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Jan Küster
Jan Küster

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I fixed the "Save draft" Button on - No Accidental Publishing Anymore 😇

Today I accidentally published an article AGAIN, because "publish" and "safe draft" are so close together.

I even opened a discussion, which got no responses so far (which I think existed somewhere else or I am the only one with this issue...).

Cover image by Francisco De Legarreta C. on Unsplash

How to fix it?

I use Greasemonkey and Tampermonkey, depending on the browser.
The fix script is rather simple:

  • observe the DOM using MutationObserver in
  • use body as observe target, in case the user navigates to the edit route from dashboard or preview route
  • "wait" until the editor-actions are added as childList to the article-form
  • if they're added, get the second button ("save draft" button) and update it's margin-left style

The script looks like the following:

// ==UserScript==
// @name save button space
// @version  1
// @grant    none
// ==/UserScript==
const BUTTON_STYLE = '200px'
const target = document.querySelector('body')

const callback = (mutationList, observer) => {
  for (const mutation of mutationList) {

    if (mutation.type === 'childList' && === 'article-form') {
      const actions = mutation.addedNodes[0]

      if (actions && === 'editor-actions') {
        Array.from(actions.children)[1].style.marginLeft = BUTTON_STYLE

// Create an observer instance linked to the callback function
const observer = new MutationObserver(callback)

// Start observing the target node for configured mutations
observer.observe(target, { attributes: true, childList: true, subtree: true })
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Feel free to comment or optimize in any way :-)

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