Notion offers many design features like adding horizontal dividers, adding color to a block to make it stand out, creating buttons, and more. However, adding a vertical divider in Notion is not straightforward.
This is a shortcoming because vertical dividers are an important element for page design. They act like a partition between blocks and provide visual separation. This improves readability and UX, making your Notion pages look more aesthetic.
But that does not mean that there is no way to add a vertical divider in Notion. There is a workaround.
How to add a vertical divider in Notion?
You can use the Quote block in Notion as a substitute for the vertical divider. The Quote block comes with a vertical line, to the right of which you can enter text. By placing this block between two blocks and resizing it, you can easily achieve the illusion of a vertical divider.
Here’s the step-by-step process for adding a vertical divider in Notion:
1. Create the blocks that you want to separate with a vertical divider.
For reference, we will use the Agency dashboard that we created in the how to create a Notion dashboard tutorial. It has three columns, we will show you how to separate the first two columns with a vertical divider.
2. Add a Quote block anywhere on the page
For adding a Quote block, type /quote and click on the only block that Notion displays. Here’s what an empty Quote block looks like.
Notice the tiny vertical line? It will become the vertical divider in the next couple of steps.
3. Drag the empty Quote block where you want
We want the vertical divider to appear between column 1 and 2, so we dragged the empty block there.
It has disrupted the layout but don’t worry, we will fix it.
4. Shorten the width of the empty Quote block
Hover a little towards the right of the empty block to see the Drag pointer. The below image shows a light-grey vertical line between the empty block and the Client Related column, the drag pointer appears there.
Click on it and pull the pointer to the left - as far as the tool allows. The intent is to let it take the least horizontal space possible.
Here’s what the page looks like after reducing the width of the empty Quote block.
Two issues arise here: the line is not long enough, and Notion suggests unwanted text. We will resolve both issues in the next step.
5. Add spacing to the block
Click inside the block, hold the Shift key and hit Enter. Everytime you hit Enter, you move to the next line and the Quote block’s default line gets longer. With this step, the default text also disappears.
The dashboard looks like this after the vertical divider is made as long as the column.
We went a step ahead by duplicating the vertical divider and placing it between column 2 and 3.
And that’s done! You can use vertical dividers to split the Notion page in half. You can also use them to separate any number of columns from each other.
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Can you make a vertical divider in Notion?
Yes. You can make a vertical divider in Notion by repurposing the Quote block. Essentially, you place an empty Quote block between two columns that you want to separate and make the block longer by holding the Shift key and hitting Enter till you achieve the desired length.
How to change the color of the Notion vertical divider?
You can change the color of the vertical divider by changing the text color of the Quote block to Grey. This way, the vertical divider matches the color of the horizontal divider and blends into the page subtly.