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Disable Syntax Highlighting in WordPress 2.8

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I was initially excited about the CodePress syntax highlighting in WordPress 2.8, although after actually using it recently, I changed my mind. While just the syntax highlighting alone is not a problem, the way it completes quotes, and auto indents makes it somewhat annoying to say the least.

I asked on Twitter, and found a thread on the support forums, but unfortunately couldn’t find a solution on either. It turns out the solution was actually a lot simpler than I thought. Watch this quick video to see how to disable it:

As a quick outline, here’s what you have to do:

  • Login to your WordPress 2.8 admin panel
  • Navigate to either the theme or plugin editor (doesn’t matter which)
  • Click the “Screen Options” tab located in the top right corner
  • Then click the “Disable syntax highlighting” link

To enable it again, follow the same steps and click the “Enable syntax highlighting’ link instead. Another method of disabling/enabling is to append ?codepress=off or ?codepress=on to the end of the Theme Editor URL.

Hat tip to Eric Sizemore (as mentioned in the video) for pointing this out to me.


Leland Fiegel was the original founder of ThemeLab. He is a web developer who loves WordPress and blogging.