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