Easier Writing and Editing in WordPress 3.9 (Have You Upgraded Yet?)

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WordPress 3.9, named “Smith”, came out mid-April … and if you’ve not upgraded yet, you definitely should.

This version has introduced some significant changes to the visual editor, making it easier than ever to write, edit and publish great-looking posts in WordPress.

Here’s a quick run-down of some of the new features that relate to the visual editor (for more features, see the official WordPress announcement).

You Can Paste in Text Directly From Word

I never had problems posting directly from Word previously, but I know some people struggled with messy styling. Now, you can simply paste straight into the visual editor (the “Paste from Word” button has gone).

You Can Crop and Rotate Images

Uploaded an image that’s not quite right? Rather than deleting it and starting over, you can make adjustments directly in WordPress. You can also drag-and-drop images straight into the visual editor, rather than having to open the uploading window first.

There Are Slightly Different Buttons in the Visual Editor

While version 3.8 changed the look and feel of all the buttons (now I’m used to it, I love it), this new version has changed what’s actually there.

This is the 3.8 version:

And this is the new 3.9 version:

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I really like the new “horizontal line” button — to the right of the blockquotes button — which saves me having to enter these as


in the HTML view.

As mentioned before, the Paste from Word button is gone (no longer needed), and it’s interesting to see that the “Distraction Free Writing” button is gone too.

So … have you upgraded yet? Do you have a favourite new feature? Let us know in the comments.

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