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Disable Automatic Formatting

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Add to functions.php file

remove_filter('the_content', 'wptexturize');
remove_filter('the_excerpt', 'wptexturize');
remove_filter('comment_text', 'wptexturize');
remove_filter('the_title', 'wptexturize');

the wptexturize function is responsible for lots of automatic alterations to text stored in WordPress like automatic elipses (...), em and en dashes, typographers quotes, etc.


  1. Scott Rod
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    Is there a solution for just removing paragraph tags wrapped around images?
    Regardless, if you’re a developer or writer, those automatically generated paragraphs wrapped around images tend to break a layout and add unnecessary markup.
    Personally, I’ve had to wrap images inside divs, but that still defeats the purpose of excess markup. Plus, the average writer using the visual editing mode is not going to understand how to wrap images inside divs without specific instructions.

  2. Matt Dunlap

    I know this is a little late, but to remove the auto paragraphs, replace wptexturize with wpautop in the above code snippet

  3. Toni
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    Hi guys,

    I know THIS post is a bit late, but I just wanted to say this technique doesn’t seem to work for me in WordPress 3.

    Do you have any suggestions? Ideas?


  4. KF
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    How can I do the same thing for a custom field?
    I have:

    get_post_meta($post->ID, ‘gallery’, $single = true));

  5. zzap
    Permalink to comment#

    This one works great with cleaning up nested shortcodes, on latest WordPress version (3.4.1 at the moment):

    Stack Overflow

  6. Guest
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    I put – remove_filter(‘the_content’, ‘wpautop’); – in my theme’s functions.php file, but nothing happened. It’s still automatically adding paragraphs. I’m using WordPress 3.5.1. Please advise. Thanks!

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