How to do WYSIWYG editing on issue description


Maybe it was an older verrsion of Jira, but isn't there a way to enable WYSIWYG editing on issues (just like I can here on this Q&A)? I hit the edit icon and it allows me to edit text or markup but I'd like to have the enhanced wysiwg editor available.


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No, Jira's editor is pretty much plain text.

There are a couple of plugins that do something a lot more wysiwyg on text fields - have a look for tinymce jira (I think that might have stopped development though) and jeditor.

Here is the official reason. and also the feature request item: To everyone: vote for it! is kind handy meanwhile. Its free, very lightweight, not proprietary, does not introduce anything besides the nice menu for formatting 

How odd, I can't find the jeditor plugin from the Add-ons -> Find new add-ons screen


There is paid "Simple Edit" Add-On for JIRA Cloud

There are some major downsides to JEditor.  Update notification emails are not formatted - yes, this means a ton of HTML tags.

A second issue, just as bad, is that JEDitor only allows paste of images using IE.

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