Columns Block

Use the Columns Block to add columns to WordPress and insert text-based content into your columns …

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WordPress Block Editor – Columns Block

WordPress Block Editor - Columns Block

This tutorial is part of our series WordPress Gutenberg: The Ultimate Guide For Non-Technical WordPress Users.

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Columns Block – Description

Use the Columns block to add text, media, and other types of content into columns and create grid layouts in your content.

Content added using the Columns block.
Use the Columns block to insert columns into your content.

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The Columns block:

  • Supports up to 6 columns.
  • Lets you add a multi-column layout to your posts or pages.
  • You can include other types of blocks within each column, making the Columns block quite versatile.

How To Use The Columns Block

In this section, we’ll cover:

  • How to add a Columns block to your content.
  • How to edit and configure your Columns block and block settings.
  • How to remove the Columns block from your content.

For more details on using blocks (e.g. how to move blocks around your content), see this tutorial: How To Use Blocks.

Adding A Columns Block

To add a Columns Block:

Let’s go through the above steps:

How To Add A Columns Block From The Block Library

First, create a new post or page or open an existing post or page and either:

Click on the ‘Add Block’ tool and select a Columns block…

Add Block tool - Columns block.
Add a Columns block using the Add Block tool.

Or, select a Columns block using the Inserter tool in the Content Area.

Content Area Inserter Tool - Columns block.
Add a Columns block via the Content Area using the Inserter tool.

This will insert a Columns block into your content.

You are given a choice of column styles to start with. Select a variation or click the ‘Skip’ link to insert a default style and adjust your columns later.

Columns block - Select a variation to start with.
Select a column style.

Your column containers will be inserted into your content.

Columns block - adding columns.
Columns added to content.

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You can add multiple Column blocks to create unique grid layouts using different Column variations.

Columns inserted into text using the Columns block.
Create unique grid layouts using multiple Columns blocks.
How To Add A Columns Block From The Block Patterns Library

To add a predesigned Columns block pattern to your post or page:

  • Click the Add Block tool.
  • Select the Patterns tab.
  • Select Columns from the dropdown menu.
  • Select a Column style.

This will add the selected Columns block to your content.

Block Patterns Directory - Adding A Columns Block.
Adding a predesigned Columns block from the Block Patterns library.

After adding a Columns block to your content:

  • Click inside the Columns block to select a column.
  • Insert whichever type of block you would like to add to your column structure.
  • Edit the content of those blocks inside your columns.

Here are some examples of what you can create using the Columns block:

Services Grid

Services grid layout created using the Columns block.
A services grid layout created using the Columns block.

The above grid was created by adding a 3-column block to the content, then inserting and editing an Image block, Heading block, and Paragraph block into each column.

Services grid layout
Services grid created using a three-column block.

Portfolio

Here is a 2-column portfolio created using a Columns block with an embedded Cover block.

Columns block - 2-column portfolio
A 2-column portfolio created using the Columns block.

As you can see, the Columns block provides a versatile structure for creating a wide range of text and media-based layouts in your content.

Adding content to a Columns block.
You can add all kinds of content inside a Columns block.

How To Edit A Columns Block

As you improve your block editing skills, you will find adding and editing content inside columns will become easier and faster.

There are three different levels to editing a Columns block:

1 – Edit the Columns Block

You can edit the Columns block at the top or parent level.

To edit a Columns block:

  • Click inside the Columns block to select it, then.
    • Use the Block Editor tools to change your column options.
    • Use the Block Settings to change your column settings.
Editing the Columns Block
Editing the Columns Block

The Columns block editor lets you perform the following operations:

  • Change block type or style (See ‘Code Block – Additional Info’ section below.)
  • Drag block
  • Move block up and down
  • Change vertical alignment – Vertically align your block to the top, middle, or bottom.
  • More Options – See How To Use Blocks to learn how to use this section.
Columns Block Editor
Columns block editor.

To select the Columns Block editor, click on an area of white space between columns, or click on a column and hover over the block icon to bring up the parent level block.

Select Columns Block Editor.
Selecting the Columns block editor.

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One way to tell which level of the editor you are working on is to look at the block icon.

Columns block icon and Columns icon.
Columns block icon and Columns icon.

Useful Columns block settings at the top level include changing the text and background colors of the block and adjusting its number of columns (up to a maximum of 6 columns).

Columns block settings.
Columns block settings.
2 – Edit individual columns within the Columns block

You can also edit individual columns of the Columns block.

Columns block - Edit column.
Edit individual columns within the Columns block.

The Columns editor lets you do the following:

  • Column icon – hovering over this icon brings up the Columns Block icon, which lets you select the Columns Block editor.
  • Drag block
  • Move block left and right – use these buttons to reorder your columns with the block.
  • Change vertical alignment – Vertically align your block to the top, middle, or bottom.
  • More Options – See How To Use Blocks to learn how to use this section.
Reorder columns inside a Columns block.
Reorder columns inside a Columns block.

You can also adjust the column width in the settings section.

Columns block settings - Adjust column width.
Adjust column width.
3 – Edit blocks inside columns

The Columns block essentially provides a structure that allows you to insert and work with other blocks.

