Using the Gutenberg Editor

AND THE GUTENBERG EDITOR ALL AT ONE TIME
OH JOY!

PLEASE NOTE: I FOUND AN ARTICLE THAT IS A GREAT REFERENCE ON EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE EDITOR: https://ezseonews.com/blog/gutenberg-tutorial/. This article answered many of my questions. ~Colleen~

“Gutenberg” is the name of the new editor experience onWordPress. Their goal was to create a new post and page editing experience that makes it easy for anyone to create rich post layouts.

First let me say, that I have been using the new editor for a few days. It’s different, but I’m not struggling with using it. The layout is simple, and you can figure everything out by clicking the + to the left of each paragraph when you begin typing. 

I’ve found the scheduling feature to be glitchy, and have had to click on each part of the date and time in order to get the scheduler to accept my request. But, I haven’t died yet!

I do want to share some things that I’ve found to be invaluable in maneuvering the changes. This is the canonical list of keyboard shortcuts:

Editor shortcuts #Editor shortcuts

Shortcut descriptionLinux/Windows shortcutmacOS shortcut
Display keyboard shortcuts.Shift+Alt+H⌃⌥H
Save your changes.Ctrl+S⌘S
Undo your last changes.Ctrl+Z⌘Z
Redo your last undo.Ctrl+Shift+Z⇧⌘Z
Show or hide the settings sidebar.Ctrl+Shift+,⇧⌘,
Open the block navigation menu.Shift+Alt+O⌃⌥O
Navigate to a the next part of the editor.Ctrl+`⌃`
Navigate to the previous part of the editor.Ctrl+Shift+`⌃⇧`
Navigate to a the next part of the editor (alternative).Shift+Alt+N⇧⌥N
Navigate to the previous part of the editor (alternative).Shift+Alt+P⇧⌥P
Navigate to the nearest toolbar.Alt+F10⌥F10
Switch between Visual Editor and Code Editor.Ctrl+Shift+Alt+M⇧⌥⌘M

Selection shortcuts #Selection shortcuts

Shortcut descriptionLinux/Windows shortcutmacOS shortcut
Select all text when typing. Press again to select all blocks.Ctrl+A⌘A
Clear selection.EscEsc

Block shortcuts #Block shortcuts

Shortcut descriptionLinux/Windows shortcutmacOS shortcut
Duplicate the selected block(s).Ctrl+Shift+D⇧⌘D
Remove the selected block(s).Shift+Alt+Z⌃⌥Z
Insert a new block before the selected block(s).Ctrl+Alt+T⌥⌘T
Insert a new block after the selected block(s).Ctrl+Alt+Y⌥⌘Y
Change the block type after adding a new paragraph.//

Text formatting #Text formatting

Shortcut descriptionLinux/Windows shortcutmacOS shortcut
Make the selected text bold.Ctrl+B⌘B
Make the selected text italic.Ctrl+I⌘I
Underline the selected text.Ctrl+U⌘U
Convert the selected text into a link.Ctrl+K⌘K
Remove a link.Ctrl+Shift+K⇧⌘K
Add a strikethrough to the selected text.Shift+Alt+D⌃⌥D
Display the selected text in a monospaced font.Shift+Alt+X⌃⌥X

I did a cut and paste from this document: What is Gutenberg WordPress.org

As you can see, I couldn’t change the size of the copied table to accommodate the words typed on each line. There is a table feature now, but I have not played with it to see how it works.

Nevertheless, these shortcuts will prove to be a huge help. I copied the table from the site above and pasted it into a Word document which I then printed out. Eventually, I’ll have most of these keyboard shortcuts memorized.

I found that I could create a template post that I saved in drafts. The first thing I did was to take my old post and copy it and set it up into the block format. It was tedious and time-consuming, but I now have a template copy that I can copy from each week. This is a great help for many of my posts, such as my poetry challenge and recap which are basically the same each week. (I’ll give instructions for the Mac as that is the type of computer I use). 

Please note: There is a copy a post command that you can use, but it doesn’t bring over your colors, centering of paragraphs, etc. I tried it and found it to be a waste of my time.

Instead, from the draft copy, I could do a command A, command C, and then a command V, to paste the copied material into a new post document which included all the highlighting, indenting, and special text settings I had set up in the template.

