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Setup inline editing mode

Understand the difference between traditional forms-based editing and advanced inline editing.

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TinyMCE has three main integration modes: a classic full editor mode, an inline editing mode, and a distraction-free mode.

Note: This option is not supported on mobile devices.

The inline editing mode is used for merging the editing and reading views of the page for a seamless editing experience and true WYSIWYG behavior.

Inline editing mode does not replace the selected element with an iframe, but instead edits the element’s content in-place. Inline editors are designed:

  • To be “hidden” until the editable content is selected,
  • To use the CSS stylesheet of the page where it initializes, and
  • To have minimal UI around the content area to minimize the area occupied by the editor.

Enabling inline editing mode

Inline mode only works on content within a block element (such as: div or h1). To enable inline mode, set the inline option to true. For example:

<!DOCTYPE html>
  <script src="" referrerpolicy="origin"></script>
  <script type="text/javascript">
    selector: '#myeditablediv',
    inline: true

  <h1>TinyMCE Inline Editing Mode Guide</h1>
  <form method="post">
    <div id="myeditablediv">Click here to edit!</div>

The following demonstration is using four TinyMCE editors in inline mode, two for the headings, and two for the body text.

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For information on inline mode and the inline setting, see: User interface options - inline.

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