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 WPIn addition to content, Posts and Pages in WordPress include information and settings about the pages or posts themselves.

For example:

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

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

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

Useful Information

We have written tutorials about how to edit and delete posts and pages in WordPress here:

How To Use The WordPress Quick Edit Function

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

Editing A Post With The Quick Edit Function

In your Dashboard, choose Posts > All Posts

WP Posts Menu - All Posts

(WordPress Posts Menu – All Posts)

The Posts screen will appear, displaying all your posts …

Table Of Posts

(Table Of Posts)

In the Posts area, search for the entry you would like to edit, hover over the post 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 to display all of your editing options …

Quick Edit - options

(Inline editor section)

The  inline editor screen lets you edit the following details:

WordPress Post Settings

(Post Settings – Quick Edit Screen)

Plus …

WordPress Post Options

(Post Options – Quick Edit Screen)

Post Settings

[1] Title – Use this option to change the post title.

[2] Slug – Modify your post slug. Important: When editing post URLs, 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 more information about using this setting to improve your SEO, see this step-by-step tutorial: Improve Your WordPress SEO With SEO-Friendly URLs

[3] Date – This field lets you change your post date and time. Note: You can schedule your post to publish at a later date in this section. For more information about using this setting to schedule posts in WordPress, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Schedule WordPress Blog Posts For Publishing At A Future Date And Time

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple post authors, use this feature to assign the post a different author. Note: If your website or blog only contains one author, this function will not be displayed. For more information on how to change post authors, go here: WordPress User Roles – Post Authors

[5] Password -OR- Private – This section lets you password-protect your Post or make it private (hidden from visitors). For a detailed step-by-step tutorial about protecting content in WordPress, go here: How To Protect Content In Pages And Posts

[6] Cancel Button – Clicking this button cancels the edit and leaves your changes unsaved.

[7] Categories – This setting allows you to change the category of your post. Note: You can add and edit 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 post categories, go here: How To Set Up And Use WordPress Categories

[8] Tags – This section allows you to select a new post tag. Note: You can edit or add new post tags in this section, but you cannot delete tags using the Quick Edit function. To learn about adding, editing, and deleting post tags in WordPress, see this tutorial: Adding, Editing, And Deleting 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 how to manage comments and discussions on WordPress posts, go here: Configuring Discussion Settings In WordPress

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

Status dropdown menu

(Inline editor – Status options)

[11] Make this post sticky – Tick/untick the checkboxes in this section to make your posts ‘sticky’. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to make WordPress posts sticky, go here:

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

Click 'Update' after making changes to save your new post settings

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

Bulk Editing Posts In WordPress Using The Quick Editor

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

To make bulk changes to posts using the Quick 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 Apply

Bulk editing WordPress posts

(Table of Posts – Bulk edit posts in WordPress)

The inline bulk editor displays all your post settings …

Bulk Edit screen

(Bulk Edit screen)

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

For example, depending on your active theme, an option called Format may or may not display. Use the pull-down menu to change the format of your post.

Format Options

(Post Formats)

For more information on WordPress post formats, go here:

You can also remove any posts you have selected from the bulk editor by clicking on the remove icon …

Remove from Bulk Edit

(Removing posts from Bulk Edit)

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

Editing A Page With The Quick Edit Feature

Since WordPress Posts are different than WordPress Pages (to learn more about the differences, go here), Quick Edit displays a few different options when working with WordPress Pages.

Go to the WP Dashboard and choose Pages > All Pages

WordPress Pages Menu - All Pages

(Pages – All Pages)

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

Table Of Pages

(WP Pages Screen)

Search for the item you would like to edit, hover your mouse over the page 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 expands and displays several options …

Quick Edit - options

(Quick Edit – options)

The  inline editor section lets you edit a number of settings:

WordPress Page Settings - Quick Edit

(WordPress Page Settings – Quick Edit Screen)

And …

WordPress Page Settings

(WordPress Page Options)

[1] Title – Edit the title of your page here.

[2] Slug – Modify your page slug. Important: When editing page URLs, type all the letters in lowercase (use “a-z” and “0-9” only) and separate words with hyphens (e.g. here-is-an-example-of-a-page-url).

[3] Date – Edit the page date and time in this section. Note: Use this section to schedule pages to be published at a future date.

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple authors, use the Author drop-down menu to assign your page a different author. Note: If your website or blog only contains a single author, this option will not appear.

[5] Password -OR- Private – This section lets you password-protect your pages or make them private (hidden from visitors).

[6] Cancel Button – Clicking this button cancels the edit.

[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 (i.e. a subpage – see image below)  …

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

(Top-level pages and subpages are 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, a page with a value of “1” will display before pages with a higher number.

[9] Template – If your theme contains a number of templates for your pages, you can choose a new template using the pulldown Template menu.

Inline editor - Template function

(Quick Edit – Template 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 dropdown menu

(Page status dropdown menu)

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

Remember to click 'Update' after making changes to save your page settings

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

Bulk Editing Pages Using Quick Edit

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

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

Bulk edit pages

(Table of Pages – Bulk editing pages in WordPress)

The inline bulk editor expands to reveal all the options for bulk editing your pages …

Quick Edit - Editing options

(Bulk editor – options)

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

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

Comments menu

(Bulk Edit – Comments drop-down menu)

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

Bulk Edit options

(Bulk editor options)

You can also remove a specific page from Bulk Edit by clicking on the remove icon …

Remove specific pages from the bulk editor

(Remove entries from Bulk Edit)

Quick Edit Plugins

In addition to using the inline editor’s core options, you can also add custom options to Quick Edit and Bulk Edit 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 locate and install the plugin inside your plugin dashboard (search for keywords like “Quick Edit, Bulk Edit, etc.”) …

Install 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit'

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

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

Configure your plugin settings

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit – Settings)

Configure the plugin’s settings to add custom Bulk/Quick Edit options to posts and pages …

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Settings page)

After configuring the plugin’s settings, you should see new custom fields appear in your Bulk/Quick editor area …

Bulk Editor - Custom Edit Fields

(Bulk Edit – Custom Edit Fields)

For more details, go here}:

Congratulations! Now you know how to use the inline editor function (Quick Edit) in WordPress to edit information about posts and pages.

Overview Of The WordPress Inline Editor Feature

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