Cut and paste clearly have issues, so if you use that function be prepared to clear up your post.

There are some cool things you can do to highlight text by changing the block text color and the background color from the color settings menu on the right. In the block above, I made the background gold and the text orange.

Headings or Titles

However

You can’t change the color of the titles. But, WordPress made it easier for you. If you select the paragraph setting, you can enlarge the font size and change its color, and background color, like I did above with the word “However.”

There are settings on the right-hand side of the editor for your document and for the blocks. You can even add a drop cap to your writing now! You can also move the blocks around by using the up or down option on the left-hand side of each paragraph.

I do want to mention that I had some posts scheduled already. I attempted to make some changes and found that I couldn’t. I didn’t try this, but I figure you would have to switch back to the old editor in order to make your changes.

Don’t be afraid to use the new editor. There is a lot of hype out there right now and I admit, I was the most fearful of all. Now that I’ve had the chance to use the editor, I’m finding that it’s not that bad. As with all new things, you just have to learn how to use the program. At one time you had to learn how to use the old WordPress editor, right? When you put it into those terms, it’s not so scary.

Image Credit: sayingimages.com

If we want to stay relevant in today’s fast-paced society we must embrace change. I might deny that I said any of this tomorrow, but for today… pull up your big girl or big boy panties and try the editor! <3

Hugs to you all! <3

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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104 Comments

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  3. Thank you for this. I’m still struggling with the new editor. <3

  4. Thank you for all these shortcuts but I am more confused now. LOL! I did use it on one of my posts. I found it a little confusing but gettting the hang of it, I think! Yikes! Just when we get used to one way to post they always mix things up for us. Keeps us jumping! Ha! 🤗 😘 🎄 🎁

    • LOL! I think there will be lots of updates. I noticed when I copy from a document in Word, it lumps many of the words together. Very tedious to check each paragraph for errors. The Italics doesn’t work for me either. I suppose they will get more of this fixed as we go. I do like the ease of use. Commit to the editor and just learn how to use it. It’s not that bad. <3

  5. Thanks for the wonderful tips, Colleen. I am going to have to give it a try. Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. There’s a huge backlash out there about this ‘upgrade’ and it seems like WP might just be listening. We can only hope. 🙂

  7. Reblogged this on BrewNSpew and commented:
    Here are some good tips on using the Gutenberg Editor from Colleen.

  8. I’ve tried it on a few of my posts. At first, I was frustrated however I am getting used to it. It’s different and some of the features are helpful. With that said, some of the features I don’t like can be turned off. I have issues when I hit the publish button and when including links in my posts. It takes time but once you get used to the settings, it gets better.

  9. Sadly I think Gutenberg will be the end of my blogging on WordPress, I tried it and couldn’t get it. You’re one of the first posts I’ve come across that said it was easy, maybe I’ll try again, but my first experience was yucky. Oh well, all things must come to an end. 😉
    Thanks for trying to cheer us up about this ‘change’. 😉
    Hope this week treats you kindly. 🙂

    • Donna, the trial version was horrible. I had issues with it too. But the actual editor isn’t horrible. Try again. It’s different, but take a day if you can and just play and create some posts. I added a link that tells you how to do everything. Don’t give up yet. We need you! <3

  10. Thank you Colleen for calming our fear. 😎

  11. Thank you for sharing your experience with the new editor and your advice, Colleen. I will try it at some point. 🙂

  12. Thank you for the pep talk and motivation! I’m working with the new editor right now. I’m going to give myself 2 weeks before I post something. Still getting the hang of it, but I appreciate the encouragement Colleen! <3 🙂

  13. Thanks for this. I plan to give it a try soon.

  14. Thanks. You’ve convinced me to give it a try with my next author interview.

  15. If the layout is simple it definitely works for me Colleen. Nice breakdown here.

  16. Thanks so much for this timely info! We are all in panic mode over this and really, come January, I suspect we will all be singing Gutenberg praises – one can hope, right? LOL

  17. I’m with Peach and Boyack up there. I do *not* want to try this. *weeps in corner* I use the two-times old WP admin dashboard still. Yup, I do.

