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Find & Replace in WordPress Gutenberg Editor

Find & Replace in WordPress Gutenberg Editor

The find & replace function is undoubtebly a great function that let’s you quickly edit your texts.

Let’s say you wrote the word english without capitalizing the first letter throughout your text.

With the find & replace function, you can quickly find all the instances of “english” in your text and then just replace all of those instances with “English” with a capital E.

Very handy, indeed.

But how can you actually do that in the “New” WordPress Gutenberg Editor?


Where do I find the find & replace option in the WordPress Gutenberg editor?

The truth is that there is no such function in the new Gutenberg editor. To use this function, you would either need to revert back to the Classic Editor and install the plugin TinyMCE Advanced or you simply write your text in Word (or Google Docs) first, apply Find & Replace (also Search & Replace) and then copy & paste your text into WordPress.


Use the Classic Editor to get it done

Probably the best workaround to still make use of the find & replace function is to (re)install the Classic Editor.

To do so, simply go to “Plugins” and then “Add New” and search for “Classic Editor.”

Install the Classic Editor and then activate it.

Now, you will also need the plugin “TinyMCE Advanced.” Install that plugin & activate it as well.

Once done, when crafting a text, you will find the find & replace function in the top toolbar. Choose “Edit” from the toolbar and then select “Find & Replace.”

Find & Replace Function in the WordPress Classic Editor

Now, to toggle between the Classic Editor and the new Gutenberg Editor, there is one important thing that needs to be pointed out.

After you have installed the Classic Editor, from within the WordPress dashboard, you might need to go to “Settings” and then to “Writing.” There, make sure to set the default editor (either Classic Editor or Block Editor = Gutenberg).

Also, tick the option “Allow users to switch between editors.”

This configuration will make sure that you can easily toggle between the two editors while writing your texts.

When working in Gutenberg, just click on the three dots in the top right corner of your screen and then choose “Switch to Classic Editor.”

Switch From Gutenberg to Classic Editor

If you are working in the Classic Editor, on the right side of the screen, you can simply switch back to the Gutenberg Editor (see below).

Switch from Classic Editor to Gutenberg Editor