WordPress Tips: How to change your text colour

When you come to write a post for your blog there may be words you want to emphasise for some reason. A great way to do this is to make it bold or italic, but you could also choose to change the colour of your text. It’s also a great way to bring some fun to your post, particularly if you’re doing something like a quick “happy birthday!” post!

It’s really simple to do this on WordPress, when you know how…

On the top toolbar in the post edit screen, there is a little button called “Toggle Toolbar”. Hitting this will, perhaps unsurprisingly, toggle the appearance of an additional toolbar where some handy additional editing tools are hidden. Fun fact: this button used to be called “show/hide kitchen sink” – I think I like the old name better!

How to change the text colour in WordPress

  1. Use the “Toggle Toolbar” button to show the additional toolbar
  2. Highlight the text you want to change colour
  3. Click on the little arrow to the right of the “Text Colour” button
  4. Choose a colour for your text
  5. Enjoy!

A few notes about this tip:

  • If you hit the “Text Colour” button itself, instead of the arrow, it will change the highlighted text to the colour you last chose.
  • If you want to change the text colour of your whole post, of every post, you are better off changing your theme font colour settings. There are a number of ways to do this, but the easiest is to use a “custom css” plugin to override the post font colour – Jetpack includes this functionality so you may even already have one installed. This tip is only for odd words or sentences within posts.
  • There are loads of great extra features in the second toolbar, so it’s definitely worth getting to know it. “Paste as text” is a particular favourite of mine, as it strips out dodgy formatting and pastes as plain text; great for pasting post drafts in from word. Underline, headings, and the special character picker are also hidden away here.

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Zoe is a full time Mum, blogger, and web designer, who wishes there were more hours in the day. She can be found at her parenting & lifestyle blog Mama Geek, when she's not tinkering with some WordPress code over at Zoe Corkhill Web Design.

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