    This is some fab info, Colleen. Sharing. (And reluctantly taking notes.) 😉

    • LOL! Eventually you’ll realize how easy this editor is to use. Like everything in life once you get the hang of it you’ll be fine. 😍❤️

      • It is, right? We always hate/fear change. Then we get used to it and are all, “Oh, yeah! Remember when it used to be the WP dashboard?” I do, however, hope this is the last change for a long while.

        I love sharing things when I learn (mess up) on my blog. It saves others some time and frustration. So… Thanks for this post. 🙂 <3

  18. Ugh! Not looking forward to any of this. I use the WordPress app to prepare and schedule my posts. Any editing I do on the old original editor. Any idea when they force this down my throat?

  19. Thanks for the encouragement, Colleen.. 🙂 — Suzanne

  20. Thank you, Colleen. I appreciate this.

  21. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Great tutorial and printable shortcuts lists from Colleen 😀

  22. Thanks so much for sharing this information, Colleen. I’ve printed out the shortcuts. You’re right in what you say. We all, once, had to learn how to use the classic editor, so now it’s time for us to all learn how to use Gutenberg. And, as you mentioned in one of the comments, WordPress will at some stage stop updating and fixing bugs in the classic editor. When that happens, I don’t want to be one of the bloggers then having to rush to learn how to use Gutenberg. With December and the Christmas season coming up, the blogging world tends to go quiet, so it’ll be a great time to get to grips with Gutenberg.

  23. Thank you, Colleen. The message popped up again and asked me to try but I was in the middle of doing a post. I’ll accept and try when it popped up again.

  24. Reblogged this on Where Genres Collide and commented:
    I used it for a post I scheduled for Fri. I think it’ll turn out okay. I didn’t think the new Editor was too bad. Just different, lol.

  25. I’ve read mixed reviews, Colleen, so your experience seems positive! I had to learn a new educational platform last spring to teach my classes and was glad I dove in. Have you heard when WP will update?

  26. You are so brave, Colleen. My brain shut down about halfway through reading this and I started hyperventilating. OMG I’m screwed. Ha ha ha. Seriously, why do they do this to us… to me! I don’t learn new tricks very well! Anyway, I plan to stay with the current editor for now, but I did save this post for the future in case I need it. You did a great job laying it out and I’m sure the shortcuts will be invaluable. Thank you!!!

  27. I realize that I have not given this a fair shake.. however, nothing about using it is easy. What with the short cuts, etc. my head is swimming. Waaay too complicated for my taste. Just sayin’

  28. Excellent post, Colleen! Thanks so much for sharing… <3

  29. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    I will leave you tonight with a post on the new Gutenberg editor as tested and used by Colleen Chesebro… who is urging us to embrace change… but as she admits it is still pitchy and a bit frustrating… I will let them iron a few things out before I dive in.. I keep my posts KIS…just text and images and with the amount I post I would need a sedative drip… thanks Colleen for the tutorial and have bookmarked for when and if I give it a go..

  30. Arghhh! I HATE keyboard shortcuts. I hope your exhaustive explanation of all this doesn’t mean that’s the default way to use Gutenberg. I know it should be faster than mouse clicking, but I rarely use it anymore–it seems retro to me. But it’s like all the Microsoft products (and I suppose MAC as well) and computers generally, at least three to five ways to do anything for whatever floats one’s boat.

  31. I am already mixed up just reading all you can do with it…lol. You are brave Colleen. The old one is working fine so I don’t see why I would frustrate myself at this time, it doesn’t take much for me to get frustrated.

  32. I’ve saved this for reference, another way of saying I don’t understand on first reading…. I’m glad I’m not the only one who couldn’t schedule – I panicked and opened another page, found the draft copy and published immediately instead, by the time I had done all that it wasn’t long before I wanted it posted anyway, but it would have been infuriating if I was getting a few scheduled before I was going away.

  33. great post. don’t think i’ll take the plunge though. sounds very complicated. as someone else wrote, ‘it’s all Greek to me’. 🙂

  34. Sounds a bit complicated. Thanks for sharing Colleen in case I get round to trying!

  35. Its time like this I wish I had Colleen’s brains.

  36. I said no thanks, Colleen. I don’t have the mental energy to work on something new right now! 🙂

  37. One word: Oye! Lol, saving this but it’s all Greek to me lol 🙂 <3

  38. I really need to be brave and try!!!

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