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October 1, 2013 | By Dee Ann Rice

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We all use WordPress on a regular basis. I actually write my posts in WordPress but I know that other people will use other programs like Windows Live Writer to write their posts.

It does not really matter what you use to write your posts at some point along the way you will have to use the WordPress Text Editor to complete your post and get it ready to post.

There are two parts to the WordPress Text Editor, the Visual part and the Text part.

 

 

Visual Editor

You are probably more familiar with the Visual Editor.

Text Editor

The tool bar in the text editor is very plain compared to the visual editor. I always assumed that this tool bar did all of the same things that the one in the visual editor but I didn’t have any idea what each button did. I always just avoided this tool bar. I would use the text edit from time to time to go in and modify some of the html but that was really it.

The fist few of these are pretty self explanatory and we are used to using them on the Visual Toolbar so I am not going to do much explanation.

Like in the Visual Toolbar you will highlight the text you want to apply the change to and then click on the button you want to use.

Bold

Use this button to make your text bold

Italic

This is used to make your text italics.

Hyperlink

This is used to insert a live link into your post.

Blockquote

Use this button to put a part of the text in your post in quotes.

Delete

When editing a post this can be used to mark up the original indicating to someone else or yourself that a particular text needs to be deleted.

Insert

Use this when editing to insert text.

Image

This alows you to insert an image.

Lists

These all have to do with inserting lists into a post. The “ul” indicates an unordered list, “ol” is for an ordered list and “li” is used to indicated a list.

Here is what it looks like in the Text Editor.

Here is the Visual Editor.

Code

Use this the code button if you are including some code in your post. When you highlight the text that consists of the code and click code, your text will look like code from a code editor page.

Post Excerpt

I think this is the neatesst thing on the toolbar.

If you want to only have excerpts of posts on your blog’s homepage this is the tool. Pick where you want the except to end and put your cursor there. Then click on “more” and it will mark the end of the except.

Now when you publish your post and go to the homepage you will see an except of your post instead of the entire post.

Just a note thought. Your theme needs to configured adequately to enable the “more” button to work. I am using the Thesis Theme (this is an affiliate link) and it is compatible with the “more” button.

In this image you will see the code WordPress puts in your post when you click on the “more” button.

In this image you see a bar where the excerpt will end. Only the text above the bar will be on your homepage.

Close Tags

This button is used when you are coding in html. If you put in the beginning tags and then click on this button it will automatically put in the ending tags.

This is in the Text Editor before the “close tags” button is pushed.

Here is what the code looks like after the “close tags” button is pushed.

This is the view in the Visual Editor.

Full Screen

Use this to put your text editor into a full screen.

Until a couple of weeks ago I had no idea how to use some of these tools in the Text Editor Toolbar.

Some of these tools I will probably never use as I can do the same thing in the Visual Editor and I find that much more user friendly.

There are a couple I will be using though. The main one is the “more” tool. I like being able to pick where I want my excerpt to end and I can get rid of a plugin.

Do You Use The WordPress Text Editor?

Do you ever use the Text Editor? Did you know what all of these buttons were for?

Maybe you use another program for the majority of your editing. If so, what program do you use?

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about editing your post. I would love to hear from you.

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1 Adrienne
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October 1, 2013 at 9:19 am

Hey Dee Ann,

You know I have a feeling a lot of people don’t know what everything is or even does for that matter. I know when I started using WordPress I sure didn’t but I just played around with it and was hitting everything just to figure it all out. lol…

I do use them both. Of course the visual I use more then anything but then I do place code in my posts. Like the photo of me that I include at the bottom of each post along with my signature and blurb are all code. When pasting videos in I also use the code for that, just so use to doing them the old fashioned way.

I do write my posts in Windows Live Writer though because just in case I wanted to have a copy of my posts someplace else. I use to write them only in WordPress though. I mean why not right! I heard transferring them from Word messed things up.

Thanks for sharing this and you did a great job explaining what all of this is. Thank you for that.

~Adrienne
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2 Dee Ann Rice
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October 1, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Adrienne,

I just always assumed the buttons in the text editor did the same thing as the buttons in the visual editor so I never messed with them. It was easier to use the visual editor if I wanted to push buttons.

I did use the text editor but I just used it to put code in or alter code. If I put code in I would just manually code it and not use any buttons. I was amazed to find there were buttons in the text editor that actually did something other than make coding easier.

I love the more button.

I am glad that you think it is easy to read. That post was really a pain to write. Nothing seemed to go where it was supposed to and I ended up coding alot of it by hand in the text editor.

I have been using Windows Live Writer some and like the different thing that can be done in there. I really like being able to alter the text size and font.

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.

