On Wednesday, Johan Jonk Stenström launched Fullscreen Mode B Gone to the WordPress plugin listing. Because the catchy title implies, it eliminates the block editor’s fullscreen mode.
As anybody who prefers to opt-out of fullscreen mode is aware of, there are moments whenever you log into WordPress and jump over to the put up editor solely to search out it’s not within the state you final left it. It’s a slight annoyance however sufficient to dampen the consumer expertise.
Almost two years in the past, Andrew Duthie opened a ticket for storing users’ editor preferences to the database as a substitute of their browser’s native storage. This contains primary settings like toggling whether or not fullscreen mode ought to be enabled. Native storage is just not thought-about sticky, at the least not completely. It may be cleared in quite a lot of methods. Which means that customers should cope with disabling the default fullscreen editor extra typically than they need to. Additionally it is not saved when switching browsers, utilizing non-public tabs, or when engaged on a number of websites throughout the identical community.
The final word aim ought to be to persistently save preferences on a per-user foundation. There was little motion on that ticket up to now 12 months. Most feedback have come within the type of closed duplicates.
Within the meantime, customers should search for different options. That’s the place plugins like Fullscreen Mode B Gone provide some help.
The plugin is easy. It toggles the block editor’s fullscreen mode off. No matter whether or not customers have switched browsers, cleared their native storage, or the rest, they’ll safely enter the editor with out being bombarded by a unique modifying expertise.
Each an upside and a draw back of the plugin is that it resets fullscreen mode every time the consumer opens the editor. It doesn’t handle the sticky situation. For customers like me preferring to at all times have fullscreen mode disabled or solely flip it on occasionally, that is perfect. Nevertheless, for customers who need WordPress to recollect the final state, it’s best to skip this plugin. The default expertise is healthier suited to what you want.
This isn’t Stenström’s first editor-related plugin. He has a plugin titled Fatso, which widens the content material canvas for customers preferring extra space when writing. Additionally, persevering with with the “B Gone” branding, he launched Welcome To the Block Editor B Gone per week in the past. Much like his present plugin, it disables the block editor welcome message completely.