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How to modify WYSIWYG editor in cloud-hosted Jira? Edited


This WYSIWYG editor:

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  1. Is it possible to modify the WYSIWYG buttons? Are they configurable?
  2. Is it possible to turn off WYSIWYG mode?
  3. Is there Markdown support for cloud-hosted users?
  4. Can I modify the keyboard shortcuts?

Thanks for reading.

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Hi Michael,

Thanks for reaching out to Atlassian Community.
1 - Is it possible to modify the WYSIWYG buttons? Are they configurable?
It's not possible to configure the buttons that appear on the editor.

2 - Is it possible to turn off WYSIWYG mode?
Currently, the new issue view has only this option, if you want to use the old editor, you can disable it by going to your Profile picture > Personal settings > Disable Jira Labs (note that it will not be disabled to Jira Core and Next-Gen projects).

3 - Is there Markdown support for cloud-hosted users?
Currently, markdown is only available for the new issue view, it includes next-gen and business projects. If the Jira Labs is enabled, it will also work for classic projects.

4 - Can I modify the keyboard shortcuts?
This option is also not available.

For the settings that are not available, please feel free to raise a feature request on adding more details about why this would be important for your environment.


Thanks for taking the time to reply and help, I really appreciate it!

Just an update here for 2.

This setting is now located in:

Profile picture > JIRA: Settings > find the "Labs" toggle.

Note also that (from what I've seen), this doesn't turn it off on next-gen projects. You're stuck with the WYSIWYG there and no obvious way to switch to the standard editor.

PLS, give me opportunity switch to SIMPLE MarkDown EVERYWHERE! Your WISYWIG does not work correctly! IT can't paste (and paste doesn't work at firefox) MD as normal text, 'Enter' button works randomly. It's really stupid idea to create yourself WISYWIG (and internet has TOO MAAAANY posts about "Why do not create yourself WISYWIG" and every weak junior (and very strong senior) MUST know it)


Try to use YouTrack when you wanna look "How do it correctly?"

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I would like also disable only Jira WISYWIG, I use Jira for many years, and don't like Jira WISYWIG.

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The WYSIWYG editor is just horrible... 

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@Angélica Luz, is this going to be a future feature since it is beneficial to the users?

+1 to what everyone is saying about the WYSIWYG editor.

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+100 or so on disabling the slow and cumbersome MS-Word style editor and ability to go back to markdown that is used by every developer out there.

what a steaming pile of brown substance this "better" redesign that enforces wysiwyg is.

Please make the WYSIWYG editor optional, it's just horrible to use.

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