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How To Use The WordPress Quick Edit Feature

Pages and Posts not only include content but also information about the post or page itself.

For example:

If you need to edit any of the above information for a page or post without changing the content, you can use the Quick Edit feature.

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

For information about editing and deleting pages and posts, see the tutorials below:

How To Use The Inline Editor Feature Of WordPress

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

Using Quick Edit To Edit Your Post Details

Log into your WordPress admin section, then go to the main navigation menu and select click on Posts > All Posts

(Posts Menu – All Posts)

The Posts screen will load in your browser, displaying a list of all your posts …

(WordPress Posts Table)

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

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

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

(Inline editor section)

The  inline editor section allows you to edit a number of options on your post:

(Post Settings – Quick Edit Screen)

And …

(Post Settings)

WordPress Post Options

[1] Title – Edit your post title.

[2] Slug – Change the post slug in this field. Important: When editing the slug, type all letters in lowercase (use “a-z” and “0-9” only) and separate all with a hyphen (e.g. “best-10-dating-tips”). For a detailed tutorial on post slugs in WordPress, go here: Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO

[3] Date – This field lets you change your post date and time. Note: Use this feature to schedule posts to be published at a later date. For more information about changing dates to set content publishing schedules, go here: How To Schedule WordPress Posts

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple post authors, use this function to assign a different author to your select post. Note: If your website only has a single author, this setting will not display. For more information about changing post authors, go here: How To Change A Post Author In WordPress

[5] Password -OR- Private – This section lets you password-protect your Post or make it private (hidden from visitors). For a detailed tutorial on how to protect content in WordPress, go here: WordPress Content Protection For Pages And Posts

[6] Cancel Button – Clicking ‘Cancel’ abandons your edit and leaves your changes unsaved.

[7] Categories – This field lets you change the category of your post. Note: You can edit and add new categories in this section, but you cannot delete a category for your post using the Quick Edit function. For more information on how to add, edit, and delete categories, see this tutorial: Configuring And Using Categories In WordPress

[8] Tags – Use this area to change post tags. Note: You can edit or add tags, but you cannot delete a post tag using Quick Edit. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to add, edit, and delete WordPress tags, go here: How To Add, Edit, And Delete Tags In WordPress

[9] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Check/uncheck the boxes in this area to allow/disallow comments and pings for your post. For a detailed tutorial about managing comments and discussions on WordPress posts, go here: How To Configure WP Discussion Settings

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

(Quick Edit – Post status pulldown menu)

[11] Make this post sticky – Check or uncheck the boxes in this section to make posts ‘sticky’. For more information about using this feature, see this tutorial:

[12] Update – Click this button to save the edit.

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

Bulk Editing WordPress Posts Using The Quick Editor

In addition to editing individual posts, you can also bulk edit settings in your posts using the inline editor.

To bulk edit posts, go to your Table of posts and select the posts you want to edit, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click Apply

(Table of Posts – Bulk edit WordPress posts)

The inline bulk editor presents all of your post settings …

(Bulk editor section)

Most of the settings are identical to those shown in the regular Quick Edit screen with a few differences.

For example, depending on your theme, a field called Format may or may not display. Use the pulldown menu to change the format of your post.

(Bulk Edit – Format Options)

For a detailed tutorial about WordPress post formats, go here:

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

(Removing posts 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 inline editor with WP pages.

Editing WordPress Pages With Quick Edit

Since WordPress Posts are different than WordPress Pages (to understand the difference, go here), the Quick Edit feature displays a few different options when editing with Pages.

Log into the WP administration area and click on Pages > All Pages

(Pages – All Pages)

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

(Table Of Pages)

Find the entry you want to edit, then hover over the title of the page to view the options menu and click on Quick Edit

(’Quick Edit’ function)

The Quick Edit inline editor displays a number of page editing options …

(Inline editor section)

The  Quick Edit section lets you edit a number of details:

(Quick Edit Screen – Page Settings)

Also …

(Page Settings)

[1] Title – Use this option to change the page title.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[9] Template – If your theme includes several templates for your pages, you can change templates from the pulldown menu in this section.

(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.

(Page status dropdown menu)

[12] Update Button – Click this button to save your changes.

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

Bulk Edit WordPress Pages Using The Quick Edit Feature

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

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

(Table of Pages – Bulk edit WP pages)

The inline bulk editor presents the options for editing your pages …

(Bulk editor – options)

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

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

(Comments menu)

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

(Bulk editor options)

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

(Remove from Bulk Edit)

Adding Custom Settings To The Quick Editor

As well as using the inline editor’s built-in settings, you can also customize the Quick editor and Bulk editor using plugins. Let’s go through an example of a plugin you can use to customize Quick Edit and Bulk Edit:

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit – WordPress Plugin)

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

(Installing ’Custom Bulk/Quick Edit’)

After installing and activating the Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin, configure the plugin settings …

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit – Settings)

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

(Configure the Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings)

After configuring the plugin’s options, you will see new edit fields displayed in your Bulk/Quick Edit screen …

(Bulk Edit – Custom Edit Fields)

For more details, go here}:

Congratulations, now you know how to use the WordPress Quick Edit to quickly edit information about pages and posts.

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