How to Remove Visual Editor Mode in WordPress

Last Updated on June 4, 2021

WordPress has a great feature called Visual Editor that makes your post writing area look very similar to Microsoft Word. This feature offered by WordPress makes writing blog posts really easy.

One of the problems with the WordPress Visual Editor is it can mess up the formatting of your post. A typical example of this is let’s just say you are writing a post and you switch over to the HTML mode known as the WordPress Text Editor and then switch back to the WordPress Visual Editor. More than likely you will find that you have lost most of your formatting, and it will then cause errors on your website.

This is one of the many reasons why you would want to remove/disable or hide the visual editor in WordPress.

In this post, we are going to show you how to remove visual editor in WordPress.

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Why Remove Visual Editor In WordPress?

The WordPress visual editor is an easy way for beginners to write content in WordPress. It comes with a great user interface with useful options where you can choose colors and a format when writing your posts.

One of the cool things about WordPress Visual Editor is it can be set up to use the same fonts and colors as what you are using in your WordPress theme.

Many advanced users tend to prefer the plain text editor over the visual editor in WordPress. The text editor is very basic. It has basic formatting buttons and shows you the raw HTML otherwise known as plain text when you create your content.

One of the biggest complaints about the visual editor in WordPress is when you switch between visual and text mode, it will usually cause the formatting of your post to be off.

It’s even common that the visual editor in WordPress will add additional formatting that’s not needed.

As you can guess, this can be incredibly annoying and is why users want to remove, disable or hide the visual editor in WordPress.

Let’s dive into how to remove visual editor in WordPress.

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How to Remove Visual Editor in WordPress

I want to start off by showing you an image of the WordPress visual editor so you can see what it looks like before we remove the visual editor mode in WordPress.

 

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When you log in and start writing your new post, we want the HTML mode to load automatically instead of the visual mode. To do this, you want to start off by logging in to your WordPress admin panel.

You want to go to Users > Your Profile.

 

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You will then see something very similar to the image shown below:

 

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You want to select, “Disable the visual editor when writing posts” option.  Once you do this, you won’t have to deal with formatting errors that are caused by WordPress.

You might be worried that you will now have to enter things strictly in HTML, but that is not the case. You’re still going to see a bar that can help you edit posts, it just isn’t going to be as rich featured as the visual editor.

The screenshot below shows you what it will look like once you remove the visual editor in WordPress. Keep in mind that it might look slightly different on yours as this area can change little by little over time, but it’ll be real close to this. We recommend using this mode without the visual editor if you have a basic understanding of HTML.

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Final Thoughts

We hope this article helped you and showed you how to remove visual editor in WordPress.

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2 replies
  1. Mel
    Mel says:

    Alas, when I went to admin>users>my profile, the screen I saw was very different than yours and it contained no sign of a visual editor off option… Any ideas?

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    • Bryan Peterson
      Bryan Peterson says:

      Greetings, from the WordPress dashboard, find users and then hover over the option that says your profile. You should see where you can disable/remove the visual editor. I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t show unless it’s a Premium Theme you are using or possibly a plugin you have installed.

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