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How to Remove Visual Editor Mode in WordPress

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How to Remove Visual Editor Mode in WordPress

WordPress has a robust feature known as the Visual Editor that makes your post writing area look just like a Microsoft Word. It makes writing post easy, but in many cases it ends up ruining the formatting. When switching to HTML mode and switching back, a lot of formatting is lost and then it causes errors on your website. In this article, we will show you how you can get rid of the WordPress visual editor.

Visual Editor in WordPress

Your goal is that when you login and start a new post, you are automatically in the HTML mode rather than visual mode. First thing you need to do is login to your WordPress admin panel.

Then you would need to go to Users > Your Profile, there you will see something that looks like the image below:

Visual Editor in WordPress

Check this option and you will no longer have to deal with formatting errors caused by WordPress again. Now some people might be afraid that they would have to enter things in HTML, but no. There is still a bar there to help you edit posts, but it just won’t be as rich featured as the other one. This is for those users who have some knowledge of HTML.

Visual Editor in WordPress

The view without the visual editor would look something like the image above. We recommend this mode only if you have basic knowledge of HTML.

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  1. Karen Doll says:


    I’m hoping you can help me with my Visual Editor issue. I know this page addresses how to disable the Visual Editor, but I’m hoping you can help to enable my Visual Editor. I am a freelance writer and a client set up a WordPress account for me on her site. I cannot access the Visual Editor. The disable Visual Editor box in NOT checked. And, when I tried to click on Visual, all of my text disappears. The word counter remains the same as if there are invisible words on the page. Perhaps there is something you can tell me that I can forward onto the site owner.

    Thanks so much for your help :)

  2. sunil says:

    Does enabling visual editor erase the html code again?

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      No, but if you edit a post and switch to visual editor, then it may try to fix unclosed HTML tags, etc. This could affect your post’s formatting a little bit.

  3. WPBeginner Staff says:

    You can go to your user profile and check the option disable visual editor when writing.

  4. Stefani says:

    Hi there! Do you happen to know if it would cause formatting issues if the visual editor is enabled for one user and they were told not to click the text editor button at all (for my client, so they can do things like change text color for a word here and there) and disabled for me (so that I can easily code things if needed)? Thank you!!

  5. Carolee Lawrence says:

    There is no “visual editor” on Users/my profile

  6. rajkanuri says:

    for WordPress Visual Editor is acting weird, it is not showing up in Firefox and Chrome but working fine in IE… what should be the error, I have even reinstalled the WordPress using the reinstall option in the dashboard..

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