Editing / Options

Rich Text Options


Control the toolbar options for your clients or editors to increase focus on the content at hand.

Set toolbar options for the Content Editor with the content key, and Editable Regions using the _block and _text keys. Options for Rich Text front matter interfaces are specified by matching key names.

    bold: true
    table: true
    italic: true
    format: p h3
    undo: true
    redo: true
    format: p h1 h2 h3 h4 h5 h6 pre address div
    bold: true
    numberedlist: true
    code: true
    table: true
    right: align-to-right
    styles: /_sass/_content-typography.scss
    embed: true

You can also set options directly on elements for Editable Regions:

<p class="editable" data-cms-options='{"bold": true, "italic": true}'>...</p>

The most specific options that apply to an interface are used, less specific options that still apply are ignored. In order of specificity: data-cms-options attributes, front matter and Jekyll defaults, then globally in _config.yml.

The complete list of options follows:

Option Values
bold true, false
italic true, false
removeformat true, false
copyformatting true, false
link true, false
undo true, false
redo true, false
underline true, false
strike true, false
subscript true, false
superscript true, false
code (unavailable for _text) true, false
format (unavailable for _text) true, false or space separated options
blockquote (unavailable for _text) true, false
horizontalrule (unavailable for _text) true, false
numberedlist (unavailable for _text) true, false
bulletedlist (unavailable for _text) true, false
outdent (unavailable for _text) true, false
indent (unavailable for _text) true, false
image (unavailable for _text) true, false
embed (unavailable for _text) true, false
table (unavailable for _text) true, false
styles (unavailable for _text) false, or path to CSS file
left (unavailable for _text) false or string of class name
center (unavailable for _text) false or string of class name
right (unavailable for _text) false or string of class name
justify (unavailable for _text) false or string of class name

The removeformat and copyformatting options only apply to bold, italic, underline, strike, subscript, superscript. The controls do not remove or copy other styles or formatting.

Embedding Media

Allow your editors to embed YouTube, Vimeo, Tweets and other media into their content. Embedded content is sanitised to mitigate XSS risks, which includes removing style tags. Embeds containing script tags are not loaded in the editor.

    embed: true


Add predefined styles in plain CSS for your clients and team members to use in the Visual Editor, Content Editor and Front Matter interfaces.

    styles: /css/editor.css

The file can be in either source or output. The source CSS file is used if both exist. In either case, it must contain plain CSS.

Selectors must specify an element and one class in order to be included in the styles dropdown. Styles with incompatible selectors are included in the editor, but not shown as options.

p.callout { /* Can be applied to blocks of content */
  margin: 10px;
  border: 1px solid #f5f5f5;
  background-color: #eee;

span.big-blue-text { /* Can be applied to inline content */
  font-size: 2rem;
  color: blue;

h2 { /* Applied to content, excluded from style dropdown */
  font-family: cursive;

.center-this-text { /* Excluded from style dropdown, used as center class described below */
  text-align: center;

Custom styles in the Visual Editor requires the same styles on your live site, otherwise the class is applied but has no visual effect.

Use the justification options to specify classes for alignment rather than the dropdown for a better editing experience:

    left: align-left
    center: center-this-text
    right: align-right
    justify: full-width-text

Be sure to include these classes in your styles CSS for them to take effect.


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