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.

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

For example:

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

If you want to modify the above settings for a page or post without changing the page or post content, you can simply use the Quick Edit feature.

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

Important Info

For more information about editing and deleting pages and posts in WordPress, see the tutorials below:

How To Use The Quick Edit Function Of WordPress

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

Editing Your Post Details With The Quick Edit Feature

Log into your WordPress dashboard, then go to your navigation menu and select choose Posts > All Posts

Posts Menu - All Posts

(Posts – All Posts)

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

Posts Table

(Table Of Posts)

Find the entry you want to edit, then hover over the title of your post 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 displays all the options for editing your post …

Quick Edit section

(Quick Edit – options)

The  Quick Edit screen lets you edit the following options on your post:

Quick Edit Screen - WordPress Post Settings

(WordPress Post Settings – Quick Edit)

And …

Post Settings

(WordPress Post Options)

Quick Edit – WordPress Post Options

[1] Title – This option lets you replace the title of your post.

[2] Slug – Use this field to change your post slugs. Important: When editing slugs, make sure to include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate words with hyphens (e.g. “best-3-parenting-tips”). For more information about using this setting to improve your SEO, see this tutorial: Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO

[3] Date – Change the post date and time here. Note: Use this section to schedule posts to be published at a later date. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial about changing post dates to automate content publishing times, go here: How To Schedule Blog Posts In WordPress

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

[5] Password -OR- Private – This section lets you password-protect your Post or make it private (hidden from visitors). For more information about using this option to protect content in posts, see this step-by-step tutorial: Protecting Content In WordPress

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

[7] Categories – This function allows you to specify new categories for post entries. Note: You can edit or add categories in this section, but you cannot delete categories using Quick Edit. For a tutorial on adding, editing, and deleting categories in WordPress, go here: How To Configure And Use Categories

[8] Tags – Use this area to set a new tag for your posts. Note: You can edit and add new post tags in this section, but you cannot delete a tag for your posts using the Quick Edit function. For a detailed tutorial on adding, editing, and deleting tags, go here: How To Configure Post Tags

[9] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Check/uncheck the boxes in this section to allow/disallow pings and comments for your posts. For more information about this feature, see this tutorial: WordPress Site Configuration – Discussion Settings

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

Quick Edit - Status options

(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 setting, see this step-by-step tutorial:

[12] Update Button – Clicking ‘Update’ saves your edit.

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

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

Bulk Editing Posts Using The Inline Editor

As well as editing individual posts, you can also bulk edit posts using the Quick Editor.

To make bulk changes to posts using the Quick Editor, go to your list of posts and choose the post entries you want to edit, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click Apply

Table of Posts - Bulk edit posts

(Table of Posts – Bulk edit WP posts)

The Bulk editor presents all of your editing options …

Bulk Edit section

(Bulk editor section)

Most of the bulk edit options are the same as those listed in the Quick Edit screen with a few differences.

For example, depending on your WordPress theme, you may see a field called Format. Use the drop-down menu to change the format of your post.

Bulk Edit - Post Formats

(Bulk editor – Post Formats)

For more information about WordPress post formats, go here:

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

Removing individual posts from Bulk Edit

(Remove specific items from Bulk Edit)

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

Editing A WordPress Page With Quick Edit

Since Posts differ from Pages (to understand the difference, see this tutorial), Quick Edit displays a few different options when working with WP Pages.

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

Pages - All Pages

(Pages – All Pages)

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

Table Of Pages

(Pages Table)

In the Pages screen, locate the entry you would like to edit, then 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 inline editor displays various options for editing your page …

Quick Edit - Editing options

(Inline editor – Page editing options)

The  inline editor screen lets you edit a number of page options:

Quick Edit Screen - WordPress Page Settings

(Quick Edit – WordPress Page Settings)

Plus …

Page Options

(Page Options – Quick Edit)

[1] Title – This option lets you change your page title.

[2] Slug – Use this field to change your page slugs. Important: When editing slugs, 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-page-url).

[3] Date – This field lets you change the page date and time. Note: You can schedule pages to publish at a later date using this section.

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

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

[6] Cancel – Clicking this button cancels your edit.

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

Top-level pages and nested pages are referred to as 'parent' pages and 'child' pages

(Top-level pages and subpages are referred to as ‘parent’ pages and ‘child’ pages)

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

[9] Template – If your theme comes with multiple templates for your pages, you can select a new template from the pulldown Template menu.

Quick Edit - Template function

(Quick Edit – Template drop-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, Private, etc.

Status pulldown menu

(Quick Edit – Page status dropdown menu)

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

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

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

Bulk Edit Pages Using The Inline Editor

As well as making changes to individual pages, you can also bulk edit page settings using the Quick Edit feature.

To bulk edit pages, choose the pages you want to edit, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click click the ‘Apply’ button

Table of Pages - Bulk editing pages in WordPress

(Table of Pages – Bulk edit WP pages)

The Bulk Edit feature presents a number of bulk options for editing your pages …

Quick Edit screen

(Bulk Edit screen)

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

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

Bulk Edit - Comments menu

(Bulk Edit – Comments)

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

Bulk editor options

(Bulk Edit settings)

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

Remove entries from Bulk Edit

(Remove items from Bulk Edit)

Adding Custom Options To Quick Edit

In addition to using the inline editor’s core options, you can customize Quick/Bulk Edit using plugins, like the one shown below:

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit WP Plugin

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Plugin)

Install the Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin inside your dashboard (search for keywords like “Quick Edit, Inline editor, etc.”) …

Install 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit'

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

After installing and activating the plugin, configure the plugin settings …

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin - Settings

(Configure your Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings)

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

Configure the Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Settings screen)

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

Bulk Edit - 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 quickly edit your posts and pages.

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