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

For example:

  • Title of the post or page
  • Slug (i.e. the words make up the post/page URL)
  • Post/Page publishing date.
  • Page/Post Author
  • Page/Post Status (e.g. Draft, Private, Published, etc.)
  • Page/Post Privacy Settings (e.g. Private)
  • Categories and Tags (Posts)
  • etc.

If you need to modify any of the above settings for a page or post without making the changes to the page or post content, you can simply use the Quick Edit feature.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the WordPress the Quick Edit feature to edit various elements of your Posts and Pages.

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

How To Use The WordPress Inline Editor Feature

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

How To Use The Quick Edit Function To Edit Post Details

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

Posts Menu - All Posts

(Posts Menu – All Posts)

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

WordPress Posts Table

(WordPress Posts Screen)

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

Click on 'Quick Edit'

(’Quick Edit’ feature)

The inline editor displays your post editing options …

Quick Edit - options

(Quick Edit – Post editing options)

The  Quick Edit screen allows you to change a number of options:

WordPress Post Options

(WordPress Post Settings)

Also …

WordPress Post Options - Quick Edit Screen

(WordPress Post Settings – Quick Edit)

Quick Edit – Post Settings

[1] Title – Change your post title.

[2] Slug – Replace your post slug. Important: When editing post slugs, make sure to include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate all with hyphens (e.g. “here-is-an-example-of-a-post-url”). For a detailed step-by-step tutorial about WordPress post slugs, go here: Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO

[3] Date – Change the date and time of your post here. Note: Use this option to schedule posts to publish at a future date. For more information about using this feature to schedule posts, see this step-by-step tutorial: Scheduling WordPress Blog Posts

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple authors, use the Author pulldown menu to assign your post a different author. Note: If your site only contains a single post author, this option will not appear. For more information on how to change post authors, go here: WordPress User Roles: Authors – A Tutorial

[5] Password -OR- Private – Use this section to password-protect your post or to make it private (hidden from visitors). For more information about this feature, see this tutorial: How To Protect Content In WordPress

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

[7] Categories – This function lets you change post categories. Note: You can edit and add new post categories, but you cannot delete a post category using Quick Edit. For more information on how to add, edit, and delete WordPress categories, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Configure Post Categories In WordPress

[8] Tags – Use this area to change the tags of your post. Note: You can edit and add tags, but you cannot delete tags for your posts using Quick Edit. To learn how to add, edit, and delete post tags in WordPress, see this tutorial: Configuring WordPress Tags

[9] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Check/uncheck the boxes in this section 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 Configuration – Discussion Settings

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

Post status pulldown menu

(Post status pull-down menu)

[11] Make this post sticky – Tick or untick the checkboxes in this area to make posts ‘sticky’. For more information about this feature, see this tutorial:

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

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

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

Bulk Edit Post Settings Using Quick Edit

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

To bulk edit posts, select the items you want to edit, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click click the ‘Apply’ button …

Bulk editing posts

(Bulk edit WP posts)

The inline bulk editor expands and presents all your editing options …

Bulk Edit section

(Bulk Edit section)

Most of the options are identical to those shown in the regular Quick Edit screen with minor differences.

For example, depending on your active WordPress theme, you may or may not see an option called Format. Use the drop-down menu to change the format of your post (options: Standard, Aside, Gallery, Link, Image, Quote, or Status.)

Bulk Edit - Post Formats

(Bulk Edit – Post Formats)

For more information on WordPress post formats, go here:

You can also remove specific posts from the bulk editor function by clicking on the delete icon …

Remove posts from Bulk Edit

(Remove specific entries from Bulk Edit)

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

Editing Page Details With The Quick Edit Feature

Since WordPress Posts are different than WordPress Pages (to understand the difference, see this tutorial), the inline editor displays a few different options when working with WP Pages.

Log into your administration section and click on Pages > All Pages

WordPress Pages Menu - All Pages

(WP Pages Menu – All Pages)

The Pages screen will appear, displaying all your pages …

Pages Table

(Table Of Pages)

Locate the item you would like to edit, hover over the page title to display the options menu and click on Quick Edit

Click on the 'Quick Edit' link

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

The inline editor expands to display all the editing options …

Quick Edit section

(Inline editor screen)

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

Quick Edit - Page Settings

(Page Settings – Quick Edit)

Plus …

Page Options - Quick Edit Screen

(Quick Edit Screen – Page Settings)

[1] Title – This field lets you replace your page titles.

[2] Slug – Use this field to replace your page slugs. When editing slugs, include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate words with a hyphen (e.g. this-is-a-page-url).

[3] Date – Change the date and time of your page here. Note: You can schedule your page to be published at a later date in this section.

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple authors, use the Author pulldown menu to assign your page a new author. Note: If your site only contains a single 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 – Click ‘Cancel’ to abandon your edit.

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

Main pages and nested pages are referred to as 'parent' pages and 'child' pages

(Top-level pages and subpages can also be referred to as ‘parent’ pages and ‘child’ pages)

[8] Order – This function is used to rearrange the order of your page in a page list, menu, etc. Enter a numerical value into this field. For example, assigning a page a value of “1” will display it before a page with a value of “2”.

[9] Template – If your theme comes with multiple templates for your pages, you can change the template by selecting a new one using the drop-down menu in this section.

Inline editor - Template feature

(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, Private, etc.

Inline editor - Page status drop-down menu

(Inline editor – Status options)

[12] Update Button – Clicking this button saves your changes.

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

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

Bulk Editing Pages Using Quick Edit

In addition to editing individual pages, you can also bulk edit page settings using Quick Edit.

To bulk edit pages, tick the check boxes next to the pages you want to edit, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click Apply

Table of Pages - Bulk edit pages

(Table of Pages – Bulk edit pages in WordPress)

The Bulk Edit feature displays the editing options …

Inline editor - options

(Bulk Edit – options)

Most of the settings are identical to those shown in the Quick Edit screen with some minor differences.

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

Bulk editor - Comments

(Bulk editor – Comments menu)

Edit your page settings in the Bulk Edit screen by selecting options from the pulldown menus …

Bulk editor options

(Bulk Edit settings)

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

Remove from Bulk Edit

(Remove individual entries from Bulk Edit)

Customizing The Inline Editor

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

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit WP Plugin)

Download the plugin here, or install the plugin directly from your WP dashboard (search for keywords like “Quick Edit, Inline editor, etc.”) …

Find and 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 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 …

Configure the Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings

(Configure the plugin settings)

New edit fields will now appear in the Bulk/Quick Edit area …

Bulk Editor - Custom Edit Fields

(Bulk Edit – Custom Edit Fields)

For more details, go here}:

Congratulations! Now you know how to use the Quick Edit feature of WordPress to edit your posts and pages.

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