How to set up the visual rich editor in wordpress

I often have to set up blogs or use Word Press as a CMS .  I have some preferential settings I like to use.   One of them is to have the buttons for text editing available like using BOLD Underlined Text or Italicizing text.

I started writing these tutorials so that I would have a quick reference to re-setting up a blog and configuring a new one for WordPress. WordPress is a great platform but little items like this can make it a bit frustrating to use at times. There should probably be a more user friendly way of ticking this setting on but no such luck. My research has turned this up:

There is a setting under users on the WordPress Control panel.   For version 2.9  it says:   Your Profile

I clicked it.  On the page a check box at the top by default  was ticked  that said  disable the rich text editor.    So I unchecked it and now all of the icons for rich text editing have reappeared.  

I spent way too much time looking for this setting.   I wont have to go far if I forget it the future.


I've started designing websites while at University of Houston during my first Photoshop 3.1 experience in 1996 on a Macintosh computer. I built my own computers (Windows PCs) with the help of a friend and have been digitally involved ever since. I am both Windows and PC literate but gravitate toward OSX. I've gradually gotten back to my roots as a tactile artist / designer by working more with traditional mediums like drawing, painting, and mixed media.

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