What’s on the WordPress Kitchen Sink?

Many of you may be wondering “Whats the WordPress Kitchen Sink??” But after I tell you, don’t be too disappointed if you already knew what it was.  The Kitchen Sink is located on the Visual editor for Posts/Pages. This is a picture locating where the "Kitchen Sink" is.

Now, upon clicking this icon, it will bring up more options to edit your Post/Page.This is a picture showing what is all on the Kitchen Sink.

Now, do not stress over the many options that you see in front of you. I will be your guide and walk you through what each new option does.


The very first new option you have to choose from is the Format button; well its more of a drop-down menu. It should say the word “Paragraph” by default.  Usually when writing a new Post/Page, you write with “Paragraph”.  It is what I am using to type this post. It is usually the standard for writing.

The next option in this drop-down is Address. Clicking this will make the whole paragraph into an address format (see below).

1234 SW Street Name
City, State zip code

The next option is Preformatted. This will make your whole paragraph into a preformatted text (see below).

This is text that has been Preformatted.

Next you will see Heading options:

  • This is Heading 1
  • This is Heading 2

  • This is Heading 3

  • This is Heading 4

  • This is Heading 5
  • This is Heading 6

As you can see the bigger the number, the smaller the text size; but, if you are using a different theme, it could be something different.


The next button is Underline. It looks like U, and its pretty simple; it underlines your words. Be aware that, when you underline something, people usually think its a link; be aware of that when using this.

Align Full

The next button will align your text to full. This is also known as your text align: justify, which means it gives your words a little space between each other.

This is some text that is aligned.

This is some text that is not aligned.

Select Text  Color

The next button looks like a huge “A” with a bold underline.  This is called the Select Text Color button. You can highlight some text and change the color of it.

This is some text.

This is some more text.

There is also an option to pick “more colors”. There you can pick your own color from the color Picker, Palette, or Named.   You can type in your own hex color at the bottom if you know hex colors.  The Picker lets you click and pick your own color from the image given.

This is a picture of the pop-up for the select color text button.

The next tab is called Palette, which gives you a grid to pick from. It also tells you the hex color of the color you pick.

This is a picture of the Palette color picker.

The last tab is Named. There you can pick from a smaller grid of colors where the names are given to you.This is a picture of the Named color picker.

Paste as Plain Text

The next button looks like a little clipboard with the letter “T” on it. Clicking this will pop up a window for you to paste any text you have copied to your clipboard and add it without any format. This is a picture showing the pop-up window for the paste as plain text button on the kitchen sink.

Paste from Word

This next button looks almost the same as the last one except this one has the letter “W” on it. Again, clicking it will pop up a window for you to paste your text that you have typed from the application Word.This is a picture showing the pop-up window for the paste from word button on the kitchen sink.

Removing Formatting

Remove Formatting does exactly what it says; it removes the format if you have some unnecessary formatting (which you can check in the Text editor).

Insert Custom Character

The button next to the eraser is called the Insert Custom Character. This will pop up a window of custom characters to pick from that you can not type on your keyboard.

This is a picture of custom symbols you can pick from in the kitchen sink.

On the right hand side you will also see a bigger picture of the icon, the name, some HTML-code and NUM-code. The last two are for using the Text editor.


The next button is probably gray, meaning you can’t use this option right now. This is because you can only do this if you indent something too many times.


The next button is to indent your paragraphs. Now couldn’t you just use the tab key to indent? That’s what I do in Word. Nope, you can’t do that in WordPress’s Visual editor. That is why there is an Indent button.

This text has been indented.


The Undo button will undo the last thing you just wrote or, if you deleted something by accident, just press the Undo button.


The Redo button is similar to the Undo button. If you undo something by accident, just press the Redo button and it comes back.


The Help button is to assist you if you need more help.  It gives you the basics of the Visual and Text editor. It also gives you Advanced Help for thing such as images and attachments and adding HTML.  It tells you Hotkeys as well. Hotkeys are shortcuts; for example, the hotkey for Copy is CTRL + C, and for Paste it is CTRL + V. The last tab in the Help button is About, which just tells you a little about TinyMCE.

This is a image of the pop-up of the help button.

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