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Format Text


Learn how to format text within the content box on a page or post

Who can do this?

Administrator, Editor, Editor Plus, Page Author, Author and Contributors. Contributors can do this on posts, but not pages.

Plugins required



On this page, you will find some overall formatting tips as well as: text style (headings), bullets and numbering, and hyperlinks

Overall Tips
When cutting and pasting pre-existing text from a word-processing platform (such as MS Word) into WordPress, be aware that any formatting from that document may not translate to WordPress. It is advisable to cut and paste text that is as clean as possible, and format text within WordPress. Below are some ways to format the text on your post or page.

In order to get a hard return (i.e., when you press return to start a new line of text, WordPress will automatically put a space between the two lines), you must hold down the “shift” key while pressing return.

Text Style
In WordPress, you can format in very similar ways to another word processing platform. For example, you can dictate whether the style of text is paragraph or different kinds of headings:

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You can do things like make bulleted lists by simply highlighting the text and selecting the bullet icon from the menu:

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You can also make the text interactive, by inserting hyperlinks. Simply highlight a piece of text, and the “link button” will appear (it is greyed out if text is not highlighted). Click on that link icon and insert the URL where you want the text to point. It is a good idea to check “open in a new window” so that the user doesn’t navigate away from the page they are on.

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And now the word is hyperlinked (it will be blue and underlined):

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