How To Change the Default Editor

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Are you looking for a way to change the default editor? This snippet changes the default editor to be either the Visual Editor or the Text Editor (HTML Editor).


Add one of the following snippets to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin.

  • This snippet makes the Visual Editor the default editor.
  • # This sets the Visual Editor as default #
    add_filter( 'wp_default_editor', create_function('', 'return "tinymce";') );
  • This snippet makes the Text Editor (HTML Editor) the default editor.
  • # This sets the HTML Editor as default #
    add_filter( 'wp_default_editor', create_function('', 'return "html";') );  

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  1. We are running php 8 and the theme file editor refuses the default editor code – Uncaught Error: Call to undefined function create_function()

  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you! This problem was so difficult to resolve and your snippet did the trick.

    1. Shahzad Saeed July 22, 2019 at 6:38 am

      Glad it helped, Tad 🙂

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