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.

Learn To Use WordPressIn addition to content, Pages and Posts in WordPress include information about the pages or posts themselves.

For example:

  • Post/Page Title
  • Slug (i.e. the words make up the post or page web address)
  • Date the post/page was (or is scheduled to be) published.
  • Post/Page Author
  • Page/Post Status (e.g. Draft, Private, Published, etc.)
  • Post/Page Privacy Settings (e.g. Private)
  • Tags and Categories (Posts)
  • etc.

If you want to change the information for a post or page without making the changes to the content, you can use the Quick Edit function.

This step-by-step tutorial explains how to use the WordPress Quick Edit to edit various elements of Posts and Pages.

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

How To Use The Quick Edit Function

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

How To Use The Quick Edit Function To Edit A WordPress Post

Go to the administration section and choose Posts > All Posts

WP Posts Menu - All Posts

(Posts – All Posts)

The Posts screen will load in your browser, listing all the posts on your site …

Posts Table

(Table Of Posts)

In the Posts area, search for the post item you would like to edit, hover over the post title to display the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

'Quick Edit' feature

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

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

Inline Editor - Post editing options

(Inline editor – Post editing options)

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

Quick Edit - Post Options

(WordPress Post Settings – Quick Edit)

Plus …

Post Settings

(WordPress Post Settings – Quick Edit Screen)

WordPress Post Options – Quick Edit

[1] Title – Change the title of your post.

[2] Slug – Edit your post slug in this field. Important: When editing post slugs, include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate all with hyphens (e.g. “like-this-example-url”). For more information about using this option to improve SEO, see this tutorial: Improve Your WordPress SEO With SEO-Friendly URLs

[3] Date – This field lets you edit your post date and time. Note: Use this section to schedule your post to be published at a later date. For more information about using this setting to schedule posts, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Schedule Blog Posts In WordPress

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple authors, use the Author pulldown menu to assign your post another author. Note: If your site only has a single post author, this option will not be displayed. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial about changing post authors, go here: WordPress User Roles – Post Authors

[5] Password -OR- Private – Use this feature to password-protect your posts or make them private (hidden from visitors). For more information about using this setting to protect content in posts, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Protect Content In WordPress

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

[7] Categories – This field allows you to select a new category for your posts. Note: You can edit or add new categories in this section, but you cannot delete a post category using the Quick Edit function. For a tutorial on how to add, edit, and delete WordPress post categories, go here: How To Configure Categories

[8] Tags – This area lets you set new tags for your post entries. Note: You can edit and add new tags, but you cannot delete tags for your posts using the inline editor. For a detailed tutorial on how to add, edit, and delete tags in WordPress, go here: Configuring And Using Tags In WordPress

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

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

Quick Edit - Status options

(Quick Edit – Post status pulldown menu)

[11] Make this post sticky – Tick/untick the checkboxes in this section to make the post ‘sticky’. For more information about the practical uses of this feature, see this step-by-step tutorial:

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

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

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

Bulk Edit Posts Using The Inline Editor

In addition to making changes to individual posts, you can also bulk edit settings in your posts using the Quick Editor.

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

Bulk edit posts in WordPress

(Table of Posts – Bulk editing WP posts)

The Bulk Edit feature displays several bulk options for editing your posts …

Bulk Edit screen

(Bulk editor screen)

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

For example, depending on the WordPress theme you have installed, you may see a field called Format. Use the dropdown menu to change the post format (options: Standard, Aside, Gallery, Link, Image, Quote, or Status.)

Bulk Editor - Post Formats

(Format Options)

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

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

Removing posts from the bulk editor

(Removing posts from Bulk Edit)

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

How To Use The Quick Edit Function To Edit A Page

Since WordPress Posts differ from WordPress Pages (to understand the difference, go here), the inline editor presents a few different options when you’re working with WordPress Pages.

Log into the Dashboard and click on Pages > All Pages

WordPress Pages Menu - All Pages

(Pages Menu – All Pages)

The Pages screen will appear, displaying all the pages you have created …

Table Of Pages

(Pages Screen)

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

Click on 'Quick Edit'

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

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

Inline editor screen

(Inline editor – options)

The  Quick Edit screen allows you to modify the following details about your page:

Page Settings

(WordPress Page Settings)

Plus …

Quick Edit - Page Settings

(Quick Edit – Page Options)

[1] Title – Replace your page title.

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

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

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

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

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

[7] Parent – Use the drop-down menu to specify whether your page is a ‘main’ page (displays at the top level) or a ‘child’ page (subpage) of other pages (see image below)  …

In WordPress, top-level pages and subpages can also be called 'parent' pages and 'child' pages

(Top-level pages and nested pages are also called ‘parent’ pages and ‘child’ pages)

[8] Order – Specify the order of your page on lists, menus, etc. here. Enter 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 provides multiple templates for your pages, you can select a new template from the drop-down menu in this section.

Quick Edit - Page template feature

(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.

Status pull-down menu

(Status drop-down menu)

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

Click the 'Update' button after making changes to save your new page settings

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

Bulk Edit Pages Using Quick Edit

As well as editing individual pages, you can also bulk edit page settings using Quick Edit.

To bulk edit pages, go to your Pages Table and select the page entries you want to edit, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click click the ‘Apply’ button

Table of Pages - Bulk edit WP pages

(Bulk edit pages)

The inline bulk editor displays all the options for bulk editing your pages …

Quick Edit - Editing options

(Bulk Edit – Page editing options)

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

For example, the Comments option changes from a checkbox to a pull-down menu …

Bulk editor - Comments

(Comments menu)

Make changes to your page settings in the Bulk editor section by selecting options from the dropdown menus …

Bulk Edit settings

(Bulk Edit settings)

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

Remove from the bulk editor

(Remove individual entries from Bulk Edit)

Quick Edit Plugins

In addition to the inline editor’s core options, you can add custom settings to the Quick editor and Bulk editor using plugins, like the one shown below:

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit - WordPress Plugin

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Plugin)

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

Installing 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit'

(Installing ’Custom Bulk/Quick Edit’)

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

Configure your Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings

(Configure your Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings)

Configure settings to add custom options to posts and pages …

Configure your Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings

(Configure your plugin settings)

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

Bulk Edit - Custom Edit Fields

(Bulk Edit – Custom Edit Fields)

For more details, go here}:

Congratulations, now you know how to use the Quick Edit function of WordPress to edit various elements of pages and posts.

Using The Inline Editor Function In WordPress

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