Most text blocks whether in the standard WordPress style or as a text block in Visual Composer will have a familiar toolbar above the box where you type the text. Depending on your theme and the plugins that are installed there could be some variation as to what extra buttons there are but the following screen capture guides will cover the fundamentals.
The first icon that you will want to click on is the ‘kitchen sink’ which adds the extra row of formatting buttons. Fortunately once you have pressed it WordPress remembers that you have opened the kitchen sink and any new text editing areas you open will have it visible by default.
A strikethrough draws a line through your text like you were crossing it out. This can be helpful when you want to note a change but still have the text visible or in a humorous way to show an alternative but incorrect word.
This button lets you underline text. Don’t use this too much though. Bold and italics is the preferred way to create emphasis and catch the readers eye. Underline (particularly when coupled with bright blue text) has always been a default way of indicating a text link so if you do use underline try to make sure it is only on the plain coloured text of your website.
This was hidden from the editor with the update of WordPress to version 3.8. Modern web browsers have built in spell checking which happens automatically so it was largely redundant. It would be possible to use the TinyMCE Advanced plugin to add the spell checker and many of the other editor buttons that are not shown in a default WordPress installation if you wished to.
Paragraph and Heading Size
‘Paragraph’ is the default option and this is for all your standard paragraph text. There are several other options including address, pre-formatted and six different sizes of headers. The relative size and style change that you get from each heading will depend on the font and size set in the theme.
These are two options for pasting text into WordPress. Paste as Plain Text will strip out the extra characters and invisible junk that’s often copied when you copy and paste text. Microsoft Word adds a lot of extra coding when you just copy and paste the text, so using Paste from Word is intended to strip out all the unnecessary coding from Word. It’s generally best to be copying and pasting from a text file, or typing directly into the editor window, rather than copying and pasting from Word.