I'm not a big fan of the inline linking tool published with WP 4.5. Is there a way to disable it?

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    There is heated debate about this. The following thread on the WP forum contains code for a fix, but I didn't test it personally: wordpress.org/support/topic/…
    – cjbj
    May 13, 2016 at 7:46
  • The issue is not on the trac list for WP 4.6, so it's not going to go away shortly unless someone invests a lot of time in a plugin.
    – cjbj
    May 18, 2016 at 9:08
  • Looks like someone did @VesterDe ;-)
    – cjbj
    May 19, 2016 at 18:45

2 Answers 2


So, I may or may not go to hell for this, but I made a quickfix plugin that bypasses the inline part and just opens the link editor.

You can find it here.

I didn't spend much time testing it, if you find problems make issues in github and I will see if I can fix it.

The way it works is that I removed wplink as a plugin from tinyMCE, then added wplinkc, which I made by copying wplink and removing most of the code.

Edit: I was made aware of this other solution later today, and it looks a bit cleaner and definitely looks less hacky than mine.


I havent tried it though.

Edit #2: An actual proper plugin exists now, found here, that gets the job done.

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    It may be more beneficial to add the relevant code to your answer versus just a link.
    – Howdy_McGee
    May 19, 2016 at 14:29
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    That's a fair point, but it involves more than one file, one of which is a bigish .js file. I also made it a plugin and not just something you throw into functions.php for that reason. If things start to go wonky you just disable the thing.
    – VesterDe
    May 19, 2016 at 14:31
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    Touché, I didn't notice the JS folder in the root :)
    – Howdy_McGee
    May 19, 2016 at 14:32
  • Looks great! I'll check that asap. May 20, 2016 at 7:24

This might help you in disabling this shortcuts. Try adding this on your functions.php file.

function disable_mce_wptextpattern( $opt ) {

    if ( isset( $opt['plugins'] ) && $opt['plugins'] ) {
        $opt['plugins'] = explode( ',', $opt['plugins'] );
        $opt['plugins'] = array_diff( $opt['plugins'] , array( 'wptextpattern' ) );
        $opt['plugins'] = implode( ',', $opt['plugins'] );

    return $opt;

add_filter( 'tiny_mce_before_init', 'disable_mce_wptextpattern' );

Let me know if that help.

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