I am attempting to disable the Text tab in the post editor but not having any luck.

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The first thing I want to do is set the Visual editor to be the default but this code does not work (it is being called from a MU plugin):

apply_filters( 'wp_default_editor', 'tinymce' );

Next, I want to be able to completely hide the 'Visual' and 'Text' tabs but I don't see and hooks I could use to accomplish this.I really don't want to resort to CSS/JS to do it.

  • I figured out my first problem with setting the default. It should have been add_filter( 'wp_default_editor', create_function('', 'return "tinymce";') ); – Adam Dec 7 '14 at 3:31
  • Please post that as an answer and accept it as well :-) – Pieter Goosen Dec 7 '14 at 3:38
  • But there is still the second part of my question. I was curious if there is a better way than CSS/JS to get rid of the tabs. – Adam Dec 7 '14 at 3:39
  • AH OK. Then you should add your comment as an edit to your question :-) – Pieter Goosen Dec 7 '14 at 4:05

I was hunting for a way to do this, and no-one seems to mention the wp_editor_settings filter. This worked for me:

function my_editor_settings($settings) {
$settings['quicktags'] = false;
return $settings;

add_filter('wp_editor_settings', 'my_editor_settings');
  • Thanks. This code seem to work for me. Is it possible the make it work for all users roles except Administrator? – sampaii Nov 12 '17 at 0:33
  • This isn't tested, but I suspect if you modified the above code as follows: if ( !current_user_can( 'manage_options' ) ) { $settings['quicktags'] = false; } return $settings; It might work – Stef Williams Jan 22 '18 at 13:56

I was able to resolve both defaulting to the Visual editor and hiding the tabs with the following code.

Dumped the following in plugin file:

add_filter( 'wp_default_editor', array($this, 'default_editor') );

Hide the tabs with this javascript:


Or hide it with CSS:


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