Dee Annn
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3 Harleena Singh
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October 1, 2013 at 9:56 am

Hi Dee Ann,

That was indeed a great tutorial about Text Editor :)

Honestly speaking, I knew all of these from before, but I never use this editor version and always prefer the visual one, just like you, because it’s so much easier to do so. I just get SO lost when I see those codes or other funny symbols and it would take me ages to learn about the finer details there.

Yes, the more option is inbuilt on my theme, so I don’t have to worry much about that. What I normally do is always write in MS Word – always love that and use nothing else. I edit there as well and the final version is what I copy and paste on to WordPress, and the final edits are done there before I publish it.

I know many bloggers and writers use various other software and such things, but I prefer keeping it plain and simple, and it’s worked well for me so far. I think if your editing is over on Word – a major of your work is through, there after the copy paste option takes care of removing the codes and other details, so that your content is ready to publish.

But I’m sure those who like to work pretty fast, do use the Editor and they are good with codes too I think. I guess it’s a matter of getting used to it, isn’t it?

Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead :)
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4 Dee Ann Rice
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October 1, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Harleena,

I think it is personal preference as to where we write our post. I have always written my post in WordPress but I am considering moving to Windows Live Writer as it has features that WordPress does not.

Typically if I write html I do it from scratch so I never looked at the buttons and really never saw them as valuable. Then one day I started looking at them and found there were some that were of value to me.

My theme does not do the more so that is a great tool for me.

Thanks for your thoughts and thanks for stopping by.

Dee Ann
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5 Jeevan Jacob John October 1, 2013 at 1:20 pm

I have used WP editor, but most of my blogging years was on other text editors (Blogger, Word, Live writer and my favorite, Ommwriter. I was searching for a good third party writing utility, and I came upon Zenwriter (I no longer use it since it is not free).

Ommwriter is a freeware app for writers (I highly recommend it). It comes with in-built music, wallpapers and noise effects like keyboard strokes etc. The tool is very useful for mimicking a pristine environment within our mind – helps to get inspired 😀

I haven’t used text editor that much, I am a visual editor guy, like many others. I am familiar with most of the buttons, thanks to my experience with Blogger!

Anyways, I do appreciate the summary on WP text editor :) Thanks Dee! Hope your week is going great.

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6 Dee Ann Rice
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October 1, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Jeevan,

I will have to take a look at Ommwriter. I have always written my posts in the visual wordpress editor but am always open to other ways of doing things that may be easier or offer wider options.

I like the visual also and if I am going to do html I typically write it myself without the help of buttons that finish my code. When I finally got to looking at the buttons provided I was amazed at what some of them do and found that they were useful.

Thanks for the information and for stopping by. Have a great day.

Dee Ann
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7 Pramod October 1, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Hi Dee Ann !
This is an excellent explanation of the WordPress text editor. I didn’t know that close tags were used can be used to edit and write our own code . Thanks for sharing the information .

-Pramod

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8 Dee Ann Rice
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October 14, 2013 at 10:22 am

Pramod,

I had no idea any of this stuff was in the text editor. I was so amazed when I finally took a close look at it.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your comment.

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9 Rajesh October 1, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Very nice guide for beginners, thanks a lot Dee Ann for sharing this, I’ve disabled Visual editor because I like to work in plain editor where I can write a code.

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10 Steve Costello October 2, 2013 at 5:53 am

I have used both the visual and text Wordpress editors, but I now mostly use NoteTab Light (a free Notepad replacement) and paste into the Wordpress text editor.

I do everything in plain text, and use the “HTML-ar” library to add the code.

This works better for me, because I end up with a local copy of the post, and I have some templates set up in NoteTab Light.

If you are interested in checking out NoteTab Light, just search for “NoteTab light. It should be one of the first results.

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11 Dee Ann Rice
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October 14, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Steve,

I will check out NoteTab light. I have recently been using Windows Live Writer but have in the past always written my post right in wordpress.

I do think it is a good idea to have a copy of the post stored on a local computer.

Thank you for the information on how you write your posts. I always find it interesting to find out how others do things. Thanks also for the info about the Note Tab Light.

Thanks for stopping by.

Dee Ann
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12 Liz McGee
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October 3, 2013 at 10:57 am

Hi Dee Ann,

I use the Tiny MCE Advanced, but you helped me realize something. For the longest time I’ve been looking for a block quote on my editor and the Tiny MCE doesn’t have it, however it’s in the text edit as b-quote.

Sometimes it’s really easy to miss the small stuff, LOL!

Thanks,
Liz
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13 Dee Ann Rice
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October 14, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Liz,

You are right. I think it is all of the small stuff that we just miss and could be using.

