Getting started with the email template editor (classic editor)

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Learn about the features in Klaviyo’s drag-and-drop email template editor, including how to add content blocks and fully customize your emails’ styles.

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The Klaviyo email template editor makes it easy to create beautiful emails to send to your customers. Add a text or image block to get out your information, use the header/link bar or social links block to redirect customers to your page, or add in a product block to drop in your most trending items.

Interested in email design? Check out our Guide to email design to learn more.

Clone, delete, save, and move blocks

You can clone, delete, save, or move your block around within an email. After you click on a block, a blue outline should surround the block, indicating it is an active block. If you hover over a non-active block, it will be outlined instead in gray. Once a block is active, you can do the following:

  • Clone
    Duplicate a block.
    A duplicate button in Klaviyo’s email template editor, indicated by an icon of two sheets of paper
  • Delete
    Delete a block from your template. This cannot be undone.
    A delete button in Klaviyo’s email template editor, indicated by an icon of a trash can
  • Save
    Save a particular block for later use. 
    A save button in Klaviyo’s email template editor, indicated by a star icon
  • Move
    To move a block, simply click and drag it to where you would like to move it.

Template styles

The Styles tab on the main navigation bar will reveal several styling options that will apply to your entire template. This is where you can set the look and feel for your email. If you've gone through the setup wizard, this area should already be customized to your brand. 

The Klaviyo email template editor’s Styles tab

Here, you can edit the following:

  • Email Settings
    Template width (though we highly recommend keeping this at 600px to ensure your emails are optimized for mobile), background color, border, padding, and margins
  • Text Settings
    Font type, font color, font size, and line height
  • Link Settings
    Text color, font weight, and text decoration
  • Heading Styles
    Set template-wide styles for Heading 1 through Heading 4
  • Mobile Settings
    Enable and adjust mobile optimizations
  • Background Settings
    Set and configure a background image

Block styles

When you click on a specific block, a new navigation menu will appear on the right-hand side. Here, you will see a Block Styles option.

After navigating to the Block Styles tab for a specific block, you will have the opportunity to edit a range of styling options pertaining to that particular block including borders, colors, padding, margins, etc.

The Klaviyo email template editor’s Block Styles tab for a text block

Text blocks

A text block can be used to insert any text into an email. The text block allows you to customize the text that you use in your email.

If you need to edit the source or HTML code of this block, click on Source in the editor.

A text block’s source code in the Klaviyo template editor

In addition to the common block styles each block has, text blocks have the following extra options:

  • Font
    Specify font color, text alignment, font family, and font size if you'd like to override the overall template styles established in your template's Styles tab
  • Font Weight
    Choose whether your text is bold or not
  • Line Height
    Choose how tall you'd like the spaces between your lines of text to be
  • Background
    Select a background color for the text itself

You'll want to use the styling options as sparingly as possible. Unlike block styles or template styles, the editor within the text block will add <span> tags to your emails, making them more likely to be clipped. 

If you write your copy outside of the Klaviyo editor (for example, in Google Docs or Microsoft Word) make sure to use the Paste as Plain Text option when pasting your text into the editor.

In a text block, the paste as plain text button is highlighted

If you don’t use this option, certain style tags will be pasted in along with the text, which can cause design issues.

Image blocks

An image block is used to insert an image into your email. Images can be static or dynamic and will be optimized automatically for all device sizes.

There are several different ways to add an image to the image block:

  • Drag an image or images from your computer into the template editor
    If you drag one or more images from a folder on your computer into Klaviyo's template editor, you will automatically create an image block for each image.
  • Image URL
    Click Import from URL and then paste the image's URL.
  • Use an image from your library
    Click on the Library tab inside of the image block and choose an image that's already been loaded into your library.
  • Use an image from your catalog
    If you have synced your Klaviyo account with an ecommerce platform, you can browse your product catalog for a product image to use in your template.
  • Browse
    If you have an image saved as a file on your computer that you'd like to use, choose Browse to find the image on your computer and load it.
  • Placeholder
    If you would like to dynamically populate an image within a flow email, choose this option.
  • Once you select your image, you will be prompted to select:
  • Alt Text
    This is the text that will be displayed in the unlikely event that the image doesn't render (for example, if a recipient has their inbox set to block images by default).
  • Link
    If you would like to bring recipients to a certain page when they click an image, include the URL in the link area.
  • Image Width
    Specify the maximum width of your image. In most cases, this should match the width of the template you're using.
  • Align
    Choose if you would like your image to be left-aligned, right-aligned, or centered.
  • Stretch Image
    If your image is narrower than the width of the template, stretching it will ensure that it covers the full width of the template.

In addition to the common block styles each block has, image blocks have the following extra options:

  • Background
    Choose the background color of the Image block.
  • Border
    Choose the width, style, and color of the border around the image (if you'd like to include a border).
  • Padding
    Choose the amount of padding in pixels you'd like around the image.

Button blocks

Button blocks create larger links that are more obvious and great for emphasizing important calls to action (CTAs). Because they're used for CTAs, you'll likely want to use only a few in each email, at the most.

To insert a button, drag the block to the section of your email where you'd like to place the button. The default button text will read "Make Your Purchase." You can edit the text under the Content section within Block Styles. To add a link to your button, add the URL to the Link URL field within Block Styles

Under Format, you can choose the alignment of your button. You can also fit the button to the text you added (vs. stretch the button's width to the full width of the template).

