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Advanced Wordpress Formatting

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been looking for a plugin that would add more formatting options to Wordpress’s WYSIWYG post editor. Mainly I wanted to quickly add headings in my posts and change font color without having to mess with the code.

Well, guess what. Wordpress 2.1 has advanced formatting built into it. You just need the secret code:

Windows users : alt-shift-v (Firefox) or alt-v (Internet Explorer)
Mac Users : ctrl-v

By entering the secret code you’ll go from this:

wp_viseditor1.gif

To this:

wp_advformat.gif

Now you have versatile toolbar editor. The drop-down format menu allows you to choose from different heading formats and you can quickly change text color. The Omega sign allows you to add special characters with ease. And it also solves a problem that has frustrated me to no end: the advanced toolbar lets you paste into the visual editor from Word. I’ve been trying to figure out how to do that for awhile now.

Why doesn’t Wordpress make the advanced visual editor the default setting? If they won’t make it the default setting they should at least do a better job of letting people know about the option. I’ve been using Wordpress for almost 6 months and had no clue about it.

Hat tip to WorkingSolo. You’re a God send!

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[tags]Wordpress, blogging[/tags]