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Modify Visual Editor


This plugin disables the visual editor drastically at any user login state. But if a user checks the box to enable visual editor, in the Profile page, the setting will be saved so they may edit with Visual Editor yet, will always return to disabled when they log back in. This is done for version 0.2.0 and higher as an experiment to see how well users can accept the fact that visual Editor is a dangerous thing in the hands of non-experienced HTML writers.



  1. Download the zipped file.
  2. Upload the file to your /wp-contents/plugins/ directory.
  3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.


Q.: I see a dropdown for users but it does not work
A.: the dropdown is for Administrators only. You must set each Admin one by one if you want each admin to have access to the visual editor.

Can I add features?

Yes, please contribute and fork from Github or ask on WordPress plugin page for support. This is Open Source.

What is the “hidden editor bar?”

WordPress removed a lot of components from the latest versions to make way for more room on the page. Older versions of MVEd would open up these hidden elements to use, which will show just below the two active menu bars of the Visual Editor.

Font Family, Font Sizes, Formats (dropdown), Background Color (Hightlighter), New Document
Cut, Copy, Special Characters, Horizontal Line

There are a few more that are commented out in the mved-modify-media-buttons file. After version 0.2.0 we discontinued these to streamline the plugin.


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Contributors & Developers

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– added uninstall
– removed editor buttons option
– added WP ver check

– change textdomain load to init
– reworked activation and deactivation
– switched method of update user_status
** Have a Wonderful Time **

– added unistall hook
– removed options to pick users
– added option to allow admins only