Inside the Gutenberg Editor settings for WordPress

Here’s an in-depth look at the editor settings you may not have noticed for the new Gutenberg content editor for WordPress. Watch the video below for examples of what the settings do.

When you first use Gutenberg or the new editor for WordPress 5.0 and onward, you’ll notice an interface similar to what the classic editor gave you in the past. The major differences are this bar that runs across the top and a Settings sidebar on the right. 

Top Toolbar

From the top Toolbar you can:

  • Add new blocks
  • Undo/Redo recent changes
  • Check the Content Structure which shows the number of words, headings, paragraphs and blocks. Once you add a heading, you’ll be able to also see a Document Outline underneath.
  • Navigate to specific blocks using the Block Navigation.

On the right you’ll see buttons to Preview and Publish the post, and a gear icon that turns the Settings sidebar on or off.

3 dots for more options

At the very far right is a button with three dots that show more options.

Top Toolbar

The Gutenberg editor normally shows block tools above each block. If you turn on Top Toolbar, it will combine the block Tools with the other Document Tools in the Top Toolbar.

Spotlight Mode

Spotlight Mode will dim or gray out other blocks that are not selected. You may want to turn this on if you’re wanting to focus on one block at a time.

Fullscreen Mode

The Fullscreen Mode will make the WordPress admin sidebar and other elements disappear. This is similar to the mode that was available with the Classic editor.

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