I use WordPress with TinyMCE in Chinese.

It needs double white spaces in the beginning of each paragraph. But the editor will automatically removing all spaces(white space and nbsp; code) in the beginning of the paragraph when I toggle the editor between WYSIWYG mode and HTML mode.

When I used WordPress 3.8, I could stop it doing this with these code

add_filter('tiny_mce_before_init', 'preserve_nbsp_chars');
function preserve_nbsp_chars($initArray) {
    $initArray['entities'] = $initArray['entities'].',160,nbsp';
    return $initArray;

The bad thing is it does not work after I updated WP to 4.0.

//[nbsp] shortcode
function nbsp_shortcode( $atts, $content = null ) {
$content = '&nbsp';
return $content;
add_shortcode( 'nbsp', 'nbsp_shortcode' );

Then call it like this:


Instead of:


Hat tip to this post on wordpress.org: https://wordpress.org/support/topic/prevent-nbsp-characters-from-getting-removed-by-the-visual-editor

  • Hi Nathaniel, welcome to WPSE and thanks for your answer. Link-only answers are discouraged as they can change over time. You can use the link to provide context, but could you edit your answer to include the relevant information & code for the [nbsp] workaround? Thanks! – Tim Malone Jul 28 '16 at 20:41
  • Sure I just didn't want to plagiarise their information, and I doubt wordpress org's url will change, but will do no worries. – Nathaniel Flick Jul 29 '16 at 12:28

An ugly workaround I have always used in WordPress to add spaces is use <b>&nbsp;</b>

It's ugly, but it works.

  • Thank you very much!You're right.But I still want to find some way to keep spaces without using html code. – sunsam7 Sep 24 '14 at 8:57

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