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 To Use WordPressIn addition to content, WordPress Posts and Pages contain information about the page or post itself.

For example:

  • Post/Page Title
  • Slug (i.e. the words make up the page/post web address)
  • Date your page/post was published.
  • Post/Page Author
  • Post/Page Status (e.g. Draft, Pending Review, Published, etc.)
  • Post/Page Privacy Settings (e.g. Private)
  • Post Categories and Tags
  • etc.

If you want to change the information for a page or post without changing the content, you can use the Quick Edit feature.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the inline editor function (Quick Edit) in WordPress to quickly edit information about your Pages and Posts.

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

How To Use The WordPress Quick Edit Feature

Follow the tutorials below to learn how to use quick edit to edit your posts and pages.

Editing A Post With The WordPress Inline Editor

Go to your WP Dashboard and select Posts > All Posts

Posts - All Posts

(Posts – All Posts)

The Posts screen will appear, displaying all the posts you have created …

WordPress Posts Table

(Table Of Posts)

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

'Quick Edit' feature

(’Quick Edit’ link)

The Quick Edit inline editor expands to display several options for editing your post …

Inline Editor - Editing options

(Quick Edit section)

The  inline editor section allows you to modify a number of options:

Quick Edit Screen - Post Settings

(Post Options – Quick Edit Screen)

Plus …

WordPress Post Settings

(WordPress Post Settings – Quick Edit)

Post Options

[1] Title – This field lets you replace the post title.

[2] Slug – Change your post slug in this field. Important: When editing post slugs, type all the letters in lowercase (use “a-z” and “0-9” only) and separate words with a hyphen (e.g. “like-this-example-url”). For more information about the practical uses of this feature, see this tutorial: Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO

[3] Date – This field lets you set the post date and time. Note: Use this feature to schedule posts to be published at a future date. For more information about changing post dates to automate content publishing times, go here: Scheduling WP Blog Posts

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple authors, use the Author drop-down menu to assign your post another author. Note: If your site only has one post author, this function will not appear. For more information about changing post authors, go here: WordPress User Roles: Post Authors – A Step-By-Step Tutorial

[5] Password -OR- Private – This section lets you password-protect posts or make them private (hidden from visitors). For a detailed tutorial about protecting content in WordPress, go here: WordPress Content Protection For Pages And Posts

[6] Cancel Button – Click ‘Cancel’ to abandon your edit.

[7] Categories – Use this field to edit the category of your post. Note: You can add or edit categories, but you cannot delete post categories using the Quick Edit function. For a detailed tutorial on how to add, edit, and delete post categories in WordPress, go here: How To Configure And Use Categories In Posts

[8] Tags – This area lets you select a new post tag. Note: You can add and change post tags in this section, but you cannot delete a tag for your posts using the Quick Edit function. To learn about adding, editing, and deleting post tags in WordPress, see this step-by-step tutorial: Adding, Editing, And Deleting Tags

[9] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Check or uncheck the boxes in this section to allow/disallow comments and pings for your posts. For more information on the practical uses of this setting, see this tutorial: WordPress Discussion Settings

[10] Status – Use the pull-down menu to edit your Post Status to ‘Published’, ‘Pending Review’, or ‘Draft’.

Quick Edit - Post status options

(Status pull-down menu)

[11] Make this post sticky – Check/uncheck the boxes in this area to make a post ‘sticky’. For more information about using this setting, see this tutorial:

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

Remember to click 'Update' after making changes to save your post settings

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

Bulk Editing Posts In WordPress Using The Inline Editor

As well as editing individual posts, you can also bulk edit posts 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

Bulk edit WordPress posts

(Table of Posts – Bulk edit WP posts)

The Bulk editor displays the options for editing your posts …

Bulk editor - options

(Bulk Edit section)

Most of the options are the same as those listed in the Quick Edit screen with some differences.

