In addition to basic text formatting options, WordPress gives you some advanced text editing tools. In this movie, Carrie walks you through what each of these tools does and how you can use them to enhance your content. You’ll also learn how to clear formatting from any text that you copy then paste from another source.
- [Voiceover] In addition to the basic text formatting options, WordPress gives us a few advanced tools. To see all the available options, just make sure that you've toggled the ellipses. Let's walk through each of these options that we have. The first is a strikethrough. A strikethrough represents an error, or text that should be deleted. This could be handy if you're providing editing feedback for another author. It's also stylistically used for humor. Next, we've got the underline. This is pretty self-explanatory.
Because many hyperlinks on the web are styled with an underline, I recommend caution when using this. You want to be sure that your content isn't visually confusing to your readers. As a note, you don't need to manually underline links. Link styles are applied automatically by your theme. Next, we have the horizontal line. This simply functions as a section break. Justify aligns both sides of the text on either side of the screen. I recommend using this sparingly as justified text can be more difficult to read.
Our goal as content writers is to make things easy for our readers. Here, we have the option to change your text color. While your theme primarily determines styles and colors for your text, you can use this to add special emphasis. Here we have paste as text. If you copy and paste text from somewhere else, say another website, or a Word document, some of that formatting is brought over. You may not want that, in which case, you can click this paste as text button, and any special formatting or HTML tags are removed.
The first time you click this on a post, you'll see this popup message. Go ahead and click OK and from there on out, you can toggle paste as text on or off. A little box outline around it indicates that we've got paste as text on. Along the lines of paste as text, we've got clear formatting. If you want to strip the formatting from existing text, just highlight the text you want, and click clear formatting. WordPress also allows you to insert special characters into your content. You can also indent text or decrease the indent.
Lastly, we have undo and redo buttons, which can come in really handy when editing content.
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