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 To Use WPIn addition to content, Posts and Pages in WordPress include information and settings about the post or page itself.

For example:

  • Page/Post Title
  • Slug (i.e. the words in the page/post URL)
  • Page/Post publishing date.
  • Author of your page or post
  • Page/Post Status (e.g. Draft, Pending Review, Published, etc.)
  • Page/Post Privacy Settings (e.g. Password-protected)
  • Categories and Tags (Posts)
  • And various other settings

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

This tutorial explains how to use the Quick Edit function of WordPress to edit information about WordPress Pages and Posts.

Important Info

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

How To Use The Inline Editor Feature Of WordPress

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

How To Use Quick Edit To Edit Your Post Details

In the Dashboard menu area, select Posts > All Posts

WordPress Posts Menu - All Posts

(Posts – All Posts)

The Posts screen will appear, displaying all the posts on your site …

Table Of Posts

(Posts Table)

Locate the post entry you would like to edit, hover over the post title to display the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

'Quick Edit' feature

(’Quick Edit’ function)

The Quick Edit inline editor displays all your post editing options …

Inline Editor section

(Quick Edit – options)

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

Post Settings

(WordPress Post Settings)

Plus …

Quick Edit Screen - WordPress Post Settings

(Post Options)

WordPress Post Settings

[1] Title – Replace the title of your post.

[2] Slug – Use this field to replace your post slugs. When editing the slug, type all the letters in lowercase (use “a-z” and “0-9” only) and separate words with a hyphen (e.g. “this-is-a-post-url”). For more information about using WP permalinks/slugs, go here: How To Configure Your WordPress Permalinks

[3] Date – Change your post date and time in this section. Note: You can schedule your post to publish at a future date in this section. For a detailed tutorial about changing dates to set content publishing schedules, go here: How To Schedule Posts In WP

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple post authors, use the Author pulldown menu to assign a different author to the select post. Note: If your site only contains a single author, this option will not display. For more information about changing post authors, go here: How To Change Post Authors In WordPress

[5] Password -OR- Private – Use this section to password-protect your post or to make it private (hidden from visitors). For more information about the practical uses of this setting, see this tutorial: Protecting Content In WordPress

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

[7] Categories – Use this function to select new post categories for post items. Note: You can edit and add post categories, but you cannot delete categories for your posts using the inline editor. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to add, edit, and delete categories, go here: How To Configure Categories

[8] Tags – This section lets you set a new post tag. Note: You can edit and add post tags, but you cannot delete tags using Quick Edit. For more information on how to add, edit, and delete WordPress tags, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Configure And Use Tags

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

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

Inline editor - Post status drop-down menu

(Inline editor – Status options)

[11] Make this post sticky – Tick/untick the checkboxes in this area to make posts ‘sticky’. For more information on the practical uses of this setting, see this tutorial:

[12] Update Button – Click this button to save the changes and update your post settings.

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

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

Bulk Edit Post Settings Using The Inline Editor

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

To make bulk changes to posts using the Quick Editor, select the check boxes next to the posts you want to edit, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click Apply

Bulk edit WordPress posts

(Table of Posts – Bulk edit WordPress posts)

The inline bulk editor displays several bulk options …

Bulk Edit screen

(Bulk Edit – Editing options)

Most of the bulk edit options are identical to those listed in the regular Quick Edit screen with a few minor differences.

For example, depending on your theme, an option called Format may or may not display. Use the pulldown menu to change the post format.

Bulk Editor - Format Options

(Post Formats)

For more information about WordPress post formats, go here:

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

Remove from the bulk editor

(Removing individual items 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 pages.

How To Use The Quick Edit Feature To Edit Page Details

Since Posts are different than Pages (to learn more about the differences, see this article), the inline editor presents a few different options when you’re working with Pages.

In the Dashboard menu area, choose Pages > All Pages

Pages Menu - All Pages

(Pages – All Pages)

browser, listing all the pages on your site …

Table Of Pages

(Table Of Pages)

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

'Quick Edit' feature

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

The inline editor displays various page editing options …

Quick Edit section

(Quick Edit – options)

The  inline editor section allows you to edit the following details:

Quick Edit - Page Settings

(Page Settings – Quick Edit Screen)

Plus …

Page Options

(WordPress Page Settings)

[1] Title – Change the title of your page in this field.

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

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

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple content authors, use this feature to assign the page a new author. Note: If your website only has one author, this option will not appear.

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

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

[7] Parent – Use the pull-down menu to set your page as 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 referred to as 'parent' pages and 'child' pages

(Top-level pages and nested pages can also be referred to as ‘parent’ pages and ‘child’ pages)

[8] Order – Use this option to specify the order of your page in a page list, menu, etc. Enter a number 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 includes several page templates, you can change the template of your page by selecting a new one from the dropdown Template menu.

Inline editor - Template function

(Inline editor – 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, Private, etc.

Quick Edit - Status options

(Quick Edit – Page status options)

[12] Update – Click this button to save your changes and update your page settings.

Remember to click the 'Update' button after making changes to save 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)

Bulk Edit WordPress Pages Using The Inline Editor

In addition to making changes to individual pages, you can also bulk edit pages using the Quick Edit feature.

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

Table of Pages - Bulk edit pages in WordPress

(Bulk editing pages)

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

Inline editor - options

(Bulk Edit – options)

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

For example, the Comments feature changes from a checkbox to a drop-down 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 settings

(Bulk editor options)

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

Removing items from Bulk Edit

(Remove from the bulk editor)

Adding Custom Options To Quick Edit

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

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Plugin

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Plugin For WordPress)

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

Install 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit'

(Find and install ’Custom Bulk/Quick Edit’)

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

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin - Settings

(Configure your Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings)

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

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Settings page

(Configure your Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings)

New custom fields will now appear in your 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 feature to edit various elements of WordPress pages and posts.

How To Use The Quick Edit Feature In WordPress To Edit Your Pages And Posts

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