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How to Switch Off Visual Editor Mode in WordPress

WordPress comes with an excellent visual editor which makes it really easy for creating posts, pages and editing these because it is easy to use because and works similar to Microsoft Word editor.

This front end visual editor is what makes WordPress an attractive website creation option, even for beginners with absolutely no knowledge of HTML. However, it is also known to play strangely in certain cases and causes formatting loss when switching between HTML mode and visual editor mode. And these formatting errors translate into website errors in production.

However, given the WordPress flexibility as a platform, it is quite easy to remove visual editor in WordPress. In this article we are going to show you how you can turn of this visual editor mode and still use the HTML mode. This will ensure that whenever you want to create a post or edit a post, you are directly taken to HTML mode.

You can do this by first signing in to your backend WordPress dashboard with admin login. After that, click on Users>Your Profile link from the left side administration menu.

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Check the box next to ‘Disable the visual editor when writing’? and hit the blue Update Profile button at the bottom of the page.

Once you have updated the option, you will not be confronted with the formatting errors caused by switching between Visual Editor in WordPress and HTML editor because you will only see the HTML option. You will still be able to edit the existing posts and basic options will be there but of course you will not be seeing the rich featured Visual editor anymore.

However, please keep in mind that this option is only for advanced users with basic knowledge of HTML because otherwise you will be wasting a lot of time trying to figure out the HTML itself rather than using the editor.


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