In earlier than 4.6, one could, with 1 click, edit all the properties of a link:

Proper link edit dialog

Now, thanks to the "all new and improved 4.6", the dialog has been turned into this:

Thanks WordPress. Not!

I understand that this makes it easier for MOST users but I seriously prefer the previous versions. Any idea / workaround?

  • I believe that this has been in wp 4.5 as well.
    – Florian
    Aug 21, 2016 at 13:54
  • Possible duplicate of Remove inline linking tool
    – birgire
    Aug 21, 2016 at 13:58
  • @birgire, the OP is not asking a way to remove it, rather an easier way to access the URL properties menu. Aug 21, 2016 at 15:59
  • After reading "I seriously prefer the previous versions", the linked question came to mind and it's proposed solution to go directly to the link dialog in 1-click. But I already upvoted your answer for the nice demonstration how it currently works in WP 4.5+, in the case OP isn't aware of that @EthanJinksO'Sullivan
    – birgire
    Aug 21, 2016 at 16:07
  • Thank you. Unless an extra click is too much of a hassle for the OP, I'm sure there is a way to add a custom function to make the insert/edit link pop-up instead Aug 21, 2016 at 16:11

1 Answer 1


To disable the inline link tool and revert it back to a pop-up screen instead, do the following:

In your child theme directory, add the following to your function.php:

add_filter( 'mce_external_plugins', 'wpse_236590_link_editor' );

function wpse_236590_link_editor( $plugins ) {
    $plugins['full_link_dialog'] = plugins_url( 'js/', __FILE__ ) . 'editor.js';
    return $plugins;

Next create a directory inside your child theme folder called js and create a file called editor.js with the following code:

jQuery( function () {
    tinymce.PluginManager.add( 'full_link_dialog', function ( editor, url ) {
        if ( editor ) {
            // Open the full link window instead of the inline linker
            editor.onExecCommand.add( function( ed, cmd, ui, val ) {
                if ( cmd == 'WP_Link' ) {
                    window.wpLink.open( editor.id );
            } );
    } );
} );
  • That's exactly what I DO NOT want to do :). Apparently my screenshots weren't obvious enough... I know how to reach what you showed (since I uploaded the screenshots), but I do NOT want to spend 1 extra click for it, when initially the FULL dialogue would appear immediately :).
    – Axonn
    Aug 25, 2016 at 11:47
  • 1
    @Axonn Updated answer with two plugins to solve your question. Aug 27, 2016 at 6:50
  • Thanks for this, but it causes an issue with recent versions of WP and isn't future-compatible. See my answer below. I would have just added it as a comment so you could edit your answer accordingly but it was too much code for a comment. But let me know if you update your answer and I'll just delete mine. Mar 7, 2017 at 22:07

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