The shortcut keys are still available (listed by the ? icon).
Justify = Shift + Alt + j
Underline = Ctrl + u
The somewhat ridiculous explanation for loss of the tools is at:-
I am quite sure they are trying to herd us into the new Editor as part of their move to all Application Programming Interface (API).
A forum topic about the New Editor (do pitch in) is at:-
If they would only replicate the original facilities then there wouldn’t be a problem. They don’t seem capable.
Meanwhile more and more blogs are being abandoned.
Update: Having examined 298 blogs of those following me or being followed by me since May 2014, 36% have ceased to function:-
2 % stopped functioning in 2014.
8 % stopped functioning in 2015.
16 % stopped functioning in 2016 (last post being before November) .
6 % have been deleted by authors or have no server.
2 % have no content.
2 % ceased to exist.
More About WP Changes ⇐.
The False Appearance of Success
Matt Mullenweg seems to be under the impression that the new User Interface and Editor have been a success. From his recent “State of the Word Address” ⇒.
“Matt gave some updates on Calypso’s adoption since it was released last year. He says that 68% of posts on WordPress.com are now written in Calypso. 17% of posts are written via a mobile device, and only 15% of users are using the WordPress admin. For reference, Calypso is the default method of publishing on WordPress.com now, so that includes the desktop website, desktop app, and mobile app”.
We need to tell him that it is a false impression based upon being herded into the new system by the removal of virtually all links to the old one. A move which seems to have precipitated an increasing number of abandoned and infrequently used blogs.
We also need to list all the new UI’s and Editors shortcomings. Including the low-speed for those who aren’t fortunate enough to have super-fast broadband and super-fast computers.
It seems, for business reasons which include the use of Rest-API ⇐, WordPress are determined to set aside what remains of the old system. They had better be persuaded to perfect the new one first. That will take many voices, so please add your comment to the forum and pass the news to others and, for the present, How to Access the Old System ⇐
The places to comment.
Where you can place a comment and, should you so wish, address a comment to Matt Mullenweg as @Matt:-
Comments about the WP Reader:-
This is my message to Matt Mullenweg on the “stats” thread of the forum:-
Message for @Matt via @supernovia
It is noticeable that there are an increasing number of blogs that are infrequently used and an increasing number being abandoned. Pushing Reader “Recommendations” at us, without an opt-out will only annoy customers more.
The idea that the new UI is successful (according your State of the Word address) is false one, brought about by the destruction of links and making all but one point away from the old UI. Many bloggers do not even know that it still exists. You have been fooling yourselves.
As an aside: You would make the UI/Editor/Reader less cramped if you employed slide-away or drop-down menus.
The new UI/Editor remains deficient of original function. There is lot of work to do before it will reach the original functional standard. You shouldn’t need us to tell you what’s missing. That is a ludicrous failure of perception and a disrespectful misuse of our time.
Unless one has super-fast broadband and a super-fast computer, which most people do not, especially in the farther regions of the world, then the new UI/Editor/Reader is horribly slow. Using more code to achieve less is a failure and no amount of contrived hyperbole or herding of customers can alter the reality. And, why on Earth is the “Reader” loading Olark.
If you are using OAuth 2.0, as it seems you are, you should bear in mind what the lead project author entirely disavowed that version.
I suggest that you give the project at least a semblance of genuine improvement, then beta test it and only then launch it. Do not destroy what works in favour of what does not. We are paying customers (and paying for No-Ads does count). We are not here for you to experiment on.
Here ⇒ are just some of the comments that you don’t see.
Further: There has been exclusion of adverse customer comment on the WP Blog and the Forum’s “Reader” thread. That is against WP’s apparent stance on censorship, a contravention of First Amendment Rights and fuels the argument for making WP a Regulated Public Utility under Congressional control. Perhaps it would be a good idea to see that it doesn’t happen again.
Have a nice day. 🙂
↓ Accessing the old system.
Many bloggers do not like the loss of the old Stats Page and the loss of Links to the older User Interface with its links to the older Editor, Post Lists etc.
Any logged in blogger can comment on the forum and it is well worth doing. Imagine how bad it would get if we just gave in.
Accessing the Old System ⇐ All the links to the Dashboard, an old Stats Page, Classic Editor, Page and Post Lists etc
WordPress Reader Changes⇐ including an alternative design and forum link and more.
WordPress Changes – Losing the Old Admin and Editor ⇐ Looking to the future and amending it.
Behind the Scenes ⇐ The new User Interface relies upon Rest-API (Application Programming Interface) and cannot work without it. The reason for API and the implications are found in “Behind the Scenes”.
You can stop the emails by:-
- Click on your Gravatar (personal image) at the top right.
- From the drop-down menu select Notifications.
- From the next page, at the top, select Updates.
- From next page uncheck Digests (Reading & writing digests, tailored for you).