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 WordPressIn addition to content, Pages and Posts in WordPress contain information about the pages or posts themselves.

For example:

  • Title of your page/post
  • Slug (i.e. the words make up the page/post URL)
  • Page/Post publishing date.
  • Author of your post or page
  • Page/Post Status (e.g. Draft, Published, etc.)
  • Page/Post Privacy Settings (e.g. Password-protected)
  • Tags and Categories (Posts)
  • etc.

Quick Edit is an inline editor that lets you modify a number of Page and Post settings without having to open and edit the page or post itself.

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

Useful Information

We have written detailed tutorials on editing and deleting posts and pages in WordPress here:

How To Use The Quick Edit Function Of WordPress

Follow the tutorials below to learn how to use the inline editor feature of WordPress to edit your pages and posts.

Editing Post Details With The Quick Edit Feature

Go to the WordPress administration section and click on Posts > All Posts

Posts Menu - All Posts

(Posts Menu – All Posts)

This brings up the Posts screen, which displays all your WordPress posts …

WP Posts Table

(Table Of Posts)

In the Posts screen, locate the post you would like to edit, hover your mouse over the post title to display the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

Click on 'Quick Edit'

(’Quick Edit’ link)

The inline editor displays all the options for editing your post …

Quick Edit - Editing options

(Inline editor – Editing options)

The  inline editor section lets you edit a number of options:

Quick Edit - Post Options

(Quick Edit Screen – WordPress Post Options)

Plus …

Post Options

(Post Options – Quick Edit Screen)

WordPress Post Settings – Quick Edit

[1] Title – This field lets you change the title of your posts.

[2] Slug – Change your post slug in this field. When editing post URLs, include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate words with a hyphen (e.g. “best-3-fitness-tips”). For more information about slugs and permalinks, go here: How To Configure WordPress Permalinks

[3] Date – This field lets you change the date and time of your post. Note: Use this option to schedule your post to publish at a later date. For more information on how to change post dates to automate content publishing times, go here: How To Schedule WP Blog Posts For Publishing Later

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple post authors, use this function to assign a new author to the select post. Note: If your site only has one post author, this option will not be displayed. For a detailed tutorial on how to change post authors, go here: WordPress User Roles – Post Authors

[5] Password -OR- Private – This section lets you password-protect your posts or make them private (hidden from visitors). For more information about this feature, see this step-by-step tutorial: Protecting Content In WordPress

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

[7] Categories – Use this function to change the category of your post. Note: You can edit and add post categories in this section, but you cannot delete post categories using the inline editor. For a detailed tutorial on adding, editing, and deleting WordPress post categories, go here: Configuring Categories In WP Posts

[8] Tags – Use this area to set new post tags for your post items. Note: You can add or change post tags, but you cannot delete a post tag using the inline editor. For a tutorial on how to add, edit, and delete tags, go here: Adding, Editing, And Deleting Post Tags In WordPress

[9] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Check or uncheck the boxes in this section to allow/disallow pings and comments for your posts. For more information about this feature, see this step-by-step tutorial: WordPress Setup – Discussion Settings

[10] Status – Use the pulldown menu to change the Status of your Post to ‘Published’, ‘Pending Review’, or ‘Draft’.

Quick Edit - Status dropdown menu

(Quick Edit – Status drop-down menu)

[11] Make this post sticky – Tick or untick the checkboxes in this section to make your posts ‘sticky’. For more information about using this option, see this tutorial:

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

Click the 'Cancel' button to cancel and leave the Quick Edit screen or click the 'Update' button after making changes to save your new post settings

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

Bulk Editing Posts Using Quick Edit

As well as making changes to individual posts, you can also bulk edit post settings using the inline editor.

To bulk edit posts, choose the items to be edited, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click Apply

Table of Posts - Bulk editing WordPress posts

(Table of Posts – Bulk edit WP posts)

The Bulk Edit feature presents all of your editing options …

Bulk editor - options

(Bulk Edit – Editing options)

Most of the options are identical to those listed in the Quick Edit screen with a few differences.

For example, depending on your theme, an option called Format may or may not display. Use the drop-down menu to change the post format (options: Standard, Aside, Gallery, Link, Image, Quote, or Status.)

