How To Use The WordPress Quick Edit Feature

Learn how to use the WordPress Quick Edit feature to edit information about your WordPress posts and pages.

Learn How To Use WPPosts and Pages in WordPress not only include content but also information and settings about the pages or posts themselves.

For example:

  • Page/Post Title
  • Slug (i.e. the words make up the post or page web address)
  • Date the post or page was published.
  • Author of the post or page
  • Page/Post Status (e.g. Draft, Published, etc.)
  • Page/Post Privacy Settings (e.g. Password-protected)
  • Post Categories and Tags
  • etc.

The Quick Edit function is an inline editor that lets you change a number of settings in WordPress Pages and Posts without having to open the post or page itself.

This tutorial explains how to use the WordPress inline editor (Quick Edit) to quickly edit Posts and Pages.

Important Info

For tutorials about editing and deleting posts and pages, go here:

How To Use The Inline Editor Function Of WordPress

Follow the step-by-step tutorials below to learn how to use the inline editor feature to edit your pages and posts.

Using The WordPress Inline Editor To Edit WordPress Posts

Log into your WordPress administration section and choose Posts > All Posts

Posts - All Posts

(WP Posts Menu – All Posts)

The Posts screen will appear, displaying all your posts …

Posts Table

(Posts Screen)

Find the post item you want to edit, then hover over the item’s title to display the options menu and click on Quick Edit

Click on 'Quick Edit'

(’Quick Edit’ link)

The Quick Edit inline editor expands and displays all your post editing options …

Inline Editor section

(Inline editor screen)

The  Quick Edit section allows you to change the following options on your post:

WordPress Post Options - Quick Edit

(WordPress Post Options – Quick Edit Screen)

Plus …

Quick Edit Screen - WordPress Post Settings

(Post Settings)

WordPress Post Settings

[1] Title – Use this option to replace your post title.

[2] Slug – Use this field to change your post slug. Important: When editing post URLs, make sure to include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate all with hyphens (e.g. “here-is-an-example-of-a-post-url”). For more information about the benefits of using post slugs in WordPress, go here: Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO

[3] Date – Edit the post date and time in this section. Note: Use this option to schedule posts to publish at a later date. For more information about using this setting to schedule posts in WordPress, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Schedule WordPress Posts

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple post authors, use the Author pull-down menu to assign another author to the select post. Note: If your site only has a single post author, this option will not be displayed. For more information about changing post authors, go here: WordPress User Roles – Authors

[5] Password -OR- Private – This section lets you password-protect your Post or make it private (hidden from visitors). For more information on this setting, see this step-by-step tutorial: WordPress Content Protection For Pages And Posts

[6] Cancel Button – Clicking the ‘Cancel’ button abandons your edit.

[7] Categories – This area lets you select a new post category. Note: You can add and change categories in this section, but you cannot delete a post category using Quick Edit. For a tutorial on adding, editing, and deleting post categories, go here: How To Set Up Categories

[8] Tags – Use this field to edit the tags of your post. Note: You can edit or add post tags, but you cannot delete a post tag using the inline editor. To learn about adding, editing, and deleting tags, see this step-by-step tutorial: Using Tags In Posts

[9] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Tick or untick the checkboxes in this area to allow/disallow comments and pings for your posts. For more information the use of comments on WordPress posts, go here: WordPress Setup – Discussion Settings

[10] Status – Use the drop-down menu to change the Status of your Post.

Inline editor - Post status options

(Status pulldown menu)

[11] Make this post sticky – Check/uncheck the boxes in this section to make posts ‘sticky’. For more information on this feature, see this step-by-step tutorial:

[12] Update Button – Clicking this button saves your edit and updates your post settings.

Click 'Update' after making changes to save your post settings

(Remember to click ‘Update’ after making changes to save your new post settings)

Bulk Editing Post Settings Using Quick Edit

In addition to making changes to individual posts, you can also bulk edit post settings using Quick Edit.

To bulk edit posts, select the check boxes next to the items you want to edit, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click click the ‘Apply’ button …

Bulk edit WP posts

(Table of Posts – Bulk edit WP posts)

The Bulk editor expands and displays several bulk post editing options …

Bulk editor screen

(Bulk editor – options)

Most of these options are the same as those listed in the regular Quick Edit screen with a few differences.

For example, depending on the theme you have installed, you may or may not see a field called Format. Use the drop-down menu to change the format of your post.

Bulk Editor - Post Formats

(Bulk Edit – Format Options)

For more information about WordPress post formats, go here:

You can also remove a specific post from Bulk Edit by clicking on the remove icon …

Remove from Bulk Edit

(Removing posts from the bulk editor)

Now that we’ve looked at using the inline editor with posts, let’s take a look at using the Quick Edit feature with WP pages.

