How do I add a block?
In this post, we’ll concentrate on adding a block using two methods the Insertor and the Slash Command. If you want to learn about other methods, go HERE.
The Inserter is a good way to make yourself familiar with blocks and guides you through searching, selecting and adding them. The Slash Command is a shortcut that you may find helpful once you’re familiar with blocks and how to use them.
What is the Inserter?
The inserter is a way of searching and adding blocks to a post The inserter icon is a cross in a circle. Whenever you see the symbol ⊕ you can click on it and get a list of blocks, in a little modal window.
On top you see the ‘Most Used’ blocks. You can scroll down and open up other categories, like Layout, or Common and find more blocks.
How do I find the block I want with the Inserter?
From the inserter you can use the search box to search blocks by typing the beginning of a block name or a keyword for example,
"heading", then a list of blocks that fit the search will show. Select the desired block.
Where do I find the Inserter?
There are three places where you can use the inserter to add a search for, choose and add a block:
- Inserter ⊕ in the center between blocks
- Inserter ⊕ right of an empty block
- Inserter ⊕ in the Top Tool Bar
We’ll go through each of them in turn
Inserter ⊕ in the center between blocks
When you are writing or editing a post and hover your cursor between two existing blocks, the
Click on the Inserter icon to search for a block to insert.
Inserter ⊕ right of an empty block
Click on the Inserter ⊕ to search for a block to insert.
Inserter ⊕ from the Top Toolbar
Click on the Inserter icon ⊕ at the top left of the editor. (Top Toolbar)
The Inserter from the Top Toolbar also shows additional information per block and you can see a small preview of the block.
The Slash Command
When you’re writing a post and press Enter one or more times, a block will open and you’ll see one of two prompts:
When you type / a window like the one below will appear. You can select your block from the list in the window.
If you type / followed by a letter, for example /i, then the window will sort the blocks starting with the letter you typed. So /i produces: