If you show/allow the default HTML formatting buttons for a custom field there is a red cross that allows you to add HTML formatting buttons.

Many of my users find this confusing and don't understand what is on offer or how to do it, so I'd like to be able to remove it.

Ideally I'd rather not have to hack a core file, but if that's the only way to do it which file contains the means?

  • What kind of field are you talking about? I can't replicate this "red cross" with either an XHTML Textarea with all options enabled, nor with a Rich Text field. Feb 20, 2013 at 13:39
  • @Derek check that "Display Rich Formatting Buttons" is set to "yes" in that Channel's Preferences. Could be why you don't see it. Or did you figure out a different way to hide it?
    – Alex Kendrick
    Feb 20, 2013 at 14:30
  • Learning something every day. Never saw those before. Using constrained versions of Wygwam, Redactee, Editor or NSM TinyMce (free) for all projects for so long. Feb 20, 2013 at 16:03
  • Alex has got it right.
    – Paul Frost
    Feb 20, 2013 at 18:12

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This red cross?

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As far as I can tell the only way to remove this without hacking the core is to use override.css or to add a CSS snippet to the control panel (use CP CSS & JS).

.markItUpHeader .btn_plus {
    display: none;

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