Your Writing Environment

WordPress has two writing modes. In the “normal” interface, you can write in a re-sizeable text box, surrounded by menus. In full-screen mode, you can write on an almost blank page, similar to a word processor. To get back to the “normal” view from full-screen, mouse to the top of the page and exit full screen.

There are two ways to enter text into WordPress, and each of these has an option to go full screen or not.

Visual vs. Text

You will notice that the text entry box you type your page or post into has two tabs at the upper left. “Visual” is a WYSIWYG editor, that allows you to see most text formatting, images, links, bullets and other features, almost as they will appear in your published page or post. The editing buttons at the top of the text box should be familiar from other word processing programs.

wordpresstoolbarIf you don’t see two rows of buttons (you blog’s buttons may look different from the ones shown), you need to use the Toolbar toggle (third from the end on the top row of the above image.) The Toolbar Toggle will switch between one and two rows of writing tools.

Text mode allows you to enter code into WordPress. You need to use it in some cases where the WYSIWYG editor doesn’t correctly interpret code. Examples of when you need to use Text mode are discussed on the Formatting page of this blog.

The Text editing toolbar looks like this:html toolbar in wordpress
If you want to try some HTML feature that you can’t figure out how to achieve in the visual editor, it’s worthwhile trying to see if it will work in Text mode.