1. Format Your Text
  2. Access the Text (HTML) View
  3. Create Bulleted and Numbered Lists
  4. Copy and Paste from External Sources
  5. Paste External Text as Plain Text Video Tutorial

Format Your Text

Format your content using the Paragraph Formatting drop down tool found in the Visual Editing Panel. As per web standards, proper heading formats should be followed:

  • The title of your content page is preset as a Heading 1.
  • Each subsequent section should use a Heading 2 format.
  • Any sub-section within the Heading 2 should be formatted with a Heading 3.
  • If you require another level of header under a Heading 3, it is recommended that you use a Heading 4 or a regular paragraph format with a bold applied.

To format your text:

  1. Enter text into the Content Editing area.
  2. Highlight the text. To format an entire paragraph, place your cursor within the paragraph.
  3. From the Paragraph drop down tool select the desired heading.

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To remove formatting:

  1. Highlight the formatted text.
  2. Select Format from the Paragraph Formatting drop down tool.

At times it may be easier to remove formatting from within the Text view.

Access the Text (HTML) View

For editors that are required to make some code edits that cannot be done within the ‘Visual’ view, click the Text tab in the top right-hand corner of the visual editing panel to see the page code. Previous experience or knowledge with HTML coding is recommended for using this editing view.

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Create Bulleted and Numbered Lists

You can quickly add bullets or numbers to existing lines of text or you can create unordered and ordered lists as you type.

Bulleted lists

Use bulleted lists to call attention to related items and are often preceded by a lead-in sentence. To create an unordered list click on the unordered list icon in the visual editor panel.

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Numbered lists

Use ordered lists, or numbered lists, to highlight a sequence or a hierarchy of related items and are often preceded by a lead-in sentence. To create a numbered list click on the ordered lists icon in the visual editor panel.

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Soft Return in Bulleted Lists

Soft returns using your keyboard creates white space, and scannability on your page, and allows for you to add more text between bulleted points. This can be achieved by pressing Enter + Shift following a bullet point.

Copy and Paste from External Sources

When you copy and paste from Microsoft World into WordPress, MS Word brings its internal formatting – fonts, sizes, alignment, and much more – with it. These styles are embedded in the text itself and they tend to override the styles set up in WordPress. Your content may look normal on the visual editor screen, but hidden behind that is a lot of extra formatting.

If you want to copy and paste content from Microsoft Word (or any formatted content) into WordPress, use the ‘Paste as Plain Text’ function. It works as a toggle switch.

  1. Click the Paste as text icon. A grey outline will appear. Plain text pasting is now on.
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  2.  Place your cursor in the content area and paste.
  3. Click the Paste as text icon again to turn it plain text pasting off.

Paste External Text as Plain Text Video Tutorial

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