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Joomla 1.7.3 Tutorial – How to Enable the Extended Tiny MCE Editor

After the initial install of Joomla 1.7.3 the default editor activated is the Advanced TinyMCE Editor.  There are different version of the Editor – Simple, Advanced and Extended version.  The editor is mainly used in the creation of new articles in the Article Manager.  For the less experienced HTML programmers, the ‘Extended’ provides the most help in automatically inserting HTML tags and elements through clicking of a button.  While the Simple version is for those are more HTML savvy.

Simple TinyMCE Editor Looks like this:

Joomla 1.7.3 - Simple TinyMCE Editor
Joomla 1.7.3 - Simple TinyMCE Editor

Advanced TinyMCE Editor Looks like this:

Joomla 1.7.3 - Advanced TinyMCE Editor
Joomla 1.7.3 - Advanced TinyMCE Editor

Extended TinyMCE Editor Looks like this:

Joomla 1.7.3 - Extended TinyMCE Editor
Joomla 1.7.3 - Extended TinyMCE Editor

This is all already installed in your current installation of Joomla 1.7.3, there are no additional Components or Extensions that you need to download to activate the different instances of TinyMCE editor.    Follow the easy steps below and you can toggle between the editors easily.    The most popular version is the Extended TinyMCE Editor, simply because it provides users the most functionality with a click of a button.  Below I will show you how to activate your Extended TinyMCE Editor.

Overview:

1.  Check Default Editor in Global Configuration

Joomla 1.7.3 - Set Default Editor to TinyMCE
Joomla 1.7.3 - Set Default Editor to TinyMCE

After initial Joomla 1.7.3 installation, TinyMCE editor is already chosen as the default editor for the Article Manager and Category Manager.  These steps are to ensure that the default editor was not changed.

  •  Login to your Joomla 1.7.3 Administrator backend
  • Click on ‘Site’, ‘Global Configuration’
  • Select the ‘Site’ tab
  • Under ‘Site Settings’, set the following value:
      • Default Editor = Editor – TinyMCE
  • Click on ‘Save & Close’

2.  Select an Editor in TinyMCE Plugin Manager

Joomla 1.7.3 - Select Extended TinyMCE in Plugin Manager
Joomla 1.7.3 - Select Extended TinyMCE in Plugin Manager

TinyMCE is a plugin packaged in with the installation of Joomla 1.7.3.  There are many properties of this plugin which you can enable or disable in the Plugin Manager.  Below is how you would access these options and change the Editor selected to ‘Extended’:

  • Click on ‘Extensions‘, ‘Plug-in Manager
  • Click and edit ‘Editor – TinyMCE’
  • Under ‘Basic Options’, set the following value:
      • Functionality = Extended
  • Click on ‘Save & Close’

3.  Create a New Article in Article Manager

You can test out your new editor when creating a new article or even when creating a new category.  The new editor should be visible once you refresh your screen.  If you were already in the window of creating an article, you will need to relaunch that window to see revised editor.

  • Click on ‘Content’, ‘Article Manager‘, ‘Add New Article’
  • Click on ‘Content’, ‘Category Manager‘, ‘Add New Category’

The new editor will be available for existing articles and categories as well.

Thanks!

Elaine

2 comments
  1. Brian

    Hi Elaine, Thanks for a great informative site, not shure you can help. I’m using Beez20 template in a J1.7.2
    installation and i see from your beez20 image that the top menu is just under the search box and above the logo graphic which is where i would like it. On my site that I am just developing it has dropped down on top of the logo graphic see www. hnssystems .co.uk any idea how i can get it back?

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