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.



  • #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.

  • #1348 by Jerome April 18, 2014 at: 2:05 am


    The shortcut buttons for tables disappeared. How to recover?

    thank you

  • #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

  • #1346 by Mark April 13, 2014 at: 11:26 pm

    Andrew Ozz, Your current version of the tinymce-advanced plugin is not compatible with php version 5.4 in the hosting cpanels therefore it displays an error code on people’s webpages that have tested it and it also blocks access to WP login pages as well. Some hosting providers have the php setting set to php 5.4 by default and can’t change it to correct that. Is there anything you and WordPress can do to correct that issue and fix that with another update of the plugin to fix that issue so that the plugin is compatible with php 5.4?

  • #1345 by Wally April 6, 2014 at: 11:50 am

    I really like the features you have incorporated into TinyMCE Advanced. I know next to nothing about writing code so your plug-in has helped me tremendously. I like the table tool as well but find it lacking in the ability to select/control table frame/borders and cell borders.

    It would be great if you could include in your next version the ability to select individual frame/border lines, i.e. none, top, bottom, left, right – or any combination thereof; and the same for cell borders, i.e. none, top, bottom, left, right – or any combination thereof.

    I have been trying for days to figure out how to generate a table with no frame (border) and individual cells/rows with top and bottom borders only but have had no success. I also see through my research on the web that many, many other people share similar frustrations. If your table tool included these features I expect that downloads and contributions would increase significantly.

    Thanks for again sharing your knowledge and your skills.

  • #1344 by vavroom March 31, 2014 at: 3:01 pm

    HECK!!! Ignore previous post. it removed my sample tags…

    I’ve installed this plugin to make sure the paragraph tags I manually inserted in the HTML view aren’t stripped out. But it adds the p tag around the !–more– tag. This is a significant problem. I see that @Juno in 2010 had the same issue, but I haven’t found a solution for it.



  • #1343 by vavroom March 31, 2014 at: 3:00 pm

    I’ve installed this plugin to make sure the paragraph tags I manually inserted in the HTML view aren’t stripped out. But it adds the tag around the tag. This is a significant problem. I see that @Juno in 2010 had the same issue, but I haven’t found a solution for it.



  • #1342 by Paul March 24, 2014 at: 12:59 pm

    I’ve been experiencing the editor stripping out some image captions (some of which I need to justify fair use and attribution in some cases) and it’s also adding extra line breaks. I unchecked the option related to code cleanup but it doesn’t seem to help. I’m not sure what’s going on.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  • #1341 by Lucy March 23, 2014 at: 6:42 pm

    Dear Sir,
    Good day! I’ve just installed Tinymce advance plugin, which is powerful. We need to insert a table, however, there is no option for Table Class such as Invisible grid, subdued grid….etc. How can we find them? Please help. Thanks! lucy