I've tried disabling WP's auto-paragraph thingy using

remove_filter ('the_content', 'wpautop');

but I am still getting my stuff wrapped in automatic <p> tags... What am I doing wrong?

Its at the bottom of a functions file. Its not in functions.php, but in a file that functions.php includes (and putting it in functions.php doesn't change the behaviour at all).

Update: var_dump( $wp_filter['the_content'] ); outputs NULL. How can I test why this filter isn't being run?

4 Answers 4


Had same problem, fixed with css:

  height: 0;
  margin: 0;
  padding: 0;
  • This does not "fix the problem" when you have blocks of CSS or JS in the code, etc. This is not a solution, it's a hacky workaround. Aug 22, 2023 at 13:53

If you're using the TinyMCE Advanced plugin, try unchecking this advanced option:

Stop removing the <p> and <br /> tags when saving and show them in the HTML editor

Unchecking that and using the remove_filter ('the_content', 'wpautop'); code in my functions.php did the trick for me.


Your code is absolutely correct. You can try this snippet in template to ensure it is being removed:

var_dump( $wp_filter['the_content'] );

If it's not it may be that code never reaches your filter removal (return above it for example) or filter is re-added later by some other code.

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    or try changing the filter priority, default is 10 Jan 12, 2011 at 14:08
  • @Ambitious Amoeba not sure what you mean? Priority should match exactly for remove_filter() to work.
    – Rarst
    Jan 12, 2011 at 14:17
  • yeah, but if you add a filter with priority 20, shouldn't you remove it with the same priority? maybe autop is added with a different priority... Jan 12, 2011 at 14:36
  • @Ambitious Amoeba I've checked the source and tested code, it is added without priority specified so default it is.
    – Rarst
    Jan 12, 2011 at 14:43
  • var_dump( $wp_filter['the_content'] ); outputs NULL. I've tried grepping for wpautop but apparently none of the php files in wp-content contain this, apart from my line of code. Jan 12, 2011 at 19:13

My problem was while developing a shortcode. Credits to Samuel Wood. See his advice here:

Oh, and if you’re putting in shortcodes, use a shortcode block instead of typing them into a P block. Then you won’t have wrapper P tags.


  • So, for those of us who don't use blocks.... ???
    – John Smith
    Mar 17 at 4:22

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