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In this section, we’ll be covering some of the basics of formatting your WordPress posts with the built-in WordPress post editor.
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, italicize or strikethrough 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 bolded.
• 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 italicized 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, center 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 fullscreen.”
• 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 color of your selected text, just use this icon to select the color.
• 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.
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