How to Disable WordPress Visual Editor

The visual editor provides a visual editor to write and format posts. However, it tries to format the HTML tags written in the HTML editor when turning to the visual editor, and may delete some HTML tags and screw up HTML tags. Even when we set the editor to HTML editor, WordPress may automatically turn back to visual editor next time when we edit a post. For users that are familiar with HTML editor and prefer it, it is better to disable the Visual Editor completely. The WordPress provides an option for us to disable the visual editor actually.

We can log in WordPress, go to Users->Your Profile, and check the box for “Disable visual editor when writing” to disabled it. The the visual editor will be turned off.

Additionally, the administrators of WordPress you can edit each user’s option and disable the visual editor from the Users->All Users panel.


Eric Ma

Eric is a systems guy. Eric is interested in building high-performance and scalable distributed systems and related technologies. The views or opinions expressed here are solely Eric's own and do not necessarily represent those of any third parties.


  1. I still do not very clear on why custom HTML auto-formatting need to be disabled on wordpress.
    ^-^ …..Confuse….. ^-^

    1. It depends on your usage of the editor actually. If you are always editing the post with the Visual Editor, everything should be fine. If you prefer to write some HTML in the post, the auto-formatting from the editor may change or delete or add HTML tags which you may not like.

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