If you’re website is like most, you don’t care that much about converting emoticons like
:-P to graphics on display”. The Formatting section was removed in WordPress 4.3. New installs no longer have that set of options. In WordPress 4.3, that was removed, but if you knew how to get to the main WordPress Options page, by going to
http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin/options.php (replace yourdomain.com with your actual domain name), you could find the setting for “use_smilies” and change the value from 1 to 0. My recent testing with this in WordPress 4.6.1 appears not to work however.
So, what can be done?
Another Way For The Slightly More Brave
You might be saying to yourself, “I don’t want to use another Plugin”. With WordPress, there’s always more than one way to do anything, so here’s an alternative.
All you have to do is add a few lines into your theme’s functions.php file. As noted in the article WordPress Child Theme Basics – Why They Should Always Be Used, be sure that you’re not adding this to a them that gets updated directly or the functions file will be over-written and the code you added, will be gone without you having realized it.
// Remove Emoji's remove_action( 'wp_head', 'print_emoji_detection_script', 7 ); remove_action( 'admin_print_scripts', 'print_emoji_detection_script' ); remove_action( 'wp_print_styles', 'print_emoji_styles' ); remove_action( 'admin_print_styles', 'print_emoji_styles' );