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.

WordPress TutorialIn addition to content, WordPress Posts and Pages contain information and settings about the page or post itself.

For example:

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

Quick Edit is an inline editor that lets you edit a number of WordPress Page and Post settings without having to open the page or post itself.

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

Important

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

How To Use Quick Edit

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

How To Use The Quick Edit Feature To Edit Your Post Details

Go to the admin section and choose Posts > All Posts

Posts - All Posts

(Posts Menu – All Posts)

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

Table Of Posts

(Table Of Posts)

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

Click on the 'Quick Edit' link

(’Quick Edit’ feature)

The Quick Edit inline editor displays all your editing options …

Inline Editor - Editing options

(Quick Edit section)

The  inline editor screen allows you to change the following settings:

WordPress Post Options

(WordPress Post Options – Quick Edit)

And …

Post Settings - Quick Edit

(Post Settings – Quick Edit)

WordPress Post Options

[1] Title – Use this field to edit the title of your post.

[2] Slug – Use this field to modify the post slug. When editing post slugs, include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate words with a hyphen (e.g. “like-this-example-url”). For more information about using this option to improve your SEO, see this tutorial: Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO

[3] Date – Set the date and time of your post here. Note: Use this option to schedule posts to publish at a later date. For more information about changing post dates to set content publishing times, go here: How To Schedule WP Blog Posts

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple post authors, use the Author dropdown menu to assign a new author to your select post. Note: If your site only contains a single post author, this function will not display. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial about changing post authors, go here: How To Use Authors In WordPress

[5] Password -OR- Private – Use this feature to password-protect your post or to make it private (hidden from visitors). For more information about using this setting to protect content in posts, see this step-by-step tutorial: WordPress Content Protection For Pages And Posts

[6] Cancel Button – Click the ‘Cancel’ button to abandon your edit.

[7] Categories – Use this setting to edit your post categories. Note: You can edit and add new categories in this section, but you cannot delete a post category using the inline editor. For more information about adding, editing, and deleting WordPress post categories, see this step-by-step tutorial: Configuring Post Categories In WordPress

[8] Tags – Use this function to select new post tags for post entries. Note: You can add and change tags, but you cannot delete a post tag using the Quick Edit function. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to add, edit, and delete post tags in WordPress, go here: Configuring Tags In Posts

[9] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Check or uncheck the boxes in this section to allow/disallow pings and comments for your posts. For more information about using this option to protect content in your WordPress posts, see this step-by-step tutorial: WP Setup – Discussion Settings

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

Status drop-down menu

(Post status pull-down menu)

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

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

Remember to click 'Update' after making changes to save your new post settings

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

Bulk Edit Posts In WordPress Using The Quick Edit Feature

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

To make bulk changes to posts using the Quick Edit function, 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 …

Table of Posts - Bulk edit WP posts

(Table of Posts – Bulk edit WordPress posts)

The Bulk Edit feature presents several bulk editing options …

Bulk Edit section

(Bulk editor screen)

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

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

Post Formats

(Bulk Edit – Post Formats)

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

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

Remove from the bulk editor

(Remove from the bulk editor)

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

Editing Page Details With Quick Edit

Since Posts differ from Pages (to understand the difference, go here), the Quick Edit feature displays slightly different options when you are editing with WordPress Pages.

In the main menu section of your WordPress Dashboard, choose Pages > All Pages

WordPress Pages Menu - All Pages

(Pages Menu – All Pages)

The Pages screen will load in your browser, displaying a table containing all the pages you have created …

Table Of Pages

(Pages Table)

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

'Quick Edit' function

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

The inline editor displays various options …

Quick Edit screen

(Quick Edit – options)

The  inline editor section allows you to change a number of details:

Page Settings

(WordPress Page Options – Quick Edit Screen)

Plus …

WordPress Page Options

(Page Settings)

[1] Title – Use this field to edit the title of your pages.

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

[3] Date – This field lets you change the date and time of your page. Note: You can schedule your page to publish at a future date in this section.

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple authors, use the Author drop-down menu to assign a different author to your page. Note: If your website only has one author, this function will not be displayed.

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

[6] Cancel Button – Click the ‘Cancel’ button to abandon your edit and leave your changes unsaved.

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

Top-level pages and nested pages can also be called 'parent' pages and 'child' pages

(In WordPress, 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 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 provides several page templates, you can change templates from the dropdown Template menu.

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, Draft, etc.

Status pull-down menu

(Page status dropdown menu)

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

Click 'Update' after making changes to save your page settings

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

Bulk Edit Pages Using The Quick Edit Function

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

To make bulk changes to pages using the inline editor, 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 WP pages

(Bulk editing pages in WordPress)

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

Quick Edit screen

(Bulk editor screen)

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

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

Comments menu

(Comments menu)

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

Bulk Edit options

(Bulk editor options)

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

Removing entries from the bulk editor

(Removing specific pages from the bulk editor)

Adding Custom Options To The Quick Editor

In addition to the inline editor’s built-in features, you can also 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)

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

Locate and install 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit'

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

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

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin - Settings

(Configure the Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings)

Configure settings to add custom Bulk/Quick Edit options to posts and pages …

Configure your plugin settings

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Settings)

After configuring the plugin’s options, you should see new custom edit fields displayed in the Bulk/Quick editor screen …

Bulk Editor - Custom Edit Fields

(Bulk Editor – Custom Edit Fields)

For more details, go here}:

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

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