Using the Text Block

The Text Block is the primary means of adding text to your site. You can use Text Blocks to add headings, quotes, pre-formatted text, links, and lists.

Before you begin

  • If you're pasting text from another source, ensure you're using plain text and that all formatting is stripped. We recommend pasting it into a format-free text editor (like Notepad or TextEdit) before adding it to your site. Alternatively, click the Paste as Plain Text icon in the Text Toolbar, which pastes your text without any formatting.
  • To troubleshoot text that you've already pasted, visit Fixing text formatting.
  • The Text Block is for adding text, and the Style Editor is for changing fonts, colors, and sizes.

Step 1 - Add a Text Block

By adding a new Page, Blog Post, or Event, you can add text immediately. 

To add an additional Text Block, click an Insert Point and select Text from the Block menu.

For more detailed steps, visit Adding blocks with Insert Points.

Step 2 - Add text

To add text, click in the Text Block and start typing.

Note: Squarespace doesn't currently support scripts or text written Right-to-Left (RTL).

Paragraphs and line breaks

Pressing the Return or Enter keys creates a new paragraph. If you'd like less space, you can add a line break instead. To add a line break, press Shift + Return/Enter.

Step 3 - Format text

Use the Text Block Editor to apply or remove formatting.

Use your mouse to highlight text. Then, use the icons in the Text Block Editor. You bold or italicize text; create a text link; align your text to the left, center, or right; create a heading; create a block quote; add a numbered or bulleted list; undo and redo; and remove formatting.

Bold/italicize

Highlight your text and click bold (B) or italics (I).

Create a link

To create a link, highlight the text that you want to link, and then and click the link icon. You can link to an external page, internal page, a file, or an email address. To learn more, visit Creating a text link.

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Align text

Highlight text and click a Paragraph Align icon to alight text to the left, center, or right.

Create headings

Use the Format drop-down menu to create headings, switch back to normal (paragraph) text, create blockquotes, and create pre-formatted text.

Add numbered and bulleted lists

Highlight the text and click the numbered and bulleted list icons.

Click the indent and un-indent icons to indent text and create nested lists.

Paste as plain text

If you copied text from an external program, paste it into a Text Block as plain text by clicking the Paste as Plain Text icon, which looks like a clipboard.

This opens a box where you can paste the text.

Remove formatting

To remove formatting, highlight the text and click the Remove Formatting icon, which looks like a "no" symbol. This reverts the text to its original formatting.

Undo/redo

Click the Undo and Redo arrows to undo or redo an action.

Remove the Text Block

To remove the Text Block, click the trash can icon.

You can also remove a Text Block by clicking in the padding around a Text Block and dragging the Block to the trash can icon that appears.

FAQ

How do I change fonts?

To change font types, colors, and sizes, use the Style Editor. To learn more, visit Changing Fonts.

Are there keyboard shortcuts?

Yes, there are four shortcuts:

  • Command/Control + b makes text bold
  • Command/Control + i makes text italicized
  • Command/Control + z undoes an action
  • Command/Control + y redoes an action that was undone

Can I underline text?

No, the Text Block doesn't have an editing function to underline text. You can do this using custom HTML and CSS with a Code Block. Please note that we don't provide support for advanced modifications like this.

Can I format text in different colors?

All normal (paragraph) text on your site will be the same color, and each heading type will be the same color as its same type. This is designed to help you create a cohesive look for your site.

You can only override this with custom CSS.  To learn more, visit How should I use custom CSS and Using the CSS Editor. Please note that Squarespace doesn't provide support for advanced modifications like custom CSS.

You can also do this by adding your text using a Code Block instead of a Text Block.

Can I justify text?

This is also done only with custom CSS.

Can a Text Block have a different background color?

The best way to create different background colors for different parts of a page is to use a background image (if your template supports it) or by using custom CSS. The Text Block doesn't have a setting for a unique background color.

Can I add an image to a Text Block?

You can add an image to a text block using CSS. You can also float an Image Block in a Text Block to create text wrapping.

Why does some text look different from the rest?

This is probably a result of copying and pasting text into a Text Block. For more information, visit Fixing text formatting.

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