TinyMCE Advanced

This plugin will let you add, remove and arrange the buttons that are shown on the Visual Editor toolbar. It includes 15 plugins for TinyMCE that are automatically enabled or disabled depending on what buttons are chosen.

Some of the features added by this plugin:

  • Support for creating and editing tables.
  • More options when inserting lists.
  • Search and Replace in the editor.
  • Ability to set Font Family and Font Size.
  • And many others.



The plugin’s interface in only in English (for now), but the TinyMCE plugins are translated in all languages supported by WordPress.


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).

Manual Installation

    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 button preferences at “Settings -> TinyMCE Advanced”.
    6. Try your new and improved wysiwyg editor (after clearing your browser’s cache).

How to change editor buttons

This example shows how to add the Font Sizes and Font Family drop-down buttons to the third toolbar row.

settings page

Open the settings page.


Drag the buttons to any toolbar row.


Font Sizes and Font Family buttons added to the third toolbar row.

And finally don’t forget to click on Save Changes :)

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.

  •  The “More Colors” dialog is missing

This is a change in TinyMCE 4.0. By default is includes only pre-defined colors. If you prefer to select custom colors, try the TinyMCE Color Picker plugin.

  • Some of the image options (margins, CSS classes) are missing.

Try the Advanced Image Styles plugin.


  • #1424 by Auriel Kitsu October 30, 2014 at: 9:23 pm

    Love what the TinyMCE Advanced plugin, love what it lets me do.

    One problem I have is that WYSIWYG in TinyMCE Advanced isn’t working. Have you got any idea what could cause that it to stop functioning? I have Montezuma as the theme and I’m using Google Font Manager plugin to enable TinyMCE Advanced to use additional fonts. It works on output but I can’t see what the page or post look like before previewing or posting. I’ve deactivated the Font Manager and it still doesn’t give me WYSIWYG display. I’ve tried deactivating different plugins to see if that was it and the only thing I can think of is these two plugins the Google Font Manager and the Montezuma Theme. Also this is my second time installing it. I switched on px sizes the first time I installed TinyMCE Advanced it gave me the option of more sizes of fonts. Now it only displays 8, 12, 14, 16, 20, 24 et cetera. Where did the rest of the intermediate sizes go? I had 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, et cetera before.

    Google Font Manager


    Montezuma Support Forum

    Thank you,


  • #1423 by Yvesd October 26, 2014 at: 6:00 pm

    really good plu gin, but i can not see more than the first line of icons :-(

  • #1422 by Ruud October 20, 2014 at: 5:44 am

    There is an option, to prevent removing p aragraph , so the text is readable after closing the editor once.

    Is it also possible to keep distance in case of the definition list operating with dt itle and dd efinition ?

  • #1421 by AreQ October 11, 2014 at: 3:25 am

    first of all I want to say ‘Thank you – it is a great help!’
    I’m struggeling with the anchors. The id in the page is set (). Inserting this into the links at the menu-page (#Skala) brings up a “about:blank” – new page.
    Where’s my mistake?

    Thanks a lot for your effort.
    Best regards

  • #1420 by lexsto October 8, 2014 at: 4:47 am

    This great plugin has been working for me on several sites and is still working on most of them but for one site it has suddenly stopped working and I have no formatting buttons above my text editor field at all – any ideas? Should I switch plugins? Any help appreciated…

  • #1419 by Richard October 7, 2014 at: 8:20 pm

    Suddenly,m the Visual Editor is not working. There are no buttons and it doesn’t even allow me to type in the edit field. The Text editor works just fine. It is only the Visual editor with a problem. What is happening? It worked for years and suddenly is not working.

  • #1418 by ludvik September 25, 2014 at: 5:16 pm

    Hi. I love this plugin.

    Please add functionality from this plugin: https://wordpress.org/plugins/inline-quote/ Good typography is essential. :-)
    And add keyboard shortcut (for example Ctrl+Shift+Space) for nonbreaking space. Or every button configurable.
    Thanks very much.

  • #1417 by Jeff September 25, 2014 at: 9:38 am

    I just added to work press 4.0. Under settings I cannot find the “Tables Bar”. Any assistance is appreciated.

  • #1416 by Elizabeth September 18, 2014 at: 6:09 am

    #1410 by Elizabeth – issue was resolved. The Text Color returned to normal after I cleared my browser cache.

  • #1415 by Elizabeth September 18, 2014 at: 5:45 am


    I’ve installed TinyMCE Advanced. Recently I’ve noticed that the print in my articles contain strange non-alphabet characters. I’m hesitant to make any further corrections for fear that this problem will become widespread when I type. Please help with a solution. Thank you in advance!