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The WYSIWYG module is one of the Drupal 7 modules that allows you to edit and create content with easy to use formatting. Instead of coding rich text formats such as bold or italics, you can use them at the click of a button. There are times, however, after adding and configuring these module types they do not work correctly, visiting the body editor for a content type shows no WYSIWYG buttons. If you have installed and configured your WYSIWYG or other rich text editor module and there are no buttons showing up in the editable area of your content types, you may need to follow the instructions below.

Getting a WYSIWYG module to work in Drupal 7

  1. Log into the Drupal 7 admin dashboard.
  2. Using the top menu bar, locate and click on the Configuration option.
  3. From this next page, you want to find and click the Performance option located under the Development category.
  4. From this next screen, scroll down the page to the Bandwidth Optimization category. You will see a checkbox labeled Aggregate JavaScript files. Be sure to check the box next to it and then click on the Save configuration button underneath
  5. Return to your content type editor and you should now see the WYSIWYG buttons in the body editor. For demonstration, we are using the Basic Pages content type. Below you can see how simply checking that option affects the editor.
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n/a Points
2014-12-09 10:37 am


I followed these directions, but am not getting the WYSIWYG.  Can you help?



11,186 Points
2014-12-09 10:46 am
If you have followed these instructions exactly as they are here and are still not seeing it, you may have a browser caching issue. Try clearing your browser cache.
n/a Points
2015-05-08 1:26 pm

Well this may work for some configuration issues related to the WYSIWIG module, you must first install the module ( you may also wish to install some other ones. But it will give you instructions of how to install the editor of your choice. CKEditor and FCKeditor require some external configuration (I think -- I always get the two confused.) TinyMCE is the one consistently recommended. CKEditor will be built into Drupal 8.

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