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Text blocks

Text blocks are the primary means of adding text to your site. You can also use text blocks to add headings, links, lists, quotes, and preformatted text.

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Before you begin

  • Use text blocks to add text in content areas on your site. Other areas of your site may use different methods for adding text. For a list of where you can and can’t add text blocks, visit Adding content with blocks.
  • Only site owners and contributors with certain permissions can enter text in text blocks. To add text fields that your visitors can complete and send to you, use form blocks.

Limitations

  • Text blocks don't have a built-in tool for underlining text.
  • Text blocks don’t support scripts or text written Right-to-Left (RTL).
  • Special characters may cause formatting issues in text blocks.

Add a text block

A placeholder text block appears automatically in empty content areas when you click Edit.

To add a new text block:

  1. Edit a page or post, click an insert point, and select Text from the menu. For help, visit Adding content with blocks.
  2. Click into the text block to add text. Press Enter to create a new paragraph.
  3. Click Save to save your changes.

Keep in mind:

  • If you're pasting text from another source, paste it as plain text. This action removes formatting that can interfere with how your text displays. For preparing text outside Squarespace, consider using a plain text editor such as Notepad for Windows or TextEdit for Mac.
  • To troubleshoot text you've already pasted, use the text toolbar to remove formatting. For more tips, visit Fixing text formatting.
  • For less space between lines, on a computer, add a line break by pressing Shift+Enter. If formatting issues appear when creating line breaks, visit Fixing text formatting.

Format and style text

To format or style text, use your mouse to highlight text. Then, click the icons in the text toolbar.

  • To learn about the text toolbar and your formatting options, visit Formatting text.
  • To learn about changing fonts, colors, and text size, visit Styling text.

Delete text blocks

To delete a text block, click the trash can icon in the text toolbar. For more detailed steps, visit Deleting blocks.

Note: In version 7.0, this action can’t be undone unless you cancel all edits to the page before clicking Save.

If you can't delete a text block, it may be a placeholder text block. Learn more in the next section.

Placeholder text blocks

Placeholder text blocks appear anywhere you can add blocks when the content area is empty. For example, when you create a blank page, a text block appears when you start editing the page.

You can’t delete these blocks until you add more content, but empty placeholder blocks won’t add padding to your page or be visible to visitors.

Error message: We have detected an error while saving your content. Please try again.

When you delete content from existing collection items, this error sometimes displays when saving. This helps prevent content loss. To prevent the error and save successfully, add a spacer block to the content area. This error can appear in blog posts, event descriptions, and product additional information. 

FAQ

How do I change fonts?

You can change font types and sizes in site styles. To learn more, visit Changing fonts.

Are there keyboard shortcuts?

Yes. For a full list, visit Squarespace keyboard shortcuts and tips.

Can I underline text?

Text blocks don't support underlining text with the text toolbar. Instead, you can add an underline using a keyboard shortcut or site styles tweak, depending on your site's version.

To learn more, visit Formatting text

Can I style text in different colors?

In version 7.1, you can style individual letters, words, or sentences in a text block to be different colors. Use the color icon in the text block toolbar to choose a color from your site-wide palette, or choose a custom color. The text block toolbar color overrides the text color for that section theme. To learn more, visit Styling text.

In version 7.0 text blocks, all site text matches the color chosen for that group in site styles. You can only override this with custom CSS, or by using Markdown blocks or code blocks in place of text blocks. Note that we don't provide support for advanced modifications like these. Review Adding custom code to your site for more details.

Can I justify text?

No. This can only be done with custom CSS. Please note that we don't provide support for advanced modifications like these. Review Adding custom code to your site for more details.

Can text blocks have different background colors?

No. Text blocks don't have a setting for unique background colors. The best way to create this is to use poster image blocks with solid color images.

Can I add images to text blocks?

Yes. You can wrap text around images by floating image blocks in text blocks.

Why does some text look different from the rest?

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

Why are text blocks merging?

Two or more text blocks stacked vertically always merge into one. To prevent this, separate each text block with spacer blocks or line blocks.

Text blocks placed next to each other horizontally won't merge. You can still use spacer blocks between each text block to create space between columns. To learn more, visit Moving blocks to customize layouts.

Why are there nonsense words in my text blocks?

Some templates include “Lorem Ipsum” text in demo content. This is placeholder text intended to show how text might look in a site layout. You can edit the text or delete the text blocks entirely.

Does the text block have spell check?

Squarespace doesn't have a built-in spell checker, but our supported browsers do. By enabling your browser's spell checker, you can identify misspelled words and grammatical errors while editing text blocks on pages or blog posts. Here's more information on browser spell checkers:

Another option is to spell checking your text in an editing program before adding it to your site. Copying and pasting text from another program can carry over formatting, so we recommend visiting Fixing text formatting to avoid any issues.

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