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.

WP For BeginnersPosts and Pages in WordPress not only contain content but also information and settings about the post or page itself.

For example:

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

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

In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to use the inline editor feature (Quick Edit) in WordPress to quickly edit WordPress Pages and Posts.

Useful Information

For step-by-step tutorials about how to edit and delete WordPress posts and pages, go here:

How To Use The Inline Editor Feature Of WordPress

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

Using The Inline Editor To Edit A Post

Log into your WordPress dashboard, then go to your navigation menu and click on select Posts > All Posts

Posts - All Posts

(Posts Menu – All Posts)

The Posts screen will appear, displaying all your WordPress posts …

Table Of Posts

(WP Posts Table)

Search for the post entry you want to edit, hover your mouse over the post title to view the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

'Quick Edit' feature

(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)

The inline editor displays the editing options …

Quick Edit section

(Inline editor – options)

The  Quick Edit screen allows you to edit a number of options on your post:

WordPress Post Options

(WordPress Post Settings – Quick Edit Screen)

And …

Post Settings - Quick Edit

(WordPress Post Options – Quick Edit)

Post Options – Quick Edit Screen

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

[2] Slug – Use this field to edit your post slugs. When editing post URLs, type all the letters in lowercase (use “a-z” and “0-9” only) and separate words with hyphens (e.g. “like-this-example-url”). For more information about using this setting to improve SEO, see this step-by-step tutorial: Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO

[3] Date – Edit your post date and time in this section. Note: Use this feature to schedule your post to be published at a future date. For a detailed tutorial on how to change dates to set post publishing schedules, go here: How To Schedule WP Blog Posts

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple post authors, use this option to assign a different author to the select post. Note: If your website or blog only contains one post author, this function will not be displayed. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to change post authors, go here: How To Change A Post Author In WordPress

[5] Password -OR- Private – Use this section to password-protect your post or to make it private (hidden from visitors). For more information about protecting content in WordPress, go here: How To Protect Content In WP Posts And Pages

[6] Cancel – Clicking this button cancels the edit and leaves your changes unsaved.

[7] Categories – Use this field to set a new category for your post. Note: You can add and edit post categories in this section, but you cannot delete post categories using the Quick Edit function. To learn how to add, edit, and delete categories in WordPress, see this tutorial: How To Set Up And Use Categories In Posts

[8] Tags – This area allows you to specify a new post tag. Note: You can edit and add tags in this section, but you cannot delete a tag for your posts using the inline editor. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial on adding, editing, and deleting WordPress post tags, go here: Adding, Editing, And Deleting Post Tags

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

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

Inline editor - Post status pulldown menu

(Inline editor – Status options)

[11] Make this post sticky – Check/uncheck the boxes in this section to make your posts ‘sticky’. For more information about making WordPress posts sticky, go here:

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

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

Bulk Edit Posts In WordPress Using The Quick Editor

In addition to editing individual posts, you can also bulk edit posts using the Quick Edit feature.

To make bulk changes to posts using the Quick Editor, choose the post entries to be edited, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click Apply

Table of Posts - Bulk editing WP posts

(Bulk edit WordPress posts)

The Bulk editor expands and presents the options for editing your posts …

Bulk Edit - options

(Bulk Edit screen)

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

For example, depending on the WordPress theme you have installed, you may see a field called Format. Use the pulldown menu to change the post format.

Bulk Edit - Format Options

(Bulk editor – Format Options)

For more information on WordPress post formats, go here:

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

Remove individual items from the bulk editor

(Remove from Bulk Edit)

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

Using The WordPress Inline Editor To Edit Pages

Since Posts differ from Pages (to learn more about the differences, see this article), Quick Edit presents slightly different options when you are editing with WP Pages.

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

Pages - All Pages

(Pages – All Pages)

This brings up the Pages screen, which displays all the pages you have created …

Table Of Pages

(Table Of Pages)

In the Pages screen, find the item you would like to edit, then hover your mouse over the page title to display the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

'Quick Edit' function

(’Quick Edit’ link)

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

Inline editor - options

(Inline editor screen)

The  Quick Edit section allows you to edit a number of page information:

Page Options

(Page Settings)

Plus …

WordPress Page Options - Quick Edit Screen

(Quick Edit Screen – WordPress Page Settings)

[1] Title – Change the page title.

[2] Slug – Use this field to edit the page slug. Important: When editing page URLs, make sure to include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate all with a hyphen (e.g. like-this-example-url).

[3] Date – Set your page date and time in this section. Note: Use this feature to schedule pages to be published at a future date.

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple authors, use this function to assign another author to your page. Note: If your website only has a single author, this setting will not display.

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

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

[7] Parent – Use the dropdown menu to specify whether your page is a ‘main’ page (displays at the top level) or a ‘child’ page (i.e. a subpage – see diagram below)  …

Main pages and subpages can also be called 'parent' pages and 'child' pages

(Main pages and nested pages are referred to as ‘parent’ pages and ‘child’ pages)

[8] Order – Specify the order of your page on lists, menus, etc. here. Enter a number into this field. For example, a page assigned a value of “1” will display above a page with a value of “2”.

[9] Template – If your theme comes with different templates for your pages, you can change templates from the drop-down Template menu.

Inline editor - Template pulldown menu

(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, Pending Review, etc.

Page status dropdown menu

(Page status dropdown menu)

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

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

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

Bulk Edit WordPress Pages Using Quick Edit

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

To make bulk changes to pages using the inline editor, 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 pages

(Bulk edit pages)

The inline bulk editor presents all the options for bulk editing your page settings …

Inline editor section

(Bulk Edit 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 pulldown menu …

Comments menu

(Bulk editor – Comments)

Make changes to your pages in the Bulk Edit section by selecting options from the drop-down menus …

Bulk Edit settings

(Bulk editor options)

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

Remove from the bulk editor

(Remove pages from Bulk Edit)

Customizing The Quick Editor

As well as the inline editor’s core settings, you can customize the Quick/Bulk editor using plugins, like the one shown below:

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Plugin For WordPress)

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

Installing the 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit' plugin

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

Once the plugin has been installed, 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

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit)

After configuring the plugin’s settings, you should see new fields appear in the 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 quickly edit posts and pages.

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