I would like to disable the 'Visual' tab so that the 'Text' tab is always used.

Is there a clean way to do this besides just doing something like .wp-switch-editor { display:none!important; }

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I can think of three way you can do this

  1. Log in to the Admin Control Panel and go to:

    Users -> All Users

    Find your username and click on Edit.

    Check "Disable the visual editor when writing"

  2. Add this code in the themes function.php file

    add_filter( 'user_can_richedit' , '__return_false', 50 );
  3. Install a plugin like Disable Visual Editor WYSIWYG

  • Was looking for a development approach, not a user approach. Adjusting the setting via the control panel would be a user approach, and having to resort to a plugin is never a good solution. Thanks anyway. – davidcondrey May 28 '14 at 21:16
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    Did you try adding add_filter( 'user_can_richedit' , '__return_false', 50 ); – user3635808 May 28 '14 at 21:17
  • No, I just went with the other solution. – davidcondrey May 28 '14 at 21:18
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    The filter approach is the way to go. Good job. – Christine Cooper Nov 13 '14 at 21:15

You can use this style/script to remove the visual tab. It works for me.

add_filter( 'admin_footer', 'custom_edit_page_js', 99);

function custom_edit_page_js(){ 
echo '  <style type="text/css">
        a#content-tmce, a#content-tmce:hover, #qt_content_fullscreen{
echo '  <script type="text/javascript">
            jQuery("#content-tmce").attr("onclick", null);

I've done it the same way just adding the GET page ID to target only certain pages:

add_filter( 'admin_footer', 'removes_editor_visual_tab', 99 );

function removes_editor_visual_tab()
    $post_id = $_GET['post'];
    if($post_id == 1434){
        <style type="text/css">
        a#content-tmce, a#content-tmce:hover {
        <script type="text/javascript">
            jQuery(document).ready(function() {
                document.getElementById("content-tmce").onclick = 'none';

The best way to turn off WordPress TinyMCE rich editor (which will disable the Visual tab).

Add this piece of code to your functions.php file.

add_filter('user_can_richedit', '__return_false');

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