Using The Inline Editor To Edit WordPress Pages

Since Posts differ from Pages (to learn more about the differences, go here), Quick Edit displays slightly different options when you’re working with Pages.

Log into your WordPress admin section and click on Pages > All Pages

Pages - All Pages

(Pages – All Pages)

browser, listing all the pages on your site …

Table Of Pages

(Table Of Pages)

Find the page entry you want to edit, hover your mouse over the page title to display the options menu and click on Quick Edit

'Quick Edit' link

(’Quick Edit’ feature)

The Quick Edit inline editor expands to display all your page editing options …

Quick Edit section

(Inline editor – Page editing options)

The  inline editor section allows you to change the following settings:

Quick Edit - Page Options

(Quick Edit Screen – WordPress Page Options)

Also …

Page Settings

(WordPress Page Options)

[1] Title – Modify the page title.

[2] Slug – Use this field to modify your page slugs. Important: When editing page URLs, make sure to include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate words with hyphens (e.g. here-is-an-example-of-a-page-url).

[3] Date – Set the page date and time here. Note: You can schedule your page to be published at a later date using this section.

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple authors, use this function to assign the page another author. Note: If your site only has one author, this option will not be displayed.

[5] Password -OR- Private – This section lets you password-protect your Post or make it private (hidden from visitors).

[6] Cancel Button – Click this button to cancel the edit and leave your changes unsaved.

[7] Parent – Use the drop-down menu to set your page as a ‘main’ page (top level page) or a ‘child’ page (subpage) of other pages (see below)  …

In WordPress, top-level pages and nested pages are called 'parent' pages and 'child' pages

(In WordPress, top-level pages and subpages are also called ‘parent’ pages and ‘child’ pages)

[8] Order – Use this option to specify the order of your page in a page list, menu, etc. Enter a number into this field. For example, a page with a value of “1” will display before pages with a higher number (e.g. ”4”, “9”, etc.).

[9] Template – If your theme contains several page templates, you can choose a new template using the pull-down menu in this section.

Quick Edit - Template pull-down menu

(Quick Edit – Page template feature)

[10] Allow Comments – Check / uncheck the box in this section to allow/disallow comments on your Page. (See How To Configure Your WordPress Site Settings: Discussion Settings tutorial for more details)

[11] Status – Use the dropdown menu to change the Status of your Page to Published, Draft, etc.

Inline editor - Page status options

(Page status pull-down menu)

[12] Update Button – Click this button to save your changes and update your page settings.

Click the 'Cancel' button to cancel and exit the Quick Edit section or click the 'Update' button after making changes to save your new page settings

(Click the ‘Cancel’ button to cancel and exit the Quick Edit screen or click the ‘Update’ button after making changes to save your new page settings)

Bulk Editing Pages Using The Quick Edit Function

As well as making changes to individual pages, you can also bulk edit settings in your pages using the inline editor.

To make bulk changes to pages using Quick Edit, bring up your list of pages and select the pages to be edited, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click click the ‘Apply’ button

Table of Pages - Bulk editing WP pages

(Bulk edit WordPress pages)

The inline bulk editor expands and presents all your page settings …

Inline editor screen

(Bulk editor screen)

Most of the options are identical to those shown in the Quick Edit screen with some additional settings.

For example, the Comments option changes from a checkbox to a pull-down menu …

Bulk Edit - Comments menu

(Comments menu)

Change your page settings in the Bulk Edit section by selecting options from the pull-down menus …

Bulk editor settings

(Bulk Edit settings)

You can also remove any pages you have selected from Bulk Edit by clicking on the remove icon …

Removing specific items from Bulk Edit

(Remove individual entries from the bulk editor)

Adding Custom Options To Quick Edit

As well as the inline editor’s built-in options, you can also customize Quick/Bulk Edit using plugins, like the one shown below:

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Plugin)

Download the plugin here, or use the “Search method” to install the plugin inside your WordPress dashboard (search for keywords like “Quick Edit, Bulk Edit, etc.”) …

Install the 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit' plugin

(Install ’Custom Bulk/Quick Edit’)

Once the plugin has been installed and activated, configure the plugin settings …

Configure your Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings

(Configure your Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings)

Configure the plugin’s settings to add custom options to posts and pages …

Configure your Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit)

After configuring the plugin’s options, you should see new custom fields appear in your Bulk/Quick Edit screen …

Bulk Edit - Custom Edit Fields

(Bulk Edit – Custom Edit Fields)

For more details, go here}:

Congratulations! Now you know how to use the WordPress Quick Edit to edit pages and posts.

Using The Inline Editor In WordPress

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