How to Add a Callout without an Emoji

Learn how to add callout withouth an emoji and customize them with background colors and emojis. Plus, discover how to create columns inside callouts and even hide the emoji for a clean look. Perfect for highlighting important information and adding visual interest to your workspace.
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Giorgia Dalla Valle
July 15, 2024

Notion is a free productivity app that has taken the internet by storm. It's also highly customizable, so you can create a workspace that fits your unique needs and preferences. From task lists and project management to habit trackers, Notion can handle it all, and you can make it look just the way you like it.

Callouts are a perfect way to highlight parts of your pages and add color to them. In this post, I'll explain how you can add callouts to your Notion workspace and also how to create callouts without using emojis.

What is a Callout?

In graphic design and typography, a callout is a text box or label that is used to draw attention to a specific part of an image, illustration, or document. Callouts often contain explanatory text, annotations, or captions, and they help provide context or information about the content they are highlighting. A Notion callout is no different. Is a colored block of text that can be added to a page to highlight important information. It is a great way to draw attention to a particular section of your page and add some visual interest.

The grey thing about callout is that they can work as "frame" or border for other notion block.

How to Add a Callout

To add a callout, type "/" to open the menu, then type "Callout" and press Enter to add the callout. You can change the callout background color just like you would with a text block. Select the block to open the menu, then click "Color" and set your background color from the Notion Palette.

By default, callouts have an emoji. You can choose the emoji you prefer, replace it with an icon from the Notion options, add a custom one from an external website with a URL or upload your image.

When you change the emoji, Notion will remember it so that the next callout you create will have the same emoji and background color as default. This comes in handy if you have multiple callouts to create and you want to save time by not changing the icon one by one. Note that this doesn't work with icons and custom icons.

To add a Callout type /callout

How Callouts Work

There are some very interesting uses for callout blocks. You can use them to contain any other block. For example, you can insert a database in a callout.

Every block inserted in a callout will retain the callout color. This is the best way to have colored databases, columns, and tables!

You can stack callouts in columns or rows, and you can also nest a callout inside another callout, and so on. When you nest callouts, each one can have its own color.

Callouts can also have an empty background, so instead of having a colored background, you'll only see a border around your content.

Nested callout with colored background and with white background
Example of using callout to create colored column and grids in Notion

You can nested database and other block inside the callout, to change the color of the background.

How to Add a Callout without an Emoji

Here's a trick you may enjoy: hiding the emoji from the callout. While you cannot remove the emoji in the callout block, you can hide it by adding a transparent PNG image in its place.

You can download a transparent icon from here.

To add the transparent image, click on the emoji in the callout, then click "Custom" and upload the transparent image. That's it! Here's an example of a callout without the emoji.

Nested Callout. The first has colored icon from Notion, the second custom icon.
Nested callout. The first with emoji, and the second without the emoji, using a transparent png image.

How to Create Columns Inside a Callout

Callouts are incredibly flexible. Not only can you nest them, but you can also create columns inside them. The best way to do this is to insert your blocks, then select one of them, choose "Turn Into," and select the 2, 3, or 4-column option. Notion will create the column inside the Callout. Once a column is created, it's easy to drag and drop blocks to create new layouts or add another column.

Manipulate callouts in Notion.


Callouts are a great way to add color and visual interest to your Notion pages. With their flexibility and versatility, you can use callouts to highlight important information, contain other blocks, and even create columns. And with the ability to customize the background color and emoji, you can make your callouts fit your unique style and preferences. So try adding some callouts to your Notion workspace today and see how they can help you stay organized and productive!

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