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19th May, 2018

TinyMCE Advanced
By Andrew Ozz

Need help formatting content? Think the default WordPress editor is too constraining? TinyMCE Advanced is here to help.


For those who don’t know, TinyMCE is the javascript library powering WordPress’s wysiwyg field. This plugin enhances that field by adding 15 new buttons, new formatting options, etc.

After installing and activating, the wysiwyg editor toolbar will have new formatting options available.

wysiwyg field before
wysiwyg field before
wysiwyg field after
wysiwyg field after

Some useful features this plugin comes up with:

  • Format code
  • Add line(<hr />)
  • Create tables(currently this seems like the only plugin to do so inside a wysiwyg field)
  • Add special characters

In the settings page(Sidebar > Settings > TinyMCE Advanced) there’s also a drag and drop editor to customize your editor toolbar.

TinyMCE Advanced Drag and Drop editor
TinyMCE Advanced Drag and Drop editor

This makes it very easy to customize the toolbar. You can also make it super minimalistic by including the only formatting buttons you want.


Documentation is very sparse and I could not location any guides on how to user the editor-style.css inside TinyMCE Advanced.

In case you want to add your own buttons, we found this helpful gist to help you create your own buttons inside the TinyMCE editor.

So that that..

I found this small nugget of documentation provided by the plugin author. Its very helpful and should be able to answer most of your questions.


Drag and drop builder Yes - you can drag and drop buttons inside the editor toolbar.
Gutenberg ready No - Gutenberg doesn't use TinyMCE at all so this is irrelevant.


An excellent little plugin for boosting WordPress’s default content editing capabilities. Highly recommended for content heavy websites.

  • Lots of formatting options available

  • Nice drag-and-drop editor for customizing the toolbar

  • Documentation is sparse


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