Notion Page Layout plays a vital role in the definition of our content as it is the primary way we can use to organize the content inside each Notion Page we have.
As you probably already know, Notion Pages are created based on blocks similar to other no-code systems such as WordPress, for example, so a page is a set of blocks you are adding. Each block can be of very different types, from Headings to Paragraphs, from Databases to Embed blocks.
Default Notion Page Layout Modes
You will see that a default Notion Page Layout is a vertical layout. Each of the blocks is under the previous one, and this is the idea over and over a set of blocks one on top of the other, as you can see here:
Different Layout Modes
Notion allows different Notion Page Layout modes that help you customize how the content on your pages is displayed.
This works based on a set of no content blocks but layout blocks that allow configuring the content based on your needs.
These layout blocks allow you to create a set of columns on your page, so this way, your pages can grow in both ways: Adding new rows by adding additional blocks on top or the bottom of existing ones or adding these blocks that allow you to grow in column mode.
The blocks available today allow you to create from 2 to 5 columns on your content, and then you can resize it as you wish using the regular slider option to resize each component.
It is essential to realize that at this moment, there is no way to nest different of these blocks, so you can do different layers of splitting as you probably do in other similar tools, such as a first 2-column division. Then the first column divides into three additional columns, and so on. You currently have a single-column block that you can use but no more nested inside.
On the other hand, you can have several of these blocks all over the page, so you can split a part of the page into two columns, then go back to a single column, and then divide it into five. This is allowed without any issues, all out of the box.
Notion View Default Options
Another important topic regarding the Notion Page Layout configuration is how the additional content is presented to you. As we already commented, each notion database had nested different notion database items that are notion pages that we can click to see the defaults of it.
How the information is presented when we click it is something that we can configure. There are three options that we can choose as you can see in the image below:
- Side Peek: Open pages on the side. Keeps the view behind interactive.
- Center peek: Opens pages in a focused, centered modal.
- Full page: Opens the page in full page mode.
So, you have these three options that, as you can see in the description, will have different behavior on the following things:
- How the content is presented: on the side as additional content (side peek), on the center as the model (center peek), or just replacing previous content (full page)
- How you interact with current content: you can edit the parent notion page (side peek) or you can’t (center peek and full page)
- What will be the main notion page after you click: the child page (full page) or the parent one (side peek and center peek)
You can select a specific view for each Notion Database that you can on your page and a different one for each of the Notion Database Views you have for each of them. It will default present one based on the view’s layout, but this can be changed easily.
To change the view, you need to click on the Layout option for your Notion Database view, and you will see an “Open pages in” option where you can select the possibility of your choice, as you can see here: