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  1. Hey Carrie this looks promising. Hoping this makes writing more comfortable for our members.

    I’m having a wee bit of trouble getting this to work. I suspect its how I’m referencing the theme css file [].

    Do I use the entire path? If not, what portion. Thanks.

    • Hi Brad, you should be able to use the code snippet as is. get_stylesheet_uri() will pull in your theme’s stylesheet. Otherwise, if you wanted to do a special stylesheet, you could just name the file (not full path), assuming it’s in your theme’s root directory.


  2. Pretty cool stuff, Carrie. Thanks for the post.

    Just to clarify would this be added to the functions.php file in the framework directory? (My site uses Genesis.)

    Or, in the child-theme directory? (I’m using StudioPress’ sixteen-nine-pro theme.)

    My host provider, Synthesis, requires file edits via sFTP; the edit files option is removed from WP admin–so I wasn’t sure. Thanks again.

    • Hey Steve,
      It’ll be your child theme’s functions.php file. You don’t ever want to edit Genesis Framework files. πŸ™‚

      Glad to see you ’round these parts again.


      • Yeah, duh me.

        I just saw the warning in the framework’s function.php file: “WARNING: This file is part of the core Genesis Framework. DO NOT edit this file under any circumstances. Please do all modifications in the form of a child theme.”

        Works like a charm! (in only 2-minutes)

        Thanks, it’s good to be back.

  3. I added this code to my child theme’s functions.php file but, I’m not sure what’s different when I am using my Post editor? I work almost all of the time in the Text tab and seldom in the Visual tab.

  4. Carrie, just tried this (with Beautiful Pro Genesis child theme), and it looked like it was working great, but I noticed that unordered and ordered lists don’t show up as such anymore in the visual editor, though they do when published. Ideas/workarounds? I tested the other WSYISYG buttons and seems like everything else pretty much shows up okay. Could be a point of confusion to my students (am setting this up for them)…Thanks, Jim

    • Ah, I think that has to do with the margin/padding on lists (the bullets are offscreen to the left). In that instance, it’d be helpful to have an additional stylesheet that adds in extra styles just for the editor for cases like this.

  5. Yes, understood! But now we’re getting into >5 minutes ;-). Actually, what seems to happen across browsers in the visual editor is that all text is now disturbingly sent to the right side with a wide window, and the and markers disappear when all is sent to left side with a narrower visual editor window. I played a bit with adding e.g. a .wp-editor-container style to the stylesheet’s .entry-content specification (so that they’d be the same), but no luck…ideas welcome!…Jim

  6. Thanks Carrie. I really appreciate the guidance here.

    However, adding this code to my child theme’s functions.php file made no difference in my visual editor. and I have a fair amount of custom coding in my styles.css page.

    I am using the Dynamik Web Builder child theme for Genesis.

    Might this code for some reason not function in this instance?

    • You said you added the code to the child theme’s functions.php… if you entered that via the Dynamik functions window, you’ll need to make sure the “affect admin area” checkbox is selected. Otherwise, no functions dealing with the admin area are executed.

      If you’ve done that and you’re still not seeing the result, there may be some other style conflicts in your site.

  7. Hi,
    Great technique, but infortunately, I see no difference in the Editor.
    I use a child theme and all my css are located in custom.css and not in style.css. Is it the reason why I can’t see any difference ?


  8. Can I access 2 style.css files? My child theme has it’s own styles file with lots of useful code and then I have my custom styles file that overrides some of the standard css and adds additional code.

    Any way to have my visual editor reflect all my css styles?

  9. Just can’t get this to work.
    Nothing changes in TinyMCE.
    My main stylesheet is the default filename of style.css in my custom theme.
    But style.css’s contents are:
    @import url( ‘/bootstrap/dist/css/bootstrap.min.css’ );
    @import url( ‘custom.css’ );
    Is this valid?

      • What would be correct?
        The source HTML for a post-edit page doesn’t contain any link references to my style.css, custom.css or the bootstrap CSS file. The bootstrap file is referenced in an impossibly-long “tinyMCEPreInit” variables string somehow, but not

  10. I’m in the same boat as Robert Andrews. This simply doesn’t work. The add_action part works, but add_editor_style doesn’t work. I’m using WordPress 4.1.5.

  11. Hi Carrie,

    I love your wry effervescent energy and astute wordpress and freelancing insights! I find myself cracking up often as I read through your posts. I’m an official subscriber now. πŸ™‚

    I love the idea of this thing soooo much but I am unable to get The Five Minute Guide to Add Editor Style to work. Here’s what I did:
    – I replaced get_stylesheet_uri() in functions.php with edit-style.css (lives in the root of my child theme and contains one initial test style).
    – I upload the functions.php (also btw in root of my child theme) along with edit-style.css but when I go to the visual editor of any page or post on my site, I see no evidence of the new style. Just the same old styles (Heading 1-6, paragraph, preformatted).

    My theme is a child of Twenty Fifteen, and my WordPress version is 4.4.1.

    Would you possibly have any idea what the issue is?

    Thanks for any thoughts – I know you’re very busy.

    p.s. um – heh heh – please kindly overlook my pathetic archaic ancient website which I am updating in a couple weeks – i swear.

    • Hey Susan!
      Glad you’re finding helpful stuff on here (and giggling a little). πŸ™‚

      I hate to ask this question, but …. have you tried clearing your cache?

  12. Hello Carrie, Forgive me for vanishing for a couple weeks (I forgot to click “Notify me of new comments via email”)(I won’t this time). Yes, i cleared my cache and tried it two ways: with the function calling in my main stylesheet (get_stylesheet_uri()) and then with the function calling my custom ‘edit-style.css’ stylesheet that has just one style in it. But only the standard Visual Editor styles continue to show (paragraph, six header styles and preformatted). You explanation couldn’t be clearer – what on earth can I be doing wrong?


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