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Using 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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Tips

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

  • 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 blocks.
  • 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 of 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.
  • Use Text Blocks to add your text. Use the Site Styles panel to change fonts, colors, and sizes.
  • Only site owners and contributors with certain permissions can enter text in Text Blocks. To add text boxes that your visitors can fill out 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

To add a Text Block:

  1. Click Edit on a page or post.
  2. Click an insert point or the + icon.
  3. Select Text from the menu. For more detailed steps, visit Adding blocks.

Select Text on the block menu to add a Text Block.

  1. Click Write here… to add text. Press Enter to create a new paragraph.
Tip: For less space between lines, add a line break by pressing Shift + Enter. If you see formatting issues when creating line breaks, visit Fixing text formatting.

Click Write Here... in an empty Text Block to add your own text.

  1. Click Save to save your changes.
Note: A placeholder Text Block appears in empty content areas when you click Edit. To learn more, see Placeholder Text Blocks.

Format text

Use your mouse to highlight text. Then, use the icons in the text toolbar to format your text. To learn about the text toolbar and your formatting options, visit Formatting and styling text.

The text toolbar.

Delete Text Blocks

To delete Text Blocks, click the trash can icon. For more detailed steps, visit Deleting a block.

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

If you aren’t able to 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.

FAQ

How do I change fonts?

To change font types, colors, and sizes, use the Site Styles editor. 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?

No, Text Blocks don't have an editing function to underline text.

If you’re comfortable using HTML, you can do this using Markdown Blocks or Code Blocks. 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 the Site Styles panel, 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 Markdown Blocks or Code Blocks in place of Text Blocks. Please note that we don't provide support for advanced modifications like these. Review our Custom code FAQ 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 our Custom code FAQ 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 Creating columns and rows with blocks.

Why are there nonsense words in my Text Blocks?

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

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