So, if you insert a Paragraph block into a column, then to edit the content in that column, simply edit the Paragraph block inside the Columns block.

Editing a Paragraph block inside a Columns block.
Editing a Paragraph block inside a Columns block.

To learn how to edit different types of blocks, see this tutorial: How To Use Blocks

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Here are some useful tips when editing a Columns block:

1 – Duplicate Columns Blocks

If adding too many columns makes the content on your post or page too narrow, consider duplicating the Columns block.

To duplicate the Columns block:

Columns Block: More Options - Duplicate
Duplicate a Columns block to create a grid of columns.

After duplicating the block, just edit the content inside each of the columns.

2 Columns blocks.
Edit the content of the duplicated Columns block.
2 – Use The Outline Tool

You can use the Outline tool in the Editing toolbar to easily view, select, reorganize, and reorder elements inside the Columns block.

Outline Tool
The Outline Tool lets you easily view and select content blocks.

Click on elements in the Outline Tool to access editors for the Columns block, columns, and elements inside your columns.

Outline Tool - Editing column elements.
Use the Outline tool to select and edit elements in your Columns block.
3 – Transform Multiple Blocks Into Columns

You can select multiple blocks in a row and change these into columns.

Select multiple blocks.
Change multiple selected blocks into columns.

To turn multiple blocks into columns, do the following:

  • Select all the blocks that you want to turn into columns by clicking and dragging.
  • Click the block icon in the block editor toolbar.
  • Choose Columns under the Transform to list.
Changing multiple blocks into columns.
Changing multiple blocks into columns.

Remember to save and publish or update your post or page.

How To Remove A Columns Block

To delete or remove a columns block from your content:

  • Click inside the Columns block to select it.
  • Select the ‘More Options’ tool in the Block Editor.
  • Click on ‘Remove Block’.
  • The block will be removed from your post or page.
Columns Block: More Options - Remove Block
Use Remove Block to delete a Columns block from your content.

Additionally…

  • You can reposition your block using the ‘Move Up’ and ‘Move Down’ arrows or the Drag and Drop handle tool (see this tutorial if you need help with this step: How To Use Blocks).
  • You can also convert Columns blocks into Reusable Blocks.

Columns Block Tools, Options & Settings

The Columns Block includes tools, options, and settings for:

  • Columns Block Editor
  • Columns Block Settings
  • Columns Editor
  • Columns Settings

Columns Block Editor

Columns Block Editor
Columns block editor.

The Columns Block Editor includes tools that let you perform the following operations:

  • Change block type or style (See ‘Columns Block – Additional Info’ section below.)
  • Drag block
  • Move block up and down
  • Change Vertical Alignment
    • Vertically Align Top
    • Vertically Align Middle
    • Vertically Align Bottom
  • More Options – See How To Use Blocks to learn how to use this section.

Columns Block Settings

Columns Block Settings.
Columns block settings.

Columns Block settings include:

  • Block description area
  • Color Settings
    • Text Color
    • Background Color (Solid, Gradient)
  • Columns
    • Specify the number of columns (maximum 6) using:
      • Slider – Slide left/right to increase/decrease number of columns.
      • Type in a number in the ‘Columns’ box (enter a number from 1 to 6)
      • Click ‘up’ and ‘down’ arrows to increase/decrease the number of columns.
  • Advanced Settings
    • HTML Anchor – Create a unique web address to send users directly to a section of your page using a unique jump link URL. To learn more about using HTML Anchors, see our tutorial on How To Use Blocks.
    • Additional CSS Class(es) – This field lets you add multiple CSS classes to your block separated with spaces. This allows you to write custom CSS and style the block as you see fit. Note: This requires having knowledge of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).

Columns Editor

Columns Editor.
Columns editor.

The Columns editor includes the following:

  • Column Icon – Hover to select parent (Columns Block Editor).
  • Drag block
  • Move column left and right
  • Change Vertical Alignment
    • Vertically Align Top
    • Vertically Align Middle
    • Vertically Align Bottom
  • More Options – See How To Use Blocks to learn how to use this section.

Columns Settings

Columns Settings.
Columns settings.

Column settings include:

  • Column description area
  • Column Settings
    • Width (enter a percentage value)
  • Advanced Settings
    • HTML Anchor – Create a unique web address to send users directly to a section of your page using a unique jump link URL. To learn more about using HTML Anchors, see our tutorial on How To Use Blocks.
    • Additional CSS Class(es) – This field lets you add multiple CSS classes to your block separated with spaces. This allows you to write custom CSS and style the block as you see fit. Note: This requires having knowledge of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).

Columns Block – Additional Info

The Columns block can be converted into the following block types:

  • Columns block (note: selecting this option changes the entire block into a column)
  • Group block
Transform Columns Block.
Change the Columns block into other block types.

Additionally:

Installing plugins or themes on your site may also add new functionality, options, or settings to Columns blocks.

Sample content using the Columns block.
Add column layouts to your posts and pages in WordPress using the Columns block.

Congratulations! Now you know how to use the WordPress content editor’s Columns Block.

For tutorials on how to use other blocks, go here: WordPress Block Editor – How To Use Blocks

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