TinyMCE Advanced

TinyMCE Advanced 2 beta - admin pageThis plugin adds 16 plugins to TinyMCE, WordPress’ wysiwyg editor: Advanced hr, Advanced Image, Advanced Link, Context Menu, Emotions (Smilies), Full Screen, IESpell, Layer, Media, Nonbreaking, Print, Search and Replace, Style, Table, Visual Characters and XHTML Extras. Together these plugins can add over 40 new buttons to the toolbar, which is now two rows plus one hidden row. Some of the new features added by this plugin are:

  1. Font size and font family selection.
  2. Support for making and editing tables.
  3. Advanced list and image dialogs that offer a lot of options.
  4. Search and Replace.
  5. Support for XHTML specific tags and for (div based) layers.
  6. Support for adding and editing inline css styles to any element.



The plugin’s interface in only in English, but the TinyMCE plugins include several translations: French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese and Chinese. Additional translations can be downloaded from TinyMCE’s site. Each language file has to be added to the corresponding directory of each of the TinyMCE plugins in tinymce-advanced/mce. For example to add another language file for the “advlink” plugin, the file has to be in tinymce-advanced/mce/advlink/langs. For the “table” plugin, the file has to go to tinymce-advanced/mce/table/langs, etc. Note that these files would have to be (manually) updated after each update of the plugin.


The latest stable version of TinyMCE Advanced.

All previous versions are available here as well as the development version (all bug-fixes and new features would be there first).


Standard toolbarExtended toolbarFullscreen modeThe inline styles dialog box

Manual Installation (for version 2.0 and newer)

  1. Download.
  2. Unzip.
  3. Upload the “tinymce-advanced” folder to the WordPress’ plugins directory at “wp-content/plugins”. Make sure all of the plugin’s files are directly in that folder (not in a nested folder inside it).
  4. Activate the plugin.
  5. Set your preferences at “Settings -> TinyMCE Advanced” or “Manage -> TinyMCE Advanced” for WordPress 2.6 and older.
  6. Try your new and improved wysiwyg editor (after clearing your browser’s cache).

Upgrading from version 2.0+

  1. Deactivate the old version.
  2. Delete the “tinymce-advanced” folder from WordPress’ plugins directory.
  3. Follow the above steps to install the new version.

Upgrading from version 1.0 or 1.0.1

This version of TinyMCE Advanced is self-contained. It does not require separate installation of TinyMCE plugins. If you have one of the (very old) versions 1.0 or 1.0.1 installed, please follow these steps:

  1. Deactivat the old TinyMCE Advanced.
  2. Backup the TinyMCE plugins folder, located at wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins.
  3. Delete the following TinyMCE plugins that were added when installing the previous version (delete the directories with these names from wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins):
    • advhr
    • contextmenu
    • print
    • visualchars
    • advimage
    • advlink
    • table
    • xhtmlxtras
    • nonbreaking
    • layer
    • searchreplace
    • fullscreen
  4. After deleting the above plugins, you should have the 7 default plugins that came with WordPress: autosave, directionality, inlinepopups, paste, spellchecker, wordpress, wphelp. Or if you prefer, delete the whole tinymce plugins directory (wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins) and upload a fresh copy from the WordPress installation package.
  5. Delete the tinymce-advanced folder from WordPress plugins directory (wp-includes/plugins).
  6. Follow the installation instructions above to install the new version.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • On the admin page: cannot sort the TinyMCE buttons, they are not moving, toolbars are empty, other errors on the page…

This is usually caused by another plugin adding incompatible JavaScript library to all pages instead only where needed. The workaround is to try and find which plugin is doing that, then disable it temporarily until all TinyMCE buttons are arranged.

If that’s not the case try some general Javascript troubleshooting: clear the cache, try another browser, try another computer if possible, delete and re-upload all of the plugin’s files, and finally install Firefox with Firebug or Opera, note the first js error (important) and post it below or search the Internet to see what’s causing it.

  • Arranged the buttons and saved them but nothing is changed in the visual editor on the Write page.

Click on the “Uninstall” button (next to the Save button) and then on “Continue”. Then deactivate and activate the plugin again. This will reset all settings stored in the database. Also be sure to force-refresh (with Ctrl/Shift) your browser couple of times on both the plugin’s admin page and on the Write page.