For example, depending on your theme, you may see a field called Format. Use the pull-down menu to change the format of your post (options: Standard, Aside, Gallery, Link, Image, Quote, or Status.)

Post Formats

(Bulk Edit – Post Formats)

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

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

Remove from Bulk Edit

(Removing items from the bulk editor)

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

Editing Page Details With Quick Edit

Since WordPress Posts are different than WordPress Pages (to understand the difference, go here), the Quick Edit function displays slightly different options when working with Pages.

Log into your WordPress dashboard, then go to the admin navigation menu and choose click on Pages > All Pages

WP Pages Menu - All Pages

(WordPress Pages Menu – All Pages)

The Pages screen will load in your browser, displaying a table containing all the pages you have created …

WordPress Pages Screen

(Table Of Pages)

Locate the page entry you want to edit, then hover over the item’s title to display the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

'Quick Edit' feature

(’Quick Edit’ function)

The inline editor expands and displays various options …

Inline editor screen

(Inline editor screen)

The  inline editor screen allows you to modify a number of settings:

WordPress Page Options

(Page Options)

Plus …

Quick Edit - WordPress Page Options

(WordPress Page Options)

[1] Title – This option lets you modify your page titles.

[2] Slug – Use this field to edit your page slugs. Important: When editing slugs, type all letters in lowercase (use “a-z” and “0-9” only) and separate words with a hyphen (e.g. here-is-an-example-of-a-page-url).

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

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple authors, use the Author pulldown menu to assign another author to the page. Note: If your website or blog only has one author, this function will not appear.

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

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

[7] Parent – Use the pulldown menu to set your page as a ‘main’ page (top level page) or a ‘child’ page (i.e. a subpage – see diagram below)  …

In WordPress, top-level pages and subpages are also referred to as 'parent' pages and 'child' pages

(Main pages and nested pages are called ‘parent’ pages and ‘child’ pages)

[8] Order – This option is useful for rearranging the order of your page in a page list, menu, etc. Enter a number into this field. For example, assigning a page a value of “1” will display it before pages with a higher numerical value (e.g. “5”).

[9] Template – If your theme comes with a number of templates for your pages, you can change the template by selecting a new one from the dropdown Template menu.

Quick Edit - Template dropdown menu

(Quick Edit – Template 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.

Quick Edit - Page status pull-down menu

(Inline editor – Page status options)

[12] Update – Click ‘Update’ to save your changes.

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

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

Bulk Edit WordPress Pages Using The Inline Editor

In addition to making changes to individual pages, you can also bulk edit pages using the Quick Edit feature.

To bulk edit pages, select the page entries you want to edit, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click Apply

Table of Pages - Bulk edit WP pages

(Table of Pages – Bulk editing WordPress pages)

The Bulk Edit feature expands to reveal the options for editing your pages …

Quick Edit - Page editing options

(Bulk editor screen)

Most of the settings are the same as those listed in the Quick Edit screen with some minor differences.

For example, the Comments function changes from a checkbox to a drop-down menu …

Comments menu

(Bulk Edit – Comments dropdown menu)

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

Bulk editor options

(Bulk Edit settings)

You can also remove a specific page entry from the bulk editor by clicking on the delete icon next to the page title …

Remove from Bulk Edit

(Remove individual entries from Bulk Edit)

Customizing The Quick Editor

As well as using the inline editor’s built-in settings, you can also add custom settings to Quick/Bulk Edit using plugins. For example, here’s a plugin you can use to add custom options to the Quick editor and Bulk editor:

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Plugin For WordPress

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Plugin)

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

Install the 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit' plugin

(Find and install the ‘Custom Bulk/Quick Edit’ plugin)

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

Configure your plugin settings

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit – Settings)

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

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Settings screen

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Settings page)

New fields will now appear in your Bulk/Quick editor screen …

Bulk Edit - Custom Edit Fields

(Bulk Editor – Custom Edit Fields)

For more details, go here}:

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

Using The Inline Editor Feature In WordPress

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