Switch Editor in Joomla 5

Joomla 5 offers a variety of text editors to cater to different user preferences and content creation needs. The default editor, which is set globally, determines the editing experience for all users. However, there may be instances where you prefer to use a different editor for specific tasks or projects. This guide will provide a comprehensive overview of the switch default editor in Joomla 5 using Global Configuration.

Understanding the Default Editor

The default editor in Joomla 5 is responsible for providing the visual interface for creating and editing content, such as articles, modules, and components. It offers various tools and functionalities to facilitate the writing and formatting process.

Joomla 5 comes with three pre-installed text editors:

TinyMCE: A widely popular and versatile editor known for its user-friendly interface and rich features. 

TinyMCE editor in Joomla
TinyMCE editor in Joomla

CodeMirror: A code-oriented editor that is particularly well-suited for users who prefer to work with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript directly. 

CodeMirror editor in Joomla
CodeMirror editor in Joomla

None: this is don't use any editor

How to Switch Editor in Joomla 5

The Global Configuration settings in Joomla 5 provide a centralized location to manage various site-wide configurations, including the default editor. To switch the default editor, follow these steps:

  1. Access the Joomla Administrator Dashboard: Begin by logging in to your Joomla Administrator dashboard using your administrative credentials.
  2. Navigate to System > Global Configuration: From the administrator dashboard, locate the System menu in the top navigation bar. Click on it to expand the menu and select Global Configuration.
  3. Locate the Default Editor Setting: Within the Global Configuration interface, scroll down to the Site tab. Under the Site tab, you will find the Default Editor setting.
  4. Choose Your Preferred Editor: Click on the drop-down menu next to the Default Editor setting. A list of available editors will appear. Select the editor that you prefer to use as your default editor.
  5. Save Changes: Once you have selected the desired editor, click on the Save button located at the top of the Global Configuration interface. This will apply the changes and make your chosen editor the default editor for all users.
Global Configuration
Global Configuration

Impact of Switch Editor in Joomla 5

Switching the default editor will affect the editing experience for all users who create or modify content on your Joomla site. The new default editor will be used whenever users open the editor to create or edit content.

If you have previously allowed users to select their preferred editor, their individual preferences will remain unaffected by this change. However, any new users added to the site will use the newly selected default editor.

Additional Considerations

  • Compatibility with Extensions: Ensure that the editor you choose is compatible with any third-party extensions or plugins that you may be using on your site. Some extensions may have specific requirements or preferences regarding the editor.
  • User Preferences: Consider the preferences of your users when selecting the default editor. If your users have varying levels of technical expertise, you may want to choose an editor that offers a balance of ease of use and advanced features.
  • Testing and Evaluation: After switching to the default editor, take some time to test the new editing experience and ensure that it meets your needs and expectations. If you encounter any issues, you can always revert back to the original default editor.


Switching the default editor in Joomla 5 is a straightforward process that can be accomplished through the Global Configuration settings. By carefully considering your site's requirements and user preferences, you can select the editor that best suits your needs. Remember to test the new editing experience and evaluate its effectiveness before fully committing to the change.