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WordPress Visual (WYSIWYG) Editor Missing: How to Fix

Updated on March 17, 2011

Have you ever started a post on WordPress and have your Visual Editor vanish on you? It's happened to me several times, and it's frustrating. When I try to write a new post, the entire formatting bar on the Visual Editor vanishes, the text turns white (effectively invisible, unless you highlight it), and you have to shuttle to the HTML Editor to see anything. If you switch back to the Visual Editor, it retains all the HTML tags and the formatting bar is still gone.

Very frustrating.

Most guides I've found online tell you to reinstall WordPress (tried that), to deactivate all of your plugins (tried that), and to run all sorts of tests on your WP installation (tried those, too). None of them worked for me.

The only thing that worked was something relatively simple:

  1. FTP to your web server (your HTML docroot)
  2. Download the file wp-config.php
  3. Add the following line of code at the bottom of the file, right before the require_once line.
    define('CONCATENATE_SCRIPTS', false );
  4. Upload the amended file to replace the original
Voila!
Puzzlingly, this is not something that's been fixed over many, many new versions of WordPress (it's still a problem with 3.1 for me), so if this problem plagues your otherwise-lovely WordPress experience, be sure to keep these instructions handy.

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      lee 

      4 years ago

      it worked! Thx

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      Julie Cloutier 

      5 years ago

      I am eternally grateful to you for writing this post. Thank you so much I had the exact same problem you just described and your fantastic and easy solution solved it. Thank you again.

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      Gioj 

      5 years ago

      Mmm guys, unfortunately the google libraries and the extra code does not work on my part. more options?

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      nmckiernan 

      5 years ago

      Thank you!! This worked!!!!

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      PC-SERVEIS 

      6 years ago

      Several days ago disappeared also in my Blog WordPress the Visual Editor Toolbar, and although I have searched to solve this problem, all gave me the same solution (enter in "User Profile" and make sure that was not active the option "Disable the visual editor when writing ") but doesn't work for me...

      The solution that has worked perfectly in my Blog, wich works 100% after testing a lot, has been re-upload the entire folder with TinyMCE javascripts to the server because apparently they were wrong ...

      Thanks and Greetings to All from Barcelona! ! !

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      PC-SERVEIS, Diseño Web

      http://www.pc-serveis.es

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      Sandra 

      6 years ago

      Thank you!!!! That works! :)

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      Peter 

      6 years ago

      I had this problem after upgrading to WordPress 3.3.1

      Here's a quick fix:

      Install and actvate plugin 'use google libraries'.

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      edcable@gmail.com 

      6 years ago

      Amazing - thank you so much!

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      19Penguin 

      6 years ago

      Thanks, your the only one who made me solve this! Good post!

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      Jason Menayan 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Edgar: What version of WordPress are you using?

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      Edgar S├ínchez 

      7 years ago

      Done, and not working for me :( Any other workaround?

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      Elbizzon 

      7 years ago

      thank you !!!!!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh, nice!! Thanks for creating the guide! I've never experienced this when working through Wordpress before, but now I can rest assured that if I do, there's a fix!

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