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 For BeginnersPages and Posts in WordPress not only contain content but also information about the pages or posts themselves.

For example:

  • Title of your page or post
  • Slug (i.e. the words that display in the page/post URL)
  • Date the post/page was (or is scheduled to be) published.
  • Author of the page or post
  • Page/Post Status (e.g. Draft, Published, etc.)
  • Page/Post Privacy Settings (e.g. Private)
  • Post Tags and Categories
  • etc.

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

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

Important Info

We have written detailed step-by-step tutorials on editing and deleting posts and pages in WordPress here:

How To Use Quick Edit

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

Using Quick Edit To Edit WordPress Posts

In the WP administration section, click on Posts > All Posts

Posts - All Posts

(Posts Menu – All Posts)

The Posts screen will appear, displaying all your WordPress posts …

Table Of Posts

(Table Of Posts)

Find the entry you would like to edit, hover over the post 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 expands to display various options …

Quick Edit section

(Inline editor section)

The  inline editor section allows you to edit the following items about your post:

WordPress Post Options

(Quick Edit Screen – WordPress Post Options)

Also …

WordPress Post Settings

(WordPress Post Options – Quick Edit)

Quick Edit – Post Options

[1] Title – Use this option to edit your post titles.

[2] Slug – Modify your post slug. When editing post URLs, include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate words with hyphens (e.g. “like-this-example-url”). For a detailed step-by-step tutorial about the benefits of using post slugs in WordPress, go here: Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO

[3] Date – Change the date and time of your post here. Note: You can schedule your post to be published at a future date using this option. For more information about changing dates to schedule post publishing, go here: Scheduling WordPress Posts

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple post authors, use this option to assign your post another author. Note: If your website or blog only has one post author, this setting will not be displayed. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to change post authors, go here: How To Use Authors In WordPress

[5] Password -OR- Private – This section lets you password-protect posts or make them private (hidden from visitors). For more information about protecting content in WordPress, go here: Protecting Content In WordPress

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

[7] Categories – This function allows you to edit the category of your post. Note: You can edit or add new categories, but you cannot delete categories for your post using the inline editor. For a step-by-step tutorial on adding, editing, and deleting categories in WordPress, go here: How To Set Up And Use Categories

[8] Tags – Use this function to change the tags of your post. Note: You can add and edit post tags, but you cannot delete post tags using the Quick Edit feature. To learn how to add, edit, and delete WordPress tags, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Configure Tags In WP Posts

[9] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Check/uncheck the boxes in this area to allow/disallow pings and comments for your post. For more information on the practical uses of this setting, see this step-by-step tutorial: WP Site Configuration – Discussion Settings

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

Status dropdown menu

(Inline editor – Status options)

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

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

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

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

Bulk Editing Post Settings In WordPress Using The Inline Editor

As well as editing individual posts, you can also bulk edit post settings using the inline editor.

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

Table of Posts - Bulk editing posts in WordPress

(Table of Posts – Bulk editing posts in WordPress)

The Bulk editor displays all of your post settings …

Bulk editor - options

(Bulk editor – Editing options)

Most of these options are the same as those shown in the Quick Edit screen with a few minor differences.

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

Bulk Edit - Format Options

(Bulk editor – Format Options)

For more information about WordPress post formats, go here:

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

Remove individual items from the bulk editor

(Remove from the bulk editor)

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

Editing Page Details With Quick Edit

Since Posts differ from Pages (to learn more about the differences, go here), the Quick Edit feature displays a few different options when you’re working with Pages.

In your main menu of your administration area, click on Pages > All Pages

WP Pages Menu - All Pages

(Pages – All Pages)

The Pages screen will appear, displaying all your pages …

Pages Table

(WP Pages Table)

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

Click on 'Quick Edit'

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

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

Inline editor - options

(Inline editor section)

The  Quick Edit screen allows you to change the following settings:

Quick Edit Screen - Page Settings

(Page Options – Quick Edit Screen)

Also …

Page Settings

(Quick Edit Screen – Page Options)

[1] Title – Use this option to replace your page titles.

[2] Slug – Edit the page slug. When editing the slug, 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 – This field lets you edit the date and time of your page. Note: Use this feature to schedule pages to be published at a future date.

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple content authors, use this function to assign the page another author. Note: If your site only contains a single author, this function will not display.

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

[6] Cancel Button – Clicking this button abandons your edit.

[7] Parent – Use the drop-down menu to set your page as a ‘main’ page (top level page) or a ‘child’ page (subpage) of another page or subpage (see diagram below)  …

Top-level pages and subpages can also be referred to as 'parent' pages and 'child' pages

(Main pages and subpages can also be 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 above a page with a value of “2”.

[9] Template – If your theme comes with several templates for your pages, you can choose a new template from the drop-down Template menu.

Quick Edit - Template pulldown menu

(Quick Edit – Template pull-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.

Inline editor - Status options

(Status drop-down menu)

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

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

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

Bulk Edit WordPress Pages Using The Inline Editor

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

To bulk edit pages, select 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 Pages - Bulk edit WP pages

(Table of Pages – Bulk editing WordPress pages)

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

Inline editor section

(Bulk editor section)

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

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

Bulk editor - Comments

(Comments menu)

Change your page settings in the Bulk Edit section by selecting options from the dropdown menus …

Bulk editor settings

(Bulk editor options)

You can also remove any pages from Bulk Edit by clicking on the remove icon next to the page title …

Remove from the bulk editor

(Remove specific entries from the bulk editor)

Quick Edit Plugins

As well as using the inline editor’s core options, you can add custom options to the Quick editor and Bulk editor using plugins. For example, here’s a plugin you can use to add custom functions to the Quick/Bulk editor:

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit – WordPress Plugin)

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

Install the 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit' plugin

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

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

Configure the plugin settings

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit – Settings)

Configure settings to add custom options to posts and pages …

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Settings

(Configure the plugin settings)

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

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 information about WordPress pages and posts.

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