Since scouring the WordPress forum's about this I almost gave up with finding a cure. Simply, for 'apparently' no reason (and I use apparently loosely here) the Visual Editor would vanish. Now it seems there are several manifestation's of this.
One is the actual Visual Editor would actually vanish completely, leaving you with just the Code tab.
The other one, which I suffer from, would be that the actual Visual Editor menu options would disapear. So you still had the Visual Editor and Code tabs visible, but any way of actually selecting any of the (I will now use the abbreviation VE) VE options would be impossible, as there were not any to choose from.
Leaving for a very frustrating time.
Here are some of the WordPress Forum Cries for help:
Support › sudden disappear of visual editor
RSS feed for this topic. This topic is not resolved. Tags: plugin conflict. rich-editor ... find that ordinary editar appear still visual editor didn't appear ...
2 Support › Visual editor not functioning
This topic is not resolved. Tags: visual. code. editor. seoguru. Member ... The checkbox 'use the visual editor when writing' (in 'Your Profile') is checked. ...
3 Support › no visual editor when writing !
RSS feed for this topic. WordPress version: 2.3. This topic is not resolved. Tags: visual editor ... want to post a new article, I can't find the visual editor ! ...
4 Support › sudden disappear of visual editor
RSS feed for this topic. This topic is not resolved. Tags: plugin conflict. rich-editor ... box on the USERS--YOUR PROFILE page to select the visual editor. ...
5 Support › Visual Editor was gone???
I use version 2.3 and everything's fine but today I found that the Visual Editor was gone. ... See http://wordpress.org/support/topic/136938?replies=9 ...
6 Support › visual editor
This topic is not resolved. Tags: editor. visual. upgrade. update. dameonjamie. Member. hi. ... is that not all features are available in the visual editor ...
7 Support › Visual Editor Disappears...
Visual Editor Disappears... (1 post) Started 5 months ago by melanierod. RSS feed for this topic ... This topic is not resolved. Tags: visual. editor. Firefox ...
8 Support › Visual editor not working
Whenever I use the visual editor on one of my sites it seems as if the text doesn't register. ... http://wordpress.org/support/topic/102460?replies=8#post-506435 ...
9 Support › Visual Editor Problem
RSS feed for this topic. WordPress version: 2.3. This topic is not resolved. aoowais. Member ... But no visual editor appears in my "write" page. ...
10 Support › Visual Editor not working properly
This topic is not resolved. Tags: visual editor. btrute. Member. Basic editor works fine. When I update my profile to use the visual editor when writing I have ...
It's a very common issue, with many contributory factors. Some are just messed up experimental coding, breaking WordPress. I know, I was a prime example of this.
Others though, seem on the outside to be utterly random. I have seen people go to extreme lengths to remedy this issue, with no luck. There are some things you can do that some time's sorts the problem out, but ultimately, for the number of people, they are stuck without hope.
I don't have a miracle solution, but I do have a contributory cause in my particular experience, so it can be added to the one of many external factors.
Simple, it was the plug-in. Deactivate it, the VE would appear. Activate the Plug-in and the VE would disappear. Now I don't know why I didn't figure this out earlier. I thought I had de-installed all plug-ins as part of the elimination procedure, clearly not.
But this is a reproducible error and is not a fluke.
Hope this helps
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