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.

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WP TutorialWordPress Pages and Posts 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 in the post/page URL)
  • Page/Post publishing date.
  • Page/Post Author
  • Post/Page Status (e.g. Draft, Private, Published, etc.)
  • Post/Page Privacy Settings (e.g. Private)
  • Post Tags and Categories
  • And various other settings

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

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

Important Info

For tutorials on how to edit and delete pages and posts in WordPress, go here:

How To Use The WordPress Inline Editor Function

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

How To Use Quick Edit To Edit A Post

Go to the WordPress Dashboard and select Posts > All Posts

Posts - All Posts

(WordPress Posts Menu – All Posts)

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

Posts Table

(WordPress Posts Table)

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

Click on the 'Quick Edit' link

(’Quick Edit’ feature)

The Quick Edit inline editor expands to display a number of post editing options …

Quick Edit - Post editing options

(Quick Edit – options)

The  inline editor screen lets you modify the following details:

WordPress Post Settings - Quick Edit

(WordPress Post Settings)

Also …

Quick Edit Screen - Post Settings

(WordPress Post Options – Quick Edit)

WordPress Post Settings – Quick Edit

[1] Title – Use this field to replace the title of your posts.

[2] Slug – Use this field to edit your post slugs. When editing slugs, include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate words with hyphens (e.g. “this-is-a-post-url”). For more information about the practical uses of this feature, see this tutorial: Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO

[3] Date – Change the post date and time in this section. Note: Use this setting to schedule your post to be published at a later date. For a detailed tutorial on how to change dates to automate content publishing schedules, go here: Scheduling Blog Posts In WP

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple authors, use the Author dropdown menu to assign your post a different author. Note: If your site only contains one post author, this function will not be displayed. For a detailed tutorial about changing post authors, go here: WordPress User Roles – Post Authors

[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: Protecting Content On WP Pages And Posts

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

[7] Categories – This function lets you change post categories. Note: You can add and change categories in this section, but you cannot delete a post category using the inline editor. For more information on how to add, edit, and delete categories, see this tutorial: How To Add, Edit, And Delete Categories In Posts

[8] Tags – This area lets you change the tags of your post. Note: You can edit and add post tags, but you cannot delete tags using Quick Edit. For a step-by-step tutorial on adding, editing, and deleting tags in WordPress, go here: How To Add, Edit, And Delete Tags In Posts

[9] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Check or uncheck the boxes in this area to allow/disallow comments and pings for your posts. For more information the use of comments on WordPress posts, go here: WordPress Site Configuration – Discussion Settings

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

Quick Edit - Status dropdown menu

(Quick Edit – Status pull-down menu)

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

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

Click 'Update' after making changes to save your new post settings

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

Bulk Editing Post Settings Using Quick Edit

As well as making changes to individual posts, you can also bulk edit posts using the Quick Editor.

To make bulk changes to posts using the Quick Edit function, go to your Table of posts and select the post entries you want to edit, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click click the ‘Apply’ button …

Table of Posts - Bulk edit posts

(Table of Posts – Bulk edit posts in WordPress)

The Bulk Edit feature displays the options for editing your posts …

Bulk editor - Post editing options

(Bulk editor – options)

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

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

Bulk Edit - Format Options

(Format Options)

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

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

Removing specific posts from the bulk editor

(Remove specific posts from the bulk editor)

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 Quick Edit To Edit WordPress Page Details

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

Go to the admin area and select Pages > All Pages

WordPress Pages Menu - All Pages

(Pages – All Pages)

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

WordPress Pages Screen

(WordPress Pages Screen)

Search for the page item you would like to edit, hover your mouse over the item’s title to view the options menu and click on Quick Edit

'Quick Edit' function

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

The Quick Edit inline editor displays all of your editing options …

Quick Edit screen

(Quick Edit section)

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

Page Settings

(Quick Edit Screen – Page Options)

And …

Page Settings

(Quick Edit Screen – Page Settings)

[1] Title – Replace the title of your page in this field.

[2] Slug – Edit your page slug in this field. When editing the slug, include only lowercase letters, 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 – This field lets you set the date and time of your page. Note: Use this section to schedule your page to publish at a future date.

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple authors, use the Author pulldown menu to assign a new author to your select page. Note: If your website only contains one author, this option will not be displayed.

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

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

[7] Parent – Use the pulldown menu to specify whether your page is a ‘main’ page (top level page) or a ‘child’ page (subpage) of another page or subpage (see diagram below)  …

In WordPress, main pages and nested pages are also called 'parent' pages and 'child' pages

(Main pages and subpages can also be called ‘parent’ pages and ‘child’ pages)

[8] Order – Use this function to specify the order of how your page should display in a page list, menu, etc. Type a numerical value into this field. For example, a page with a value of “1” will display above a page with a value of “2”.

[9] Template – If your theme includes a number of page templates, you can choose a new template using the drop-down menu in this section.

Inline editor - Template pull-down menu

(Inline editor – Template drop-down 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.

Page status pulldown menu

(Quick Edit – Status pulldown menu)

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

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

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

Bulk Editing Pages Using The Quick Edit Function

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

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

Bulk edit WordPress pages

(Bulk editing pages in WordPress)

The Bulk editor displays a number of bulk editing options …

Inline editor section

(Bulk Edit – options)

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

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

Comments menu

(Bulk Edit – Comments dropdown menu)

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

Bulk editor settings

(Bulk Edit settings)

You can also remove any individual page items from the bulk editor by clicking on the delete icon next to the page title …

Removing individual entries from Bulk Edit

(Removing specific entries from Bulk Edit)

Quick Edit Plugins

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

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit WordPress Plugin

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Plugin For WordPress)

Install Custom Bulk/Quick Edit inside your WP dashboard (search for keywords like “Quick Edit, Inline editor, etc.”) …

Install 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit'

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

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

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit - Settings

(Configure your plugin settings)

Configure settings to add custom options to pages and posts …

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

(Configure your Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings)

After configuring the plugin’s options, you will see new fields appear in the Bulk/Quick Edit area …

Bulk Editor - Custom Edit Fields

(Bulk Editor – 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 your posts and pages.

Using The WordPress Quick Edit Feature

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