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 TutorialIn addition to content, Pages and Posts contain information about the posts or pages themselves.

For example:

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

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

This step-by-step tutorial explains how to use the WordPress Quick Edit function to quickly edit your Pages and Posts.

Important Info

For information about how to edit and delete pages and posts, see the tutorials below:

How To Use Quick Edit

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

Using The Quick Edit Feature To Edit A WordPress Post

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

Posts Menu - All Posts

(Posts – All Posts)

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

Posts Screen

(Table Of Posts)

Find the 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' feature

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

The Quick Edit inline editor expands and displays several editing options …

Quick Edit - options

(Inline editor – options)

The  inline editor section lets you edit the following post options:

WordPress Post Options - Quick Edit Screen

(Post Settings – Quick Edit)

Plus …

Post Options

(Quick Edit Screen – Post Options)

Post Settings

[1] Title – Modify your post title.

[2] Slug – Replace your post slug. Important: When editing slugs, type all letters in lowercase (use “a-z” and “0-9” only) and separate all with hyphens (e.g. “here-is-an-example-of-a-post-url”). For more information about the practical uses of this feature, see this step-by-step tutorial: Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO

[3] Date – Edit the post date and time here. Note: Use this feature to schedule your post to be published at a future date. For more information about changing dates to set post publishing schedules, go here: How To Schedule WordPress Blog Posts For Publishing Later

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple authors, use the Author pull-down menu to assign another author to your post. Note: If your website only has a single author, this setting will not be displayed. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to change post authors, go here: WordPress User Roles: Authors – A Basic Guide

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

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

[7] Categories – Use this function to change your post categories. Note: You can edit and add post categories in this section, but you cannot delete categories using the Quick Edit feature. For more information on how to add, edit, and delete categories in WordPress, see this step-by-step tutorial: Configuring Post Categories In WordPress

[8] Tags – This function allows you to set a new post tag. Note: You can add and edit tags in this section, but you cannot delete post tags using the inline editor. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial on adding, editing, and deleting WordPress tags, go here: How To Add, Edit, And Delete Tags In Posts

[9] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Tick/untick the checkboxes in this section to allow/disallow comments and pings for your post. For more information on this feature, see this tutorial: WordPress Discussion Settings

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

Inline editor - Post status pull-down menu

(Inline editor – Post status options)

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

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

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

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

Bulk Editing Post Settings Using The Quick Editor

In addition to making changes to individual posts, you can also bulk edit post settings using the inline editor.

To make bulk changes to posts using Quick Edit, choose the posts to be edited, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click Apply

Bulk editing WordPress posts

(Bulk edit posts)

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

Bulk editor section

(Bulk Edit – options)

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

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

Bulk Edit - Format Options

(Bulk Edit – Post Formats)

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 individual items from the bulk editor

(Remove posts from Bulk Edit)

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

Editing Pages With The Quick Edit Feature

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

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

WordPress Pages Menu - All Pages

(Pages – All Pages)

The Pages screen will appear, displaying all your WordPress pages …

WP Pages Table

(Table Of Pages)

Find the page you would like to edit, then hover your mouse over the item’s title to display the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

Click on the 'Quick Edit' link

(’Quick Edit’ link)

The inline editor expands and displays various editing options …

Quick Edit - Editing options

(Quick Edit screen)

The  inline editor screen lets you change a number of options on your page:

Quick Edit - WordPress Page Options

(Page Settings)

Also …

Page Options

(Page Options)

[1] Title – Use this field to edit your page titles.

[2] Slug – Change the page slug in this field. 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 – Set the date and time of your page here. Note: You can schedule your page to publish at a future date using this section.

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple page authors, use the Author pulldown menu to assign your page a new author. Note: If your site only contains one author, this setting will not display.

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

[6] Cancel – Click this button to cancel your edit and leave your changes unsaved.

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

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

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

[8] Order – Specify the order of your page on lists, menus, etc. here. Type a numerical value into this field. For example, assigning a page a value of “1” will display it before pages with a higher numerical value (e.g. “5”).

[9] Template – If your theme provides different templates for your pages, you can change the template by selecting a new one from the pull-down menu in this section.

Quick Edit - Template pull-down menu

(Inline editor – Page template feature)

[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.

Inline editor - Status pulldown menu

(Inline editor – Page status drop-down menu)

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

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

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

Bulk Editing Pages Using Quick Edit

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

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

Bulk editing pages in WordPress

(Table of Pages – Bulk edit pages)

The inline bulk editor presents all your editing options …

Quick Edit - options

(Bulk Edit section)

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

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

Comments menu

(Comments menu)

Make changes to your pages in the Bulk Edit screen by selecting options from the pulldown menus …

Bulk Edit options

(Bulk editor settings)

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

Remove items from Bulk Edit

(Removing pages from the bulk editor)

Adding Custom Settings To The Quick Editor

As well as the inline editor’s core options, you can also add custom functions to the Quick/Bulk editor using plugins, like the one shown below:

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Plugin For WordPress

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Plugin)

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

Installing 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit'

(Installing the ‘Custom Bulk/Quick Edit’ plugin)

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

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 pages and posts …

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

(Configure your plugin settings)

New edit fields will now display in your Bulk/Quick Edit screen …

Bulk Editor - Custom Edit Fields

(Bulk Editor – Custom Edit Fields)

For more details, go here}:

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

Overview Of The Inline Editor Feature Of WordPress

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