formatting paragraphs and headings

Lots more WordPress tips and tricks here »

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