Playing With Blocks

I have a question for those of you who are knowledgeable about the version of the block editor that is available on the WordPress iOS app for the iPhone. If you don’t use the block editor on your iPhone, feel free to skip this post. And if you’re using a laptop (be it a Windows PC or a Mac) and know how to do what I’m asking about on a laptop, don’t bother responding. I know how to do it on those devices with full-sized, physical keyboards. I’m trying to figure out how to do it on an iPhone’s tiny virtual keypad.

So what is my question? It has to do with removing blocks within a post. Not removing a single block. I know how to do that. I’m asking about removing multiple blocks simultaneously.

There are situations where I want to copy a previous post and reuse some of the content from that post to write a new post. I find the post that I want to copy and then tap “Duplicate” to create a new draft of the post. Below is an example where I want to create a copy of a previous Flashback Friday post.

Once I get to the draft of the post that was created when I tapped “Duplicate,” I will typically reuse the first several paragraphs, but then I want to delete the remainder of the post that I copied and add new paragraphs. But in the block editor, I have to individually delete each block that I don’t want to use.

When I could still use the classic editor, all I had to do was select the starting point of the text I wanted to delete, highlight it and keep highlighting all the way down the page, and then hit “Cut.” In one fell swoop, all of the text I cut was deleted. Easy peasy.

But it seems that in the block editor, I can only highlight the text within a block, not across multiple blocks. And that means if I want to remove, say, ten blocks from the duplicated post, I need to individually remove each of those ten blocks one block at a time.

So, before I reach out to the happiness engineers, who are, I’m sure, tired of hearing from me, do any of you know if there is a way to remove multiple blocks at one time in the WordPress iOS app’s block editor? Thanks in advance to anyone who can help.

4 thoughts on “Playing With Blocks

  1. Sadje May 23, 2021 / 9:16 am

    I can remove one block at a time. Sorry I’m no help.

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  2. Carol anne May 23, 2021 / 11:35 am

    I don’t think you can remove multiple blocks at a time! Can you add multiple blocks at a time? I dont use the block editor much but I have used it to upload some photos and I’ve had to add one at a time. Xx

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    • Fandango May 23, 2021 / 4:54 pm

      Yeah, the consensus seems to be one at a time.


  3. CARAMEL May 24, 2021 / 3:09 am

    I might be wrong, but I thought even on a lap top it was one block at a time – but I am still not really fully proficient in using the block editor. lol – I had not idea you could duplicate a post!!! So you are definitely numerous steps ahead of me!

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