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Add placeholder text to TinyMCE

Ben Long

May 4th, 2020

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Ben Long


How-tos & Tutorials



Sometimes, as part of your form designs, you'll want to include placeholder text to assist your users.

Placeholder text is usually used on forms as a prompt:

Placeholder text reading

Or to show an example of the expected input:

Placeholder text reading

TinyMCE is used in online apps and forms to provide a rich text editing experience. It’s highly flexible, so developers can configure it to achieve their desired UX. This includes having the ability to add placeholder text when required. If you’re new to TinyMCE, find out more information about our rich text editor.

The placeholder option

With the release of TinyMCE 5.2, you can now provide placeholder text within the editor.

TinyMCE configured with placeholder text.

To add placeholder text, add the placeholder option to the TinyMCE initialization script along with the text you want to display. For example:

  selector: "textarea",
  placeholder: "Ask a question or post an update...",
  menubar: false,
  skin: "outside",
  toolbar_location: "bottom",

See the demo

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What next?

While we’re on the topic of customization, check out these blog posts for more information on customizing TinyMCE to enhance the overall UX of your apps:

Not yet using TinyMCE on the cloud? When you’re on the cloud, you’ll always be up to date with the latest build and newest features. Get a free API Key and try it out (you’ll also get a free trial of our premium plugins!)

byBen Long

Computer scientist, storyteller, teacher, and an advocate of TinyMCE. Reminisces about programming on the MicroBee. Writes picture books for kids. Also the wearer of rad shoes. “Science isn’t finished until you share the story.”

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