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How To Use The WordPress Quick Edit Feature

WordPress Pages and Posts not only contain content but also information and settings about the posts or pages themselves.

For example:

The WordPress Quick Edit feature is an inline editor that allows you to change a number of settings quickly in your Posts and Pages without having to edit the post or page itself.

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

We have written detailed tutorials about how to edit and delete posts and pages here:

How To Use The Inline Editor Feature

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

Editing WordPress Posts With Quick Edit

Log into your WordPress Dashboard and choose Posts > All Posts

(Posts Menu – All Posts)

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

(Table Of Posts)

Find the post you would like to edit, then hover your mouse over the title of your post to view the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

(’Quick Edit’ feature)

The inline editor expands to display a number of options …

(Inline editor – options)

The  Quick Edit section lets you modify the following settings:

(Post Options – Quick Edit Screen)

And …

(Post Options – Quick Edit)

Post Settings – Quick Edit

[1] Title – This section lets you edit the title of your post.

[2] Slug – Replace the post 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. “here-is-an-example-of-a-post-url”). For more information about the practical uses of this setting, see this step-by-step tutorial: Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO

[3] Date – Edit the date and time of your post in this section. Note: Use this setting to schedule posts to publish at a future date. For a detailed tutorial about changing post dates to set post publishing schedules, go here: Scheduling WordPress Posts

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple authors, use the Author drop-down menu to assign a different author to your select post. Note: If your site only contains one post author, this setting will not appear. For a detailed tutorial on how to change post authors, go here: WordPress User Roles – Authors

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

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

[7] Categories – Use this area to set a new category for your post. Note: You can edit and add new post categories, but you cannot delete a post category using the inline editor. For a tutorial on how to add, edit, and delete categories, go here: Configuring And Using WP Post Categories

[8] Tags – This section lets you set new post tags for post entries. Note: You can add or edit post tags, but you cannot delete a post tag using the inline editor. To learn about adding, editing, and deleting tags, see this tutorial: How To Configure And Use Tags In WordPress

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

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

(Status pulldown menu)

[11] Make this post sticky – Check or uncheck the boxes in this section to make posts ‘sticky’. For a detailed tutorial about making WordPress posts sticky, go here:

[12] Update – Clicking the ‘Update’ button saves your edit.

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

Bulk Editing Posts Using The Quick Edit Function

As well as making changes to individual posts, you can also bulk edit settings in your posts using the Quick Edit feature.

To make bulk changes to posts using the Quick Edit feature, choose the items you want to edit, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click Apply

(Table of Posts – Bulk editing WP posts)

The Bulk editor expands to display all your post settings …

(Bulk editor – Editing options)

Most of the settings are the same as those shown in the regular Quick Edit screen with a few minor differences.

For example, depending on your theme, an option called Format may or may not display. Use the dropdown menu to change the post format.

(Bulk editor – Format Options)

For more information on WordPress post formats, go here:

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

(Remove from Bulk Edit)

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

Using Quick Edit To Edit A Page

Since WordPress Posts differ from WordPress Pages (to learn more about the differences, go here), the inline editor presents a few different options when you are editing with WordPress Pages.

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

(Pages – All Pages)

The Pages screen will load in your browser and display a list of all your WordPress pages …

(Pages Screen)

Locate the page you would like to edit, hover your mouse over the page title to view the options menu and click on Quick Edit

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

The inline editor expands to display several options …

(Quick Edit section)

The  inline editor section lets you edit the following page information:

(WordPress Page Settings – Quick Edit)

Plus …

(Page Options)

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

[2] Slug – Replace your page slug in this field. When editing page slugs, include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate all with hyphens (e.g. here-is-an-example-of-a-page-url).

[3] Date – Change your page date and time here. Note: Use this option to schedule your page to publish at a future date.

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

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

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

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

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

[8] Order – Use this section to specify the order of your page in page lists, menus, etc. Type a number into this field. For example, assigning a page a value of “1” will display it above pages with a higher number (e.g. ”3”, “12”, etc.).

[9] Template – If your theme includes different templates for your pages, you can change the template of your page by selecting a new one from the drop-down Template menu.

(Quick Edit – Template dropdown 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.

(Quick Edit – Status options)

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

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

Bulk Editing Pages Using The Inline Editor

In addition to editing individual pages, you can also bulk edit pages using the Quick Editor.

To make bulk changes to pages using the Quick 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 pages)

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

(Bulk Edit – options)

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

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

(Comments menu)

Make changes to your page settings in the Bulk editor screen by selecting options from the drop-down menus …

(Bulk Edit settings)

You can also remove any individual page entries from Bulk Edit by clicking on the delete icon next to the page title …

(Remove pages from Bulk Edit)

Adding Custom Settings To Quick Edit

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

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Plugin For WordPress)

Locate and install the Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin inside your plugin dashboard (search for keywords like “Quick Edit, Bulk Edit, etc.”) …

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

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

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit – Settings)

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

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit)

After configuring the plugin’s settings, you should see new fields displayed in the Bulk/Quick Edit area …

(Bulk Edit – Custom Edit Fields)

For more details, go here}:

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

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