Is there a way to Disable the visual editor for all users without logging in and setting each user's setting in the admin panel, preferable some way to do it with code in the functions file?

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The easiest way seems to be to use the Disable Visual Editor Plugin.

The plugin also recommends that you remove the wp-includes/js/tinymce/ directory, but will require maintenance every upgrade.


Not sure if this still works. Preferably, drop this inside your theme's functions.php:

add_filter( 'user_can_richedit' , '__return_false', 50 );

  • It worked beautifully! May 7, 2012 at 15:50
  • Same here, worked great, even in the Pods Framework plugin that uses TinyMCE. Nov 18, 2012 at 3:26
  • This will change text edit behaviour. For example, without this code,   would be kept as it, while with this __return_false   will be converted to invisible whitespace in backend text editor. Jan 13, 2017 at 12:38

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