Bulk Edit - Post Formats

(Post Formats)

For a detailed step-by-step tutorial on WordPress post formats, go here:

You can also remove a specific entry from the bulk editor function by clicking on the remove icon …

Remove specific posts from Bulk Edit

(Remove entries from Bulk Edit)

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

How To Use The Quick Edit Feature To Edit Page Details

Since Posts differ from Pages (to understand the difference, go here), the Quick Edit function presents a few different options when you’re working with WordPress Pages.

In your WP admin area, select Pages > All Pages

Pages Menu - All Pages

(Pages – All Pages)

The Pages screen will load in your browser, displaying a list of all your pages …

WordPress Pages Table

(Pages Screen)

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

Click on the 'Quick Edit' link

(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)

The inline editor expands to display all the editing options …

Quick Edit - options

(Quick Edit – Page editing options)

The  Quick Edit screen lets you edit the following options on your page:

Quick Edit Screen - Page Options

(Quick Edit – Page Settings)

And …

WordPress Page Options

(Page Settings)

[1] Title – This section lets you replace the page title.

[2] Slug – Use this field to change your page slug. When editing the URL, type all letters in lowercase (use “a-z” and “0-9” only) and separate words with a hyphen (e.g. this-is-a-page-url).

[3] Date – Set the date and time of your page in this section. Note: Use this feature to schedule your page to publish at a later date.

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple page authors, use this function to assign a different author to the select page. Note: If your website only has one author, this setting will not appear.

[5] Password -OR- Private – Use this section to password-protect your page or to make it private (hidden from visitors).

[6] Cancel Button – Click this button to cancel the edit.

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

Top-level pages and nested pages are also called 'parent' pages and 'child' pages

(Top-level pages and nested pages are referred to as ‘parent’ pages and ‘child’ pages)

[8] Order – This function is useful for rearranging the order of your page in a page list, menu, etc. Enter a numerical value into this field. For example, assigning a page a value of “1” will display it before a page with a value of “2”.

[9] Template – If your theme provides different templates for your pages, you can select a new template from the drop-down Template menu.

Inline editor - Template function

(Inline editor – Template pulldown menu)

[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

(Status drop-down menu)

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

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

(Click the ‘Update’ button after making changes to save your page settings)

Bulk Editing Pages Using The Quick Edit Function

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

To bulk edit pages, tick 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

Table of Pages - Bulk editing WP pages

(Table of Pages – Bulk editing WordPress pages)

The Bulk editor presents several bulk options …

Quick Edit - Editing options

(Bulk Edit – options)

Most of the bulk edit options are the same as those shown in the Quick Edit screen with some additional settings.

For example, the Comments function changes from a checkbox to a pulldown menu …

Bulk editor - Comments

(Comments menu)

Edit your pages in the Bulk Edit section by selecting options from the pulldown menus …

Bulk Edit options

(Bulk editor options)

You can also remove specific pages from Bulk Edit by clicking on the remove icon next to the page title …

Removing specific pages from Bulk Edit

(Removing items from Bulk Edit)

Customizing The Quick Editor

In addition to the inline editor’s core options, you can customize the Quick/Bulk editor using plugins. For example, here’s a plugin you can use to customize the Quick editor and Bulk editor:

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Plugin For WordPress)

Download the plugin here, or locate and install the plugin inside your WP dashboard (search for keywords like “Quick Edit, Inline editor, etc.”) …

Find and install 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit'

(Find and install ’Custom Bulk/Quick Edit’)

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

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin - Settings

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin – Settings)

Configure the plugin’s settings to add custom Bulk/Quick Edit options to posts and pages …

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Settings

(Configure the plugin settings)

New fields will now display in your Bulk/Quick editor area …

Bulk Editor - Custom Edit Fields

(Bulk Edit – Custom Edit Fields)

For more details, go here}:

Congratulations, now you know how to use the WordPress inline editor function (Quick Edit) to edit posts and pages.

How To Use The Inline Editor Function In WordPress To Edit Your Posts And Pages

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Originally published as How To Use The WordPress Quick Edit Feature.