  • Some buttons are missing from TinyMCE’s menus, or no toolbar(s) appear at all, or TinyMCE behaves strange after installing the plugin.

Almost all of these problems are caused by the browser’s cache, or network cache. Clear your browser’s cache, quit the browser, then start it and try again. If the problem persists, try reloading the page while holding down Ctrl (in IE) or Shift (in Firefox) to make the browser reload the page from the server. This can also be caused by a network cache somewhere between you and your web host. Just wait for a few hours for it to expire.

  • I don’t see any styles being imported in the “Styles” drop-down menu.

These styles (just the classes) are imported from your current theme’s editor-style.css file. However some themes don’t include that file. For this case follow the instructions on TinyMCE Avdanced’s settings page to add your own editor-style.css file to your theme. When defining the styles there keep in mind that TinyMCE would import only class names:

  • I’ve just installed this plugin, but it doesn’t do anything.

Log out of WordPress, clear your browser’s cache, quit and restart the browser and try again. If that does not work, there may be a caching proxy or network cache somewhere between you and your host. You may need to wait for a few hours until this cache expires.

  • When I add “Smilies”, they do not show in the editor.

The “Emotions” button in TinyMCE adds the codes for the smilies. The actual images are added by WordPress when viewing the Post/Page. Make sure the checkbox “Convert emoticons to graphics on display” in “Options -> Writing” is checked.

  • The plugin doesn’t add any buttons and the “Visual” and “HTML” tabs are missing.

Make sure the “Disable the visual editor when writing” checkbox under “Users->Your Profile” is unchecked.



  • #1358 by Julie April 23, 2014 at: 8:38 am

    I’ve installed ver 4.0.1 and I have some colors back, but I really need the “more colors” option. When will it be returned? Since I have a black background, I need to have this option to lighten the text colors.

  • #1357 by Tonya April 23, 2014 at: 7:25 am

    I would like the color option back on the tables. This last update is very disappointing. My business requires using lots of graphics and colors and the way your editor is right now is not a help but a hindrance.

  • #1356 by Judy April 22, 2014 at: 1:44 pm

    Worpress updated and the other tinymce I was using lost it color pallet, can’t change the color of fonts, so today so got your latest tinymce advance 3.5.9 plugin; I am having the same issue. What to do? J.B.

  • #1355 by Ilse April 22, 2014 at: 6:07 am


    I’ve got TinyMCE advanced installed on multiple sites, but there’s only one site with which I’ve got problems. There are two buttons which aren’t working:
    Make a link
    Delete a link
    I can click both buttons, but nothing happens. No screen pops up to let me fill in/choose a link, nothing.
    All the other buttons work. I’ve tried deactivating and reactivating the plugin, de-installing and re-installing it, but nothing helps.

    What causes this problem? I know how to code, so for me it’s not a problem. For other users on my site, this will be a problem though.

    Thanks for the help!

  • #1354 by Janek April 22, 2014 at: 12:03 am

    Hi Andrew, First off – great plugin, thanks! When I updated to WP 3.9 and TinyMCE Advanced 4.0.1 (with Black Studio TinyMce 1.3.3) I have a problem on some of my sites that the editing toolbar will only show one row of icons and some of these are blank spaces as well. I have turned off all the other plugins one by one but nothing changes. Could it be the theme? Any advice, please.

  • #1353 by david April 21, 2014 at: 8:25 pm

    I used TinyMCE Advanced plugin in my website, and I insert a table in a page content thta all the border is default or I set it “0″, but it still can see the border. Can you tell me how to set the border, I don’t need to see the border

  • #1352 by Dave April 21, 2014 at: 10:09 am

    Where are the cell colors, table colors, borders etc …. I have used this for many sites, when will this be fixed ? VERY INCONVENIENT !!!!!

  • #1351 by D Maass April 21, 2014 at: 6:18 am

    What’s happened to the background colour for tables? Most of the table customisation seems to have disappeared.

  • #1350 by Andri April 18, 2014 at: 7:27 am

    #1347 by Craig April 17, 2014 at: 2:26 pm
    When I updated the plugin today I noticed that I now do not have the ability to change fonts or sizes when adding or editing post. What might be the issue and how do I fix it


    Please return this option!

  • #1349 by Jerome April 18, 2014 at: 2:25 am


    The cell property as background color alignment disappeared too!

    Really over this update.