Fix Missing Buttons in WordPress Visual editor & White Text

Fix Missing Buttons in WordPress Visual editor & White Text

Recently, I have observed that, many people were facing the problem of missing buttons in their WordPress visual editors and also, when they were writing a blog post in their editor, they can’t see what they were writing in it. They were not even able to switch from visual editor to their html editor. It becomes frustrating when those buttons don’t show up and won’t let you write your blog post peacefully. A blog post will look nice and will attract visitors only if it was richly formatted and has good alignment with pictures. When you don’t have the buttons in your visual editor, you may face difficulty formatting your blog post without buttons in your visual editors. And when you were writing your blog posts, if your text appears white, there is no point in writing because you can’t see what you were writing. People also have reported that, they can’t even switch from their visual editor to html editor. With all these errors in your blog, you will lose interest in writing a blog post.

Here I am going to show you how to fix all these errors.

Below you can see how it will look like if your buttons are missing.



Some people use TinyMCE Advanced Plugin for their editor as it will helpsin adding more buttons to your editor and thus giving even more feasibility to format your blog post. Here is how your editor will look like if you install TinyMCE editor plugin.

In the above picture, you can see lot of buttons were added to your editor which will help you in formatting your article even better.

There are some hidden buttons available in default WordPress visual editor. Most people will notice them normally, but if you are really new to WordPress, here is how you can show the hidden buttons in your editor.

Your default WordPress editor will be like this


If you click on the Toggle Toolbar button as shown in the above, you can see the hidden buttons for your visual editor.


In the above picture, you can see the new buttons showing in your editor.

Now, coming to main point, Missing buttons in your visual editor.

Method 1:

Try clearing your browser’s cache, sometimes your buttons in visual editor won’t show if there is some caching problem with your browser. So, try clearing your cache of your browser or use a different browser. The buttons should show up, if the problem occurred due to caching issue. If not, go for Method 2.

Method 2:

Is this problem arising after you have updated your WordPress?
Maybe during your update process, something may went wrong and it resulted in missing your buttons in visual editor. WordPress will have TinyMCE scripts by default in the folder wp-includes/js/tinymce

Try replacing this entire folder which is responsible for showing buttons in your visual editor. If something wrong with this folder means, after you have replaced your tinymce your buttons should show up.

As some users of WordPress have reported that, after updating their WordPress, they were missing wp-inclides/js/tinymce/wp-tinymce.js.gz in their WordPress installation directory. Try copying the file from your WordPress installation directory to your website directory which should fix the problem.

Method 3:

If the above two methods are not working means, then there might be some issue with your JavaScript when trying to load your visual editor. To resolve this, you can simply disable this by adding some code to your wp-config file. Normally for loading faster, all JavaScript files were loaded in a single url, but since you were getting problem with it. You can disable this feature by adding the following line to your wp-config.php file.

define( ‘CONCATENATE_SCRIPTS’, false );

The above trick has fixed many of the users who reported the error earlier. Hope it will help you fix your problem too.


If this problem occurred after you have upgraded your blog, try method 2 , as many users have reported that the file wp-tinymce.js.gz was missing.

Sometimes, plugins like simple Ad Manager and other plugins, may not integrate well with your themes, so they may lead to missing icons in your visual editor. If you have installed new plugin and lost icons in your WordPress editor, then try to disable them and see if you can see the buttons again.