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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How To Use The WordPress Quick Edit Feature

WordPress Quick Edit feature.In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the WordPress Quick Edit inline editor to quickly edit your Post/Page information and settings.

If you need help editing and deleting Posts and Pages in WordPress, see the tutorials below:

WordPress Quick Edit – Overview

WordPress doesn’t just store the content of your Posts and Pages in its database, it also stores the following information and settings about your posts and pages:

  • Post/Page Title
  • Slug (the words that display in the post/page URL)
  • Post/Page publishing date
  • Post/Page Author
  • Post/Page Status (e.g. Draft, Pending Review, Private, Published, etc.)
  • Post/Page Privacy Settings (e.g. Password-protected, Private)
  • Post Categories and Tags
  • Post/Page allow comments enabled/disabled
  • Page Order number
  • etc.

If you would like to modify any of the above settings for a post or page (not the actual content), then you don’t need to open the post or page itself. Just use the Quick Edit feature of WordPress.

WordPress Quick Edit feature.
WordPress Quick Edit feature.

How To Use The WordPress Quick Edit Feature To Edit Post Settings

To modify post settings using the Quick Edit feature, log into your WordPress admin and select Posts > All Posts from the main menu.

WordPress Main Menu - Posts - All Posts
WordPress Main Menu – Posts – All Posts

This brings up the Posts screen a list of all your posts.

WordPress Table of Posts
WordPress Table of Posts

Locate the post you would like to modify, then hover over the post title to view the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link.

Quick Edit menu link
Click on the Quick Edit menu link.

The Quick Edit inline editor expands below the post title and displays the following options for editing information about your posts:

Quick Edit Post options
Quick Edit Post options.

Quick Edit – Post Options

[1] Title – Use this field to edit your post title. Note: You can have a different post title than the URL of your post (which is controlled by the post slug – see below).

[2] Slug – Use this field to modify your post slug and change the URL of your post.

Notes:

  • When editing post slugs, use letters and numbers only (e.g.”a-z” and “0-9”). WordPress removes symbols from the slug.
  • Separate words with hyphens (e.g. “like-this-example-url”).
  • WordPress automatically converts all letters to lowercase and adds hyphens to spaces between words.
  • WordPress will automatically create a slug for your post if you leave this field blank.
Quick Edit Slug field.
WordPress automatically converts your title into a post slug if you leave the field blank.

To learn about configuring URLs in WordPress, see this tutorial: How To Configure And Use WordPress Permalinks

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If you change the post slug (or plan to change a number of post URLs), you may need to add a redirection tool to prevent visitors from experiencing error pages if they click on links pointing to the old post URL.

[3] Date – This field lets you edit the date and time of your post.

Note: You can schedule your post to publish at a later date using this feature. To learn more, see this tutorial: How To Schedule Posts In WordPress

[4] Author – If your site has multiple post authors, you can use the Author dropdown menu to assign a different author to your post.

Note: If your site contains only one author, this option will not display in the Quick Edit screen. For more information about changing post authors, go here: How To Change Post Authors In WordPress

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

For more information about protecting content in WordPress, see this tutorial: How To Protect Your Content In WordPress Posts & Pages

[6] Categories – Use this field to add or change your post categories.

Note: Quick Edit lets you add and change post categories, but you cannot delete categories via the inline editor.

To learn how to add, edit, and delete post categories in WordPress, see this tutorial: How To Use Categories In WordPress

[7] Tags – Use this field to edit your post tags.

To learn how to add, edit, and delete post tags in WordPress, see this tutorial: How To Use Tags In WordPress

[8] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Check/uncheck the boxes in this section to allow/disallow commenting/pinging on your posts.

To learn more about using comments and pings in WordPress, see these tutorials:

[9] Status – Use the dropdown menu to change your Post Status (Published, Pending Review, Draft).

Quick Edit - Post status options
Quick Edit – Post status options

[10] Make this post sticky –  Check or uncheck the box in this section to make your post ‘sticky’.

Learn more about using this feature here:  How To Make WordPress Posts Sticky

[11] Cancel Button – Click this button to cancel your post information edits and leave any changes unsaved.

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

Quick Edit - Cancel and Update buttons
Click the ‘Cancel’ button to exit the Quick Edit section or click ‘Update’ to save your post settings.

Bulk Editing Post Settings Using The Quick Edit Feature

In addition to making changes to posts individually, you can also bulk edit post settings using the Quick Edit feature.

To make bulk changes to posts using the inline editor, select the posts you would like to edit ticking their checkboxes in your table of posts, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click the ‘Apply’ button.

Bulk Edit posts
Select posts to bulk edit from the Table of Posts.

The Bulk Edit inline editor will expand and display the bulk editing options for your posts.

Bulk Edit screen.
Bulk Edit screen.

Most of the bulk edit options you will see on this screen are the same as the Quick Edit screen with some minor differences.

For example, depending on your active WordPress theme, you may or may not see a Format option. If this option displays in your Bulk Edit screen, use the dropdown menu to change the format of your posts (e.g. Standard, Aside, Image, Video, Audio, Quote, Link, Gallery, etc.)

