Fix the WordPress Editor Jumping Issue with this Solution

A problem I’ve had with WordPress for a while now is that often when I am writing or editing a long post, either the cursor will suddenly jump up or down; or the cursor might stay in the same place (or thereabouts) but the page scrolls down to the bottom of the WordPress post creation screen (down below revisions to the very bottom).

It’s particularly infuriating that it seems to happen most often on longer posts, as you then need to scroll back up and find where you were actually editing. I should also note that I still use the Classic Editor and am unsure if this problem exists with those of you who have started to use the new Gutenberg editor.

Anyway, after editing a particularly long post this morning and having to deal with this issue around 20 times (honestly – it was a long post) I decided to look around for a fix and found that several people had mentioned turning off the distraction-free functionality in the editor… and low and behold it works!

So, what it this setting and where can you find it?

Untick here to disable the distraction free editor and avoid cursor jumps

The full-height editor for WordPress looks just like you can see above and has been designed to be as “distraction free” as possible. It’s meant to allow you to focus on the content you are writing – not a bad thing of course, just not for me.

You can turn off the full-screen/distraction-free editor by scrolling up on your “Add a Post” page and hitting the “Screen Options” slidedown. Then simply untick the option “Enable full-height editor and distraction-free functionality” under “Additional settings”.

Your option change will be saved automatically and you shouldn’t have any further cursor or page jumping issues in your WordPress editor screen.

Categorized as Wordpress

By Sean Robinson

My name is Sean Robinson and I’ve been building and running my own blogs and websites since 2004, and have been doing it full-time for over a decade. If you'd like to know more about my story, please click here.


  1. Maybe I am alone on this one but I have always found it easier to just use a program on my computer to write and then just copy it over when I am ready to publish it. This way I avoid annoyances like this one and I have a saved file as back up ready to go.

  2. Wow, I didn’t think it would be that easy! I’ve been dealing with this problem for a while now and just learned to tolerate it. Distraction-free mode is nice but it’s not worth the trouble. I wonder if there is a plugin that can allow for distraction-free mode without the annoying jumps. If not, maybe I’ll just try the new block editor again.

  3. I haven’t wrote inside the WordPress editor for years. Not only because of this problem but also the saving mechanism doesn’t always work properly. I prefer to write my documents in LibreOffice Writer and then paste it over. Only issue with that is if the power goes out, I lose my document. It has happened once before!

  4. This issue bugs me to no end. I enjoy the full-screen editor a lot but this just makes it unusable. I think this bug only affects certain browsers, though. Chrome-based browsers seem to be affected but Firefox is not. Trouble is, I don’t like Firefox. The above suggestion to use Google Docs is a great idea.

  5. Thank you Sean, you saved my life cause i have this problem since months (or years), but didn’t knew where was the problem or the source of this strange issue.

    Also didn’t knew how to search for this problem, as i didn’t knew the exact keywords. I prefer using the old style of HTML or visual editor, but it was impossible to edit anything when you are into a long post and the screen jumps and you loose the point where you were located.

    I was going to change to Firefox but found your solution first. Thanks a lot.

  6. You can turn off the full-screen/distraction-free editor by scrolling up on your “Add a Post” page and hitting the “Screen Options” slidedown.
    I don’t see this anywhere.

  7. I really appreciate this post. I was getting so frustrated and then I learned so quickly from this tutorial. Thank you very much, Sean.

  8. Thank you so much for sharing this. Hopefully I will get around to saving this so I can use the trick to make my WordPress publishing life easier.

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