Preformatted Block

Preformatted text keeps your spaces, tabs and line-breaks as they are.


The preformatted block is very similar to the code block, with a few small differences.

Preformatted blocks keep all spaces & line-breaks intact, and display text exactly as you type it. However, they don’t use the HTML <code> element, and come with a few more styling options.

Preformatted Block Settings

Preformatted blocks support a few styling options:

  • Bold
  • Italics
  • Strikethrough
  • Links
  • Additional CSS Class

Preformatted Block Styling

Your preformatted block will be styled by your theme, and will typically be displayed in a monospace font.

Bold, Italics & Strikethrough

To apply these styles to your preformatted text, simply click the B for bold, the I for italics, and the ABC for strikethrough.


Unlike code blocks, with preformatted blocks, you can add hyperlinks to your text.

  • Highlight the text you want to link
  • Click the link icon
  • Type or paste in your URL
  • Click Enter

Convert a Preformatted Block into a Paragraph

Preformatted text can only be turned back into a paragraph, which will remove any styles applied by your theme, and display your text in the same way as your main article content.

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