If you just started using WordPress Gutenberg, some of the standard text formatting may not be as obvious to do as you were used to in the classic WordPress editor. If you’re writing and editing in WordPress directly, one activity you may need to do is reorder paragraphs. Here are three ways that you can move paragraphs in WordPress Gutenberg.
Click the arrows on the left side of the paragraph
When you hover your mouse over a paragraph, little buttons appear on the left side of the block (paragraph), that allow you to move the paragraph up and down with each click.
Drag and drop to move paragraphs
Also when you hover on the paragraph, in between the arrow buttons is a button with 6 dots. That’s a drag and drop handle. Click those little dots and hold. Like you drag and drop files between folders, move your mouse while holding the mouse down until you see a highlighted bar either above or below where you want to drop the paragraph. Let go when the paragraphs is where you need it.
Tip: In order to see that bar, make sure your mouse is about an inch over the typed text and not in the white space on the left.
Use Keyboard Shortcuts to move paragraphs
Are keyboard shortcuts your go-to commands for editing your work in Word and other text editors? You can use those in WordPress Gutenberg as well.
Highlight the text that you need to move, Control-X to cut (or Command-X if you’re on a Mac). That will pull the text out of it’s current position. Now go to where you need to paste the text and Control-V (Command-V if you’re on a Mac) paste the text.
Tip: You can create new blocks by hitting the “Return” (enter) key on your keyboard. No need click a button. You can use regular typing to add and remove paragraphs. Think of blocks simply as paragraphs that sometimes show a menu right above.
Did this help you move your paragraphs in Gutenberg?
Are you have trouble with editing your content in WordPress Gutenberg? Did this help you reorder your paragraphs? What else about Gutenberg is giving you trouble?