I am attempting to use the JCE editor in Joomla 3 but when I have it enabled under my system settings, non of the edit icons appear.

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I have tried this on Firefox, Chrome and Safari and nothing will have these edit icons appear. As you can imagine, it's quite frustrating trying to use JCE like this. Does anyone know of a solution OR a better editor?

  • Have you edited any core Joomla files or moved any CSS/fonts about?
    – Lodder
    Commented Apr 26, 2015 at 0:00
  • No, I have not.
    – Dana
    Commented Apr 26, 2015 at 0:43
  • Can you open your browser console (F12) and see if any errors occur? Might be a file missing
    – Lodder
    Commented Apr 26, 2015 at 0:44
  • I'll try but I don't think that's the case. I have redownloaded the editor several times and it all ends up the same
    – Dana
    Commented Apr 26, 2015 at 0:46
  • 1
    For bugs and other issues, there is a support forum at joomlacontenteditor.net.
    – FFrewin
    Commented Apr 12, 2017 at 18:57

2 Answers 2


Open developer tools on your browser (F12 on Chrome) and see if there are any 404 errors. Usually JCE loads buttons from one sprite located under.


The other possibility is some other style sheet on your site is overriding the buttons css. In your browser developer tools debug css of styles such as

.defaultSkin .mceIcon

and see what is the background property. It should be something like

.defaultSkin .mceIcon {
  background: url(../../img/icons.png) no-repeat 20px 20px;

I know this is an old thread but some of are still having this issue.

I found that it works if I do NOT use a secure connection, ie, "https" but just http.

I manage 2 sites on the same hosting site and there is no problem on one of them using either https or http so I must have a setting somewhere preventing the icons from showing in a secure connection.


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