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Rich Text Excerpts

A WordPress plugin which enables Rich Text editing in excerpts for any post type which supports them.

The Plugin uses the wp_editor function to generate a rich text editor for page/post excerpts, so will only work in WordPress 3.3 or greater.

The plugin utilises three action hooks:

  • add_meta_boxes is used to remove the excerpt meta box generated by WordPress, and add the new excerpt editor metabox.
  • edit_form_advanced and edit_page_form are used to add the excerpt editor to posts and pages when a metabox is not used.

Note: the new editing box can either be placed in a sortable, draggable box or in a static position on the editing screen. By default, the former is used, but if you experience problems, try switching to the static approach (using the plugin options page in the Settings menu). The issue with using TinyMCE in sortables is documented here:


The editing box for excerpts uses wp_editor to create a rich text editor. You can set the options for the rich text editor in the plugin options page (in the WordPress Settings menu).

The plugin also contains two filters which act on the "teeny" MCE editor instance which is used by default. The plugins and buttons used by the minimal editor can also be customised on the plugin options page.

Requires: 3.3 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.0.1
Last Updated: 2014-8-25
Active Installs: 7,000+


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