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 TutorialPages and Posts not only contain content but also information about the posts or pages themselves.

For example:

  • Title of the page/post
  • Slug (i.e. the words that appear in the page or post URL)
  • Date the page or post was published.
  • Page/Post Author
  • Page/Post Status (e.g. Draft, Published, etc.)
  • Post/Page Privacy Settings (e.g. Private)
  • Post Categories and Tags
  • And various other settings

The Quick Edit function is an inline editor that lets you change a number of settings quickly in Pages and Posts without having to open the page or post itself.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the inline editor function (Quick Edit) in WordPress to edit WordPress Pages and Posts.

Useful Information

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

How To Use Quick Edit

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

Editing A WordPress Post With The Quick Edit Feature

Log into the WordPress Dashboard and click on Posts > All Posts

Posts - All Posts

(WordPress Posts Menu – All Posts)

This brings up the Posts screen, which displays all the posts you have created …

Table Of Posts

(Posts Screen)

Find the item you want to edit, then hover your mouse over the post title to display the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

Click on the 'Quick Edit' link

(’Quick Edit’ feature)

The inline editor expands to display various post editing options …

Inline Editor - Post editing options

(Quick Edit – options)

The  inline editor section allows you to modify the following options:

Quick Edit Screen - WordPress Post Options

(Post Options – Quick Edit Screen)

Also …

Quick Edit - Post Options

(WordPress Post Settings)

Post Settings

[1] Title – Use this field to replace your post titles.

[2] Slug – Change the post slug in this field. Important: When editing slugs, include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate all with hyphens (e.g. “this-is-a-post-url”). For more information about using slugs and permalinks, go here: How To Improve Your WordPress SEO With SEO-Friendly URLs

[3] Date – Set the date and time of your post here. Note: Use this section to schedule your post to be published at a future date. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to change dates to schedule posts, go here: How To Schedule WP Blog Posts

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple post authors, use this option to assign a new author to the post. Note: If your website only has a single author, this function will not appear. For more information about changing post authors, go here: WordPress User Roles: Post Authors – A Tutorial

[5] Password -OR- Private – This section lets you password-protect your Post or make it private (hidden from visitors). For a detailed tutorial on how to protect content in WordPress, go here: WordPress Content Protection For Pages And Posts

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

[7] Categories – Use this function to specify a new category for your posts. Note: You can add and edit post categories in this section, but you cannot delete a post category using the inline editor. For a detailed tutorial on adding, editing, and deleting categories, go here: How To Set Up Categories

[8] Tags – This section allows you to select a new post tag. Note: You can add and edit tags, but you cannot delete a post tag using the Quick Edit feature. To learn how to add, edit, and delete tags in WordPress, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Set Up Tags In WordPress

[9] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Tick/untick the checkboxes in this section to allow/disallow comments and pings for your posts. For a detailed tutorial on how to manage comments on WordPress posts, go here: Configuring Discussion Settings In WordPress

[10] Status – Use the dropdown menu to change the Status of your Post.

Inline editor - Post status pull-down menu

(Status drop-down menu)

[11] Make this post sticky – Tick or untick the checkboxes in this section to make your post ‘sticky’. For more information about using this setting, see this tutorial:

[12] Update – Clicking this button saves your changes.

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

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

Bulk Edit Posts Using The Quick Editor

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

To bulk edit posts, go to your Posts Table 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 WordPress posts

(Bulk edit posts in WordPress)

The Bulk Edit feature expands to reveal your post editing options …

Bulk Edit screen

(Bulk editor screen)

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

For example, depending on your theme, an option called Format may or may not display. Use the dropdown menu to change the format of your post (options: Standard, Aside, Gallery, Link, Image, Quote, or Status.)

Bulk Edit - Format Options

(Post Formats)

For more information about WordPress post formats, go here:

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

Remove specific posts from Bulk Edit

(Removing specific entries from the bulk editor)

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

Editing WordPress Page Details With The Quick Edit Feature

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

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

Pages - All Pages

(Pages Menu – All Pages)

The Pages screen will appear, displaying all the pages on your site …

Pages Screen

(Pages Screen)

In the Pages area, search for the page item you would like to edit, then hover over the item’s title to display the options menu and click on Quick Edit

Click on 'Quick Edit'

(’Quick Edit’ function)

The inline editor expands and displays several page editing options …

Quick Edit screen

(Quick Edit – options)

The  inline editor section allows you to edit a number of details:

Page Settings - Quick Edit

(Page Options – Quick Edit)

And …

WordPress Page Options - Quick Edit Screen

(WordPress Page Settings – Quick Edit Screen)

[1] Title – Use this option to change the title of your pages.

[2] Slug – Use this field to replace your page slug. When editing the slug, make sure to include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate words with hyphens (e.g. like-this-example-url).

[3] Date – This field lets you set the date and time of your page. Note: Use this feature to schedule pages to publish at a future date.

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple authors, use the Author drop-down menu to assign the page another author. Note: If your site only contains one author, this setting will not be displayed.

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

[6] Cancel Button – Click this button to cancel your 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)  …

In WordPress, top-level pages and subpages are also called 'parent' pages and 'child' pages

(Top-level pages and nested pages are called ‘parent’ pages and ‘child’ pages)

[8] Order – Specify the order of your page on lists, menus, etc. Enter a number into this field. For example, a page with a value of “1” will display above pages with a higher number (e.g. “2”).

[9] Template – If your theme comes with several page templates, you can choose a new template using the dropdown Template menu.

Quick Edit - Template dropdown menu

(Inline editor – 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.

Page