How to Add a New Joomla WYSIWYG Editor

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It is no secret that the editor you first see when using Joomla isn't very powerful. It looks like this:

How to Add a New Joomla WYSIWYG Editor

In this tutorial we'll show you how to install an editor with improved features. It's called JCE (Joomla Content Editor). You can see there's at least 25% more options, and when you use them, you'll see they're much better:

How to Add a New Joomla WYSIWYG Editor

  • Step 1: Go to You won't need a subscription for anything we're recommending.
  • Step 2: Go to Downloads >> Editor >> Joomla! 1.5x
  • Step 3: Find the file that has the label "Single installation package for Joomla! 1.5.x". At the time of writing this is ""
  • Step 4: Download this file to your desktop.
  • Step 5: In the administration area of your Joomla site, go to Extensions >> Install / Uninstall and upload the file.
  • Step 6: Go to Site >> Global Configuration and choose JCE in the field "Default WYSIWYG Editor".
  • Step 7: Now when you go to an article, you'll see the new, improved editor.

What Are the Big Improvements I'll See?

  • Improved image control. Click the picture of a tree (third from right on bottom row)
  • Easier linking. Select some text and click the chain link (fifth from right on second row)
  • Pasting from Word. Clean up that ugly text using the W button (middle of second row)

JCE Installation Video Tutorial

About the author

Rod holds two masters degrees and has been training people how to do "things" for over 25 years. Originally from Australia, he grew up in Canada and now resides just outside Cincinnati, Ohio.