Show the WordPress Kitchen Sink Options on the Editor by Default

If you have clients who use WordPress, or you have users on a site or a network that you control, then as the go-to person for all their questions, no doubt you’ve answered a fair share by starting with, “Now at the top of editor screen, all the way over to the right, there’s a funny looking button that looks like … well, I don’t what it what it looks like, but it’s the last button on the right. Do you see that?”

Of course you’re trying to get them to the “kitchen sink,” the second row of options on the editor that lets them do very important things like put in headings, underlines, colors, get to the Microsoft Word button (a BIG one), etc.

All these options are pretty self-explanatory, but many users don’t know this row of options exists. If they did, they wouldn’t have to bother you.


Show the Kitchen Sink by Default

If you would like to show that second row of options by default, there’s an easy way. Simply put the following into your theme’s functions.php file (Appearance > Edit > Theme Functions – functions.php):

function unhide_kitchensink( $args ) {
$args['wordpress_adv_hidden'] = false;
return $args;
add_filter( 'tiny_mce_before_init', 'unhide_kitchensink' );

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Comments (2)

  1. Hm. Not sure what happened. I have MANY wordpress blogs. I just updated one of them and in the process, I lost my kitchen sink. I cannot find it anywhere. It’s just the regular old HTML options:


    Where did it go and how do I get it back? I know there is an option for it somewhere. Ill look in appearance, but I hope you get back to me.

  2. Kristi – It’s hard to say. It might be a plugin that you’re using. You could try deactivating all you plugins to see if it comes back. If it does, then try reactivating your plugins one by one to see which one is in conflict.