By Amy Lupold Bair, Susannah Gardner

Tumblr, like most blog software, gives you the ability to format your blog post while you create it. The icons just above the content field enable you to format what you’ve written.

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Tumblr uses a WYSIWG (what you see is what you get) interface, which shows you the effect of a tool in your blog post right when you apply it. This list describes each of the available tools (following the order of the icons from left to right):

  • Bold: Make any text in your blog post bold by clicking and dragging over the text that you want to affect and then clicking the Bold icon. The selected text is made bold.

  • Italic: Italicize any text in your blog post by clicking and dragging over the text that you want to affect and then clicking the Italic icon. The selected text is then shown in italics.

  • Strikethrough: This style is commonly applied to text that you need to correct. Click and drag over the text that you want to affect and then click the Strikethrough icon. The selected text is then made .

  • Insert/Edit Link: Make any text or image in your blog a clickable link to any website.

  • Unlink: You can remove a link that you added by clicking the linked text or photo and then clicking the Unlink icon.

  • Ordered List: In web browsers, ordered lists usually appear as numbered lists. You can most easily use this tool by typing each list item into your blog post on a separate line. Click and drag to select all the items; then click the Ordered List icon.

  • Unordered List: In web browsers, unordered lists are usually displayed as bulleted lists (like this list you’re reading right now). You can most easily use this tool by typing each list item into your blog post on a separate line. Click and drag to select all the items; then click the Unordered List icon.

  • Insert “Read More” Break: Break up your post so that only part of it appears on your blog’s home page and the rest is visible when the visitor clicks through to the permalink — the page that shows only the post — page.

  • Insert/Edit Photo: Add photos to your blog posts by uploading them from your computer.

  • Blockquote: Indent a paragraph clicking anywhere in the line or paragraph of text that you want to affect, and then selecting the Blockquote icon. Your text moves to the right.

  • Toggle Spellchecks: Not a great speller? (You aren’t alone.) Click the Spellcheck icon to run a spellchecker on your text. If you click the small arrow to the right of the icon, you can choose another language for the spellcheck default.

  • Edit HTML Source: Are you an HTML guru? If you want to edit the source code of your blog post directly, click the Edit HTML Source icon and go to town.