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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, links, lists, quotes, and preformatted text.

Before you begin

Tips

When adding text to your site, follow these best practices:

Limitations

  • The Text Block doesn't have a built-in tool for underlining text.
  • Foreign characters may cause formatting issues in the Text Block.
  • Squarespace doesn't support scripts or text written Right-to-Left (RTL).

Add a Text Block

A new Regular Page, blog post, and event starts with a Text Block. Click Write here… to add your text.

To add more Text Blocks, click an Insert Point and select Text from the Block menu. For more detailed steps, visit Adding blocks.

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Add text

To add text, click Write here…. 

Press Enter to create a new paragraph.

Tip: For less space between lines, add a line break by pressing Shift + Enter.

Use the text toolbar to apply or remove formatting.

Use your mouse to highlight text. Then, use the icons in the text toolbar to reformat your text. Review the sections below to learn about each option.

Undo or redo

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

Bold or italicize

Click the bold (B) or italics (I) icons.

Create a link

Highlight the text that you want to link, then click the link icon. You can link to:

  • An external page
  • An internal page
  • A file
  • An email address
  • A phone number

For detailed steps, visit Adding links to your site.

Align text

Click a paragraph align icon to align text to the left, center, or right.

Create headings and quotes

Highlight text, and then use the Format drop-down menu to switch back to normal (paragraph) text, create headings, or format quotes.

For simplicity, Squarespace offers three levels of headings:

  • Heading 1 (h1)
  • Heading 2 (h2)
  • Heading 3 (h3)
Note: As an alternative to the Quote style, you can add a quote with the Quote Block. In some templates, the Quote Block has its own style options, which helps the quote stand out.

Tip: Create a pull quote by mixing heading styles and wrapping one Text Block around another.

Add numbered and bulleted lists

Click the numbered and bulleted list icons to create lists.

Indent text

Click the indent icon to indent text. Click the remove indent icon to re-align.

Paste as plain text

If you copied text from an external program, paste it into the block as plain text by clicking the clipboard icon

Remove formatting

To remove formatting, highlight the text and click the “no” icon. This action reverts the text to its original formatting.

Remove the Text Block

To remove the Text Block, click the trash can icon. You can also click the padding around a Text Block and drag the Block to the trash can icon that appears.

For more detailed steps, visit Deleting a block.

Note: This action can’t be undone unless you cancel all edits to the page.

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:

  Mac Windows
Add a link + K Ctrl + K
Header 1 + 1 Ctrl + 1
Header 2 + 2 Ctrl + 2
Header 3 + 3 Ctrl + 3
Bold + B Ctrl + B

Italic

+ I Ctrl + I

Undo

+ Z Ctrl + U

Redo

+ Y Ctrl + Y

Paste as plain text

+ Shift + V Ctrl + Shift + V

Can I underline text?

No, the Text Block doesn't have an editing function to underline text. 

If you’re comfortable using Markdown or HTML, you can do this using a Markdown Block or Code Block. Please note that we don't provide support for advanced modifications like these. Review our Custom code FAQ for more details.

Can I format text in different colors?

Each text style can be a different color, set in your Style Editor, and all site text matches the color chosen for that style. This means that all normal (paragraph) text will be the same color, and each heading type will have the same color as other headings of the same type. This helps create a cohesive look for your site.

You can only override this with custom CSS, or by using a Code Block in place of your Text Block. Please note that Squarespace doesn't provide support for advanced modifications like these.

Can I justify text?

No. This can only be done with custom CSS.

Can a Text Block have a different background color?

The Text Block doesn't have a setting for a unique background color. The best way to create this is to use a background image if your template supports it.

Can I add an image to a Text Block?

Yes. You can wrap an image around text by floating an Image Block in a Text Block.

You can also add text directly over an image using the built-in Adobe Creative Cloud Image Editor.

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.

Why are Text Blocks merging?

Two or more Text Blocks stacked vertically always merge into one. To prevent this, separate each Text Block with a Spacer Block or Line Block.

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.

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