It is easy to get confused when using the block editor on complex designs. Often a block will have multiple blocks inside it, and each of these blocks may have any number of blocks inside it. This is particularly true if you are using a block pattern designed by someone else.

List View Icon

“List View” displays how the blocks work together on a page, and provides access to each block’s settings. “List View” can be accessed by clicking the icon pictured above, which is always available in the Block Editor toolbar.

In the example below, a block pattern from the Twenty Twenty-Two theme is used.

The complex block outline is displayed in “List View” on the left side of the content:

How Do Interpret My List View Mean?

In the example above, List View shows that the page is contained in a Group block. Within the group block there is a Columns block that displays three columns. The first column block has only one column within it, the second columns block has three columns inside it, and the third has three columns. Without the list view, it would be hard to figure all this out.

Using List View to Access Block Stettings

List view also makes it easy to navigate to a specific block and change its content and settings. As you click down the outline the corresponding block will be highlighted on your page or post. You can directly edit the block or you can hover over the item in the list view and click on the three vertical buttons to access its options.

The example above shows what happens when the three buttons are clicked on a selected (i.e. highlighted) block. As you can see, a number of options become available, including the option to remove the block. Remember if you remove a block, all the blocks contained within within it will be also be removed.

In List View, you can also drag and drop blocks to other places on your page, or into a container block.

To get out of the list view, simply click the X at the top right hand corner.

Block Editing Resources On The Commons

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  • Block Libraries

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  • Block Patterns

    Get a head start on your page design. Copy a pattern and paste it into your content wherever you want it to appear. Then customize it – change the text, images, colors, etc. Continue reading Read More

  • Block Editor’s “List View”

    “List View” displays how the blocks work together on a page, and provides access to each block’s settings. “List View” can be accessed by clicking the icon pictured above, which is always available in the Block Editor toolbar. Continue reading Read More

  • Full Site Editing

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  • Block Editing

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FYI – This is a Reusable Bock built with a Query Loop.