FAQs

What are block quotes and how do I add them to an Enterprise CMS page?

About Block Quotes

There are three different block quote options you can choose between; an image of each is below. 

Basic block quotes look like paragraph text, except they are indented and there is extra white space above and below the block quote.

Along with the basic block quote, shown above, there are two other options:

Right aligned block quotes are like basic block quotes, except they have a different font color, style, and size and also have a pale vertical line on the left.

The inline block quote breaks the text, so the other written text will appear above and below the block quote. It will never align to either side of the block quote. 

The last option is the right-aligned block quote

Right aligned block quotes float to the right of the paragraph text. They are a different font color, style, and size and also have a pale vertical line on the left.

Block quotes are helpful for calling out text on a page, for any number of reasons. You may want to quote or a bit of data about PSU's economic impact, highlight part of a quote from a department alum, or you simply need a way to make the link to your newsletter sign-up more prominent on your home page.

Keep it simple, though. Just like with other formatting options, you don’t want to overuse block quotes or else they lose their effectiveness. 

Because the last block quote is so large, I’m just going to fill in the rest of this section with random facts about Portland. Otherwise, the bottom of the block quote would look odd, simply hanging down below the rest of the text. These random facts were selected from Movoto’s list of 52 Facts About Portland You Probably Didn’t Know.

The name Portland was chosen by a coin flip. If the coin had landed the other way, then Portland would be named Boston. 

Portland is the only major US city with a volcano located within the city limits. 

Portland has a higher percentage of literate people than any other major US city. 

If you visit Old Town Pizza on Northwest Davis you might be visited by Nina, a ghost who has been around since the 1800’s and comes from the tunnels under the shop.

Portland is the second most bike friendly city in the US, with Minneapolis taking the lead. 

How to Apply Block Quotes

Create a Basic Block Quote

  1. Highlight the text you want to turn into a block quote.

  2. Click on the quotation marks in the top of the formatting bar.

Create an Inline Block Quote

  1. Highlight the text you want to turn into a block quote.

  2. Click on the quotation marks in the top of the formatting bar.

  3. If the text is still highlighted, move on to step 4. If the next is no longer highlighted, click on "blockquote" in the path bar (at the bottom of the Body section where you type in text) to re-highlight the text. 

  4. Click on the Styles dropdown menu and choose "Block quote Inline".  

Create a Right Aligned Block Quote

  1. Highlight the text you want to turn into a block quote.

  2. Click on the quotation marks in the top of the formatting bar.

  3. If the text is still highlighted, move on to step 4. If the text is no longer highlighted, click on "blockquote" in the path bar (at the bottom of the Body section where you type in text) to re-highlight the text. 

  4. Click on the Styles dropdown menu and choose "Block quote Right".  

Things to Remember

  • Don't overuse block quotes. Doing so lessens their effectiveness. 

  • Choose the block quote type that makes the most sense, visually.

  • Make sure there is always some paragraph text included under the block quote, for visual clarity. 

For support, email ucomm-support@pdx.edu.