Is it possible to remove the Visual \ HTML tabs from wp_editor and display only the TinyMCE editor?

Basically, right now, I'm using wp_editor to display the smallest possible TinyMCE editor I can - only one button is needed, italics.

Current TinyMCE instnace

What I'd like to do is make that smaller by removing the Visual \ HTML tabs. Our authors won't ever need the HTML editor and the custom buttons I'm creating will only be accessible from the visual editor.

NOTE: For reasons found here, I can't use the teeny argument of wp_editor.

Thanks in advance,


6 Answers 6


Just set 'quicktags' parameter of the settings array to false.

wp_editor('', 'some-id', array('quicktags' => false) );
  • No idea why I didn't think of this. Thanks!
    – turbonerd
    Commented Apr 18, 2012 at 12:56

I was hunting for a way to disable the 'Text' tab for all users, and nowhere did I see the filter below mentioned.

This worked for me:

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

add_filter('wp_editor_settings', 'my_editor_settings');

The code provided by ungestaltbar works great, but I wanted it to work for bbPress (2.2.x) as well. I found this to be very easy and clean as well;

In the template files (only copy the files you need from wp-content/plugins/bbpress/templates/default/bbpress to your theme folder, into a folder called bbpress, for example wp-content/themes/mytheme/bbpress) you'll find numerous calls to:

bbp_the_content( array( 'context' => 'reply' ) );

In your template files replace a call like this with (ie. add: 'quicktags' => false);

bbp_the_content( array( 'context' => 'reply', 'quicktags' => false ) );

The calls can be found in all form-xyz.php files.


Here is a simple, yet clean way

//  Remove visual option and tabs
add_filter( 'user_can_richedit' , '__return_false', 50 );

You can hide both from view using this code in your theme's functions.php file:

//Hide Post Page Options from ALL users
function hide_all_post_page_options() {
global $post;
$hide_all_post_options = "<style type=\"text/css\"> #content-html, #content-tmce { display: none !important; }</style>";
add_action( 'admin_head', 'hide_all_post_page_options'  );
  • Hi Travis. This has had no effect on my page, even when I simply add those lines to my plugin's CSS file.
    – turbonerd
    Commented Apr 16, 2012 at 15:13
  • Quite honestly, I am no coder. This is the code I always use to hide areas of the new post page. I just add it to my theme's functions.php file and have never had any problems. I can tell you though, the css that styles the tabs is located in /wp-includes/css/editor-buttons.css. Commented Apr 16, 2012 at 15:32
  • You might want to try to clear your cache after implementing the above code. I have used it in code on a new site today and tested it on an existing site. Both worked perfectly. Commented Apr 16, 2012 at 20:14
add_filter( 'admin_footer', 'removes_editor_visual_tab', 99 );

function removes_editor_visual_tab()
    <style type="text/css">
    a#content-tmce, a#content-tmce:hover {
    <script type="text/javascript">
    jQuery(document).ready(function() {
        document.getElementById("content-tmce").onclick = 'none';

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