I have used the Tiny MCE plugin in the past but deleted the plugin when I was trying to make my blog load faster. I do like that plug in though. It really makes the visual editor in wordpress much more functional.

I think that is why I have recently enjoyed using Windows Live Writer. It is much more functional that the basic wordpress editor.

Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

Dee Ann
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14 Silviu October 5, 2013 at 2:58 am

Hi Dee Ann,

I like the post. You have understood a great teaching principle. When you want to teach people something you need to divide the whole sequence in small section and present all of them, in small chunks, step by step so as people can see how the pieces fit together and without gaps.
You seem to have talent in explaining things in a short, simple and intuitive way. Go on with this line. It can take you far, very far.

Have a wonderful day
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15 Dee Ann Rice
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October 14, 2013 at 10:18 am

Silviu,

Thank you for the compliment on how I teach. I appreciate it.

I have spent 22 years home shcooling 5 children so I have become pretty good at explaining thing. I am glad what I learned home schooling is of some use.

Thank you for stopping by and for your thoughts.

Dee Ann

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16 maxwell ivey October 5, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Hi Dee Ann; This is a solid explanation of the word press text editor. I was wanting to ask you about a problem I have noticed only recently. Being a blind computer user and the owner of a mac, I write and upload my posts using mars edit. However, when I am creating pages I prefer to use the website. I generally do a copy and paste into the text editor area. This seams to work just fine. My problem is with youtube. For years now I have copied the embed code from youtube to put a video on my site. This always worked without fail. But for some reason now when i do this people get the html code not the link. I don’t know what is causing it. It could be word press, youtube, or me. smile I have had to just put a direct link to the video in the page. I prefer not to do this because quite often the videos aren’t mine and adding a direct link means sending people away from the site not knowing if they will come back. would appreciate any ideas you might have about this problem. Thanks and take care, max
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17 Carolyn October 9, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Hi Maxwell, Try clicking on the Share button below the video on YouTube and copying the link that appears below it. Sometimes that link works better to embed a video in WordPress than the URL in the address bar does.
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18 maxwell ivey October 9, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Hello; I first click the share button, and then I click the embed button. Then I choose the video size and it gives me a section of html code using the object phrase. I copy and paste this into the text edit section of a new page. And this used to result in a page with a link to start the video. but now it shows the code instead to most visitors. Hope you can help. Thanks, max

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19 Dee Ann Rice
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October 14, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Maxwell,

I am so sorry I have not answered your comment sooner. I have just not had time to get everything done.

I would have to agree with Carolyn. Try the link that is provided when you click on the share button under the video on YouTube.

I also have to put the link in a couple of times before I can get it to work. I have found YouTube videos to be finiky.

I hope you are able to get your vidoes to work.

Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

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20 Sue Price
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October 6, 2013 at 12:51 am

Hi Dee Ann

I am so happy you wrote this post for just one of the features.

As you would have heard me say I am not a tech person at all. I use the visual almost totally unless I embed a video. I also have a signature and links I have copied in text and I drop that into there as then I have the rel=”nofollow” saved. Adrienne taught me that :-)

But why I am in love with you for writing this post is blockquotes. I did not know that was in the text editor. I have been doing it a very long way and just tried it when I was half way through reading your post and it works :-)

You know Dee Ann there are so many little things that many of us do not know. I only recently worked out how to get space around my images. :-)

Thanks for writing this post and I am bookmarking it.

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21 Dee Ann Rice
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October 14, 2013 at 7:43 am

Sue,

I have always used the visual editor also with a few exceptions and when I realized what was in the test editor I was excited.

I had always figured that the text editor was the same as the visual editor except just in text. I was really wrong. All of this time I had just ignored the text editor when I could have been using it.

The little things we just ignor and do not know about are sometimes really helpful.

Thanks for your comment and for stopping by.

Dee Ann
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22 Pst Bless October 6, 2013 at 3:25 am

I as a person do not know much about WP so i cannot say much on this post.

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23 Dee Ann Rice
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October 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Pst Bless,

Thank you for your comment even if you can not say much.

What do you use for your blog? I think I remember you are using Blogger but I may be wrong.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day.

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24 Leora
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October 6, 2013 at 4:33 am

I mostly use the text editor; I prefer it over the visual editor. Ever so often a plugin developer will put a button on the visual editor and not on the text editor – now that is annoying.

I’ve been using the text editor for years, but I’ve never used close tags. Thank you for explaining that one. In general, your post explains the text editor well!
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25 Dee Ann Rice
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October 14, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Leora,

You are the only person I know who uses the text editor to write their post. You must be good with html.

I will go to the text editor for things I need to fix or I want a certian way but I don’t use it to write my entire post.

