How to Update: Automatically create media_buttons for shortcode selection :

Adding this snippet to the functions.php of your WordPress theme will add a select menu with an automatically generated list of your shortcode (s).

  • 1.) You don’t need to add shortcode, the snippet will generate the list for you.
  • 2.) You will notice the comment “enter names of shortcode to exclude bellow” this will let you exclude any shortcodes you don’t want clients to see.
  • 3.) Fixed the pesky JavaScript issue that would only let you add shortcode when using the HTML editor.

function add_sc_select(){
global $shortcode_tags;
/* ------------------------------------- */
/* enter names of shortcode to exclude bellow */
/* ------------------------------------- */
$exclude = array("wp_caption", "embed");
echo '&nbsp;<select id="sc_select"><option>Shortcode</option>';
foreach ($shortcode_tags as $key => $val){
$shortcodes_list .= '<option value="['.$key.'][/'.$key.']">'.$key.'</option>';
echo $shortcodes_list;
echo '</select>';
add_action('admin_head', 'button_js');
function button_js() {
echo '<script type="text/javascript">
jQuery("#sc_select").change(function() {
send_to_editor(jQuery("#sc_select :selected").val());
return false;

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