More Editing Controls with Tiny MCE plugins in WordPress

WordPress is easy to use, but making something easy to use usually means you have to leave out features or reduce control. Editing text can be very frustrating with the native text editing built into WordPress.

Adding TinyMCE advanced editor, and two additional plugins, one for tables and one for shortcodes, will make editing easier.

Install TinyMCE and Two Plugins


Let’s go and install the extra plugins.

In the WordPress admin area for your site, click “Add New” under Plugins. You’ll be able to search and install the plugins:


Search for these plugin titles and use WordPress to install them:

Search Term: TinyMCE Advanced
Download Link:

  • This plugin adds 17 plugins to TinyMCE: Advanced HR, Advanced Image, Advanced Link, Advanced List, Context Menu, Emotions (Smilies), Date and Time, IESpell, Layer, Embed Media, Nonbreaking, Print, Search and Replace, Style, Table, Visual Characters and XHTML Extras.

Search Term: Tiny Table
Download Link:

  • Most editors have table editing included, But for some reason they removed this capability from the WordPress Version. This plugin adds tables back to Tiny MCE

Search Term: TinyMCE Generic WP Shortcode Editor
Download Link:

  • To edit shortcodes in TinyMCE you have to switch to code view. This allows you to edit them visually.

Using your new controls and editing icon locations


When you go to edit our post or page you will see the full TinyMCE toolbar with two additional icons .

  1. inserting shortcode
  2. inserting tables

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