Bulk Edit screen - Post Formats
Bulk Edit screen – Post Formats

For a detailed tutorial on WordPress post formats, go here: WordPress Post Formats Explained

You can also remove selected posts from the bulk editor screen by clicking on the delete icon next to the post title.

Remove posts from Bulk Edit
Removing posts from the bulk editor.

Now that we’ve looked at using the Quick Edit feature with posts, let’s take a look at using the inline editor to edit information about your Pages.

How To Use The WordPress Quick Edit Feature To Edit Page Settings

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WordPress Posts and Pages share similar features, but there are some differences. To learn about these differences, see this tutorial: WordPress Posts vs WordPress Pages Explained

In your WordPress menu, select Pages > All Pages.

Pages Menu - All Pages
Select All Pages from the Pages menu.

This brings up your Pages screen with the Table of Pages.

Pages Screen - Table of Pages
Pages Screen – Table of Pages

Find the page that you would like to edit information about, then hover over the page title to view the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link.

Pages Screen - Quick Edit menu
Click on the Quick Edit menu link.

The inline editor will expand and display your page editing options.

Quick Edit - Page edit options.
Quick Edit – Page edit options.

Here, you can edit the following information about your page:

Quick Edit Page options.
Quick Edit Page options.

[1] Title – Edit your page title. (same as Post)

[2] Slug –  Edit your page slug. (same as Post)

[3] Date –  Edit your Page’s date and time settings. (same as Post)

[4] Author – If your site has multiple page authors, use the Author dropdown menu to assign a different author to your selected page. (Same as Post)

Quick Edit - Post/Page Authors dropdown menu.
Use the Post/Page Authors dropdown menu to change page author.

Note: If your site only has one author, this option will not display.

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

[6] Parent – Use the dropdown menu to set your page as a ‘main’ page (displays as a top-level page) or the ‘child’ page (subpage) of another page or subpage (see image below).

Nested Pages diagram
Nested Pages (Parent and Child Pages).

[7] Order – Use this function to order and reorder your pages. This affects how pages display in page lists, menus, etc.

Note: Enter a numerical value into this field. For example, a page assigned a value of “1” will display before a page with a value of “2”.

[8] Template – If your theme includes different page templates, you can change it here by selecting a new one using the dropdown menu.

Quick Edit - Page template dropdown menu.
Quick Edit – Page template dropdown menu.

[9] Allow Comments – Check/uncheck the box in this section to allow/disallow comments on your Page. (See our How To Configure Your WordPress Discussion Settings tutorial for more details)

[10] Status – Use the dropdown menu to change your Page Status (Published, Pending Review, Draft, etc.)

Page Status dropdown menu.
Page Status dropdown menu.

[11] Cancel Button – Click this button to cancel your page information edits and leave any changes unsaved.

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

Bulk Editing Page Settings Using The Quick Edit Feature

In addition to editing pages individually, you can also make bulk changes to page settings using the Quick Edit feature.

To make bulk changes to pages using the inline editor, select the pages you would like to edit ticking their checkboxes in your table of pages, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click the ‘Apply’ button.

Bulk Edit Pages
Bulk Edit Pages

The inline editor will expand and display your page editing options.

Bulk Edit - Page editing options screen.
Bulk Edit – Page editing options screen.

Most of the bulk edit options you will see on this screen are the same as the Quick Edit screen with some minor differences.

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

Bulk Edit - Comments dropdown menu.
Bulk Edit – Comments dropdown menu.

Make bulk changes to your page settings by selecting options from the dropdown menus.

Bulk Edit options - Status dropdown menu.
Bulk Edit options – Status dropdown menu.

You can also remove any pages from the Bulk Editor by clicking the remove icon next to their title.

Remove Pages From Bulk Edit.
Remove Pages From Bulk Edit.

Customizing The Quick Editor With Plugins

You can customize the Quick Edit and Bulk Editor using plugins.

Here, for example, is a plugin you can use to customize the Quick editor and Bulk editor features:

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin for WordPress.
Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin for WordPress.

The Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin lets you add additional custom options to your post and page Bulk/Quick Edit features.

You can search and install the plugin directly from your admin area (search for keywords like Quick Edit, Bulk Edit, Inline editor, etc.).

Install the 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit' plugin from your WordPress Dashboard.
Install the ‘Custom Bulk/Quick Edit’ plugin from your WordPress Dashboard.

After installing and activating the plugin, click on Settings.

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings link.
Configure your Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings.

This brings you to the Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Settings screen. Navigate and go through the tabs to configure the plugin’s settings.

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Settings screen.
Configure your Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings.

After configuring the plugin’s settings, you should see new custom edit fields display in your Bulk/Quick Edit screens.

Custom Bulk Edit fields.
Custom Bulk Edit fields.

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Note: When we last checked, this plugin hasn’t been updated for a while, but we’ve installed and tested it and it works fine.

To download or learn more about this plugin, go here: Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Plugin

Congratulations! Now you know how to use the WordPress Quick Edit feature to quickly edit information about your posts and pages.

WordPress Quick Edit Screen
WordPress Quick Edit Screen

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