You have the following styling options for the button block, found in the Block Styles tab:

  • Border Radius
    You can decide how square you'd like the border to be -- the higher the number, the more rounded the button. 
  • Background
    Choose which color you'd like for the inside of your button.
  • Drop Shadow
    This option will add a shadow to the bottom of the button, giving it a 3D effect.
  • Text Color
    Choose which color you'd like to make the button's text.
  • Font Family
    Choose the font for text within the button.
  • Font Size
    Choose how big or small would you like the text. 
  • Font Weight
    Choose if you want the button's text to be bold, regular, light, etc.
  • Padding Top/Bottom
    Choose the amount of padding in pixels you'd like on the top and bottom of the button.
  • Padding Left/Right
    Choose the amount of padding in pixels you'd like on the left and right of the button.

Table blocks

Table blocks can be very useful as you look to structure images and text within an email template. The table block gives you the flexibility to add as many columns or rows as you'd like (which will autospace themselves, or you can set a width in the Width setting of the Columns tab). When a table block is first dragged into your template, it will autopopulate three columns and three rows:

A default Table Block in Klaviyo’s email template editor with the columns of the table highlighted in the image to the right

Here, you can see that we kept the default three columns, but removed the first column header completely and renamed the second two columns as "Item" and "Price."

Customized Column settings for a table block in the Klaviyo editor with the words “item” and “price” as column headings.

Now our table will look like this:


To populate your table, go to the Rows tab and start filling in each column with information. In the first column, let's say you'd like to add a picture of a product. To do this, go to the Rows tab, click on Column 1, and then toggled the cell to Image. Here, you can set the alt text, link URL, max image width, and alignment of the image. You can then choose which image you would like to populate in the first column of this row.

The resulting table from the customized block settings with “Item” and “Price” as column headings in the Klaviyo template editor.

Here, we've added an image to Column 1, and filled in text for Columns 2 and 3:

In a dynamic table block, the cell type is switched from Text to Image with the option to upload an image or import from a URL.

To edit the colors, fonts, borders, and layout of the table, click on the Block Styles tab. There are a lot of options so you can control precisely how your table looks. For more information on adding columns, head to the article Add Columns to an Email.

Header/link bar blocks

You can use the template editor’s header/link bar block to add a logo and navigation links that redirect to different content on your site.

When you drag in the block, you’ll be presented with 4 common header/link bar layouts to pick from. Choose your layout, insert your content, and then refine the look and feel using the Block and Block Styles menus.

An example table with an image of shoes to the left and Item and Price as column headings to the right with an item description and price in respective columns.


If you haven't inputted your default header links when going through the Setup Wizard, you will see placeholder values populate.

In the Block menu, you can upload your logo image and edit the link text.

  • If you need additional links or would like to use images as links, you can add them using the +Add Link or +Add Image buttons in the menu. If you add an image, you'll have the option to set the max width.
  • If you want any of your links to be buttons, add a background color in the Block menu
  • In the event you want different desktop and mobile logos, set your logo to “Show on Desktop" only. This will cause the menu to expand and offer an additional import section for mobile logos
Header/Link bar block layouts in Klaviyo, including Logo Stacked, Logo Inline, Logo Centered, and Link/Buttons only

Finally, in the Block Styles menu, add the finishing touches. You can use this area to change the background color, link padding, and layout. You can also create distinct mobile layouts using the Mobile submenu.

Social link blocks

The social link block is an easy way to add social icons for a number of different sites including Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and more. First, drag the social links block to the footer of your email.

Dragging the block in will populate one black social icon as a default. To add additional social icons, click Add Button. If you would like to add spacers between each icon, click Add Space.

Customized Header/Link Bar settings, with a desktop logo and a mobile logo

If you have a set of social icons you use on your website, you can use the custom option and upload your own icons. If you go this route, we recommend using images that are 96px square. To maintain spacing and alignment between Klaviyo's social icons and your custom images, use icons that are 50px wide, and both vertically and horizontally centered in the image file.

You will be able to set a max width for your custom icons within the template editor. To center your social icons, click the Block Styles tab on the left sidebar and choose to align center.


There are two different blocks you can use to drag columns into your email templates: the Split block and the Add Columns to Email block.

Split Block:

The Klaviyo Social Links block settings, with a cursor hovering over the Add Button option

Add Columns to Email Block:

A cursor hovers over a Split Block option in the Blocks tab of the Klaviyo editor.


A cursor hovers over the Add Columns to Email option in the Blocks tab of the Klaviyo editor.

A split block will only divide your email into two columns, whereas adding columns to your email will allow you to choose from a variety of different options. For more information, check out the article Add Columns to an Email.

Product blocks

When you drag a product block into a template, you will have two options: Populate from Feed or Select from Catalog.

If you choose Populate from Feed, you can display products you've configured in a product feed. Learn how to set up a product feed. This can include best-selling products, most viewed products, newest products, random products, or personalized recommendations based around products a customer may also like, products a customer has recently viewed, or products a customer has added to cart. 

If you toggle to Select from Catalog, you will be able to hand-pick specific products from your ecommerce catalog that is synced with Klaviyo. You can then rearrange the order of these items and customize the text that is displayed.

Manually-selected product block settings in the Klaviyo email template editor

You can customize the layout of product blocks in the Block tab, including the number of items displayed per row, the max item height, and what information about the product is displayed. You can also choose to add a custom description.

In the Block Styles tab, you can change the font, padding, button color, and various other style options.

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