Glad you know know about the close tags. That may be helpful to you.

Thanks for stopping by and for your thoughts.

Dee Ann
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26 Donna Merrill October 6, 2013 at 11:39 am

Hi Dee Ann!

What a great step by step process you have shared on Wordpress Text Editor! I am so very proud of myself to say I understand it all !!!!! Well you know me..the teckless techie, but I’ve been using Wordpress for 3 years now so I did find my way around and was able to even master that html! That is saying a lot coming from me lol!

Thanks for such a great way to explain this all.

-Donna

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27 Dee Ann Rice
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October 14, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Donna,

I think that is great that you understand all of this. I didnot understand much before I started looking into it and then I was amazed at what was there.

I am glad you were able to understand my explanation.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

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28 Tim Bonner
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October 6, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Hi Dee Ann

I’ve tried quite a few different things when it comes to writing my blog posts.

I used to use Windows Live Writer quite a bit. I now just do all of my writing in WordPress itself. If it isn’t broken then don’t try and fix it, right?

I tend to use the visual editor more than the text one but if I need to tweak anything then I’ll switch to the text editor.

I find sometimes that WordPress gets rid of any script I’ve added when I switch from the text editor though so sometimes I’ll just use the text editor for that and not switch back.
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29 Dee Ann Rice
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October 14, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Tim,

I have always written all of my posts in the visual editor and then switched to the text editor when I needed to .

I also find that Wordpress will strip everything I put in when I switch back to the visual editor. I really hate that. I do the same thing as you do though I just do not switch back.

Thanks for your comment and for stopping by.

Dee Ann
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30 Reginald October 7, 2013 at 3:19 am

Hey Dee Ann,

Well said! I got to admit I don’t use all of those features but recently, I tried the full screen mode. That is weird but very good to avoid any distractions.

The rest like sizes, colours and fonts are pretty common for me though. These are some which I have always been using. Kinda epic right?

Excellent write up and thanks for sharing! Scheduled on Buffer 😀

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31 Dee Ann Rice
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October 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Reginald,

I thought that the full screen mode was weird also. I didnot like that at all.

Sounds like what you are using is working for you which is great.

Thanks for stopping by.

Dee Ann
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32 Carolyn October 9, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Wow, Dee Ann, what a great tutorial on the WordPress editing tools! I switch back and forth between visual and text editors. I used to use WordPerfect back in the day and loved being able to see the codes. I still wish I could do that on Word!

I write in WordPress to avoid conflicts with formatting, but I hadn’t explored the text editor buttons very well.

I thought that More was for a page break. Do you know how to format a blog post to open in multiple pages? Sometimes with long blog posts that seems to be the best method of formatting them.
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33 Dee Ann Rice
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October 14, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Carolyn,

I have until recently written all of my post in wordpress. I have only recently started using Windows Live Writer.

I do not know how to format a post to open in multiple pages. I have Thesis theme and it does that for the posts on the first page. I can tell it where to create the page break and the stuff before the page break will be on the first page and the whole post will be on a later page.

I really do not know how to do anything else though.

Thank you for your comment and for stopping by.

Dee Ann
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34 Maddy October 16, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Hi Dee Ann Rice

it is the most descriptive post i found about the wordpress text editor. frankly i doesn’t know much about HTML but trying to learn it, so that i can make most from text editor.

but i must share about tinymce plugin that i found of wordpress.org. it is a great plugin and give you to access almost all the HTML tags via visual icons / buttons.
Thanks..!

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35 Dee Ann Rice
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November 15, 2013 at 11:54 am

Maddy,

I have used the tinymce plugin before and it does give you a lot more options in the wordpress editor. I am trying to reduce the number of plugins I have as they cause my blog to run slow so I took it off and am now just using the basic editor. If it works for you that is great.

Thank you for stopping by and for adding you thoughts they are always appreciated.

Dee Ann

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36 Dheeraj Jain November 9, 2013 at 4:38 am

Hello Dee Ann,
This is really a nice article. I use this tool and it is very user friendly and easy to understand. I recommend this editor to all the bloggers.
I appreciate your work here, you have described the editor in a very nice way, I enjoyed reading your blog.

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37 Dee Ann Rice
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November 15, 2013 at 11:54 am

Dheeraj,

It is a good tool and very easy to use.

Thank you for your comment and glad you like my blog.

Thank you for stopping by.

Dee Ann

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38 munna December 5, 2014 at 6:03 am

Hello Dee Ann,
Nice and detailed post on wordpress text editor. I like this editor and this is my default text editor and I use it very often. After reading this post I have also come to know about some useful features which was unknown to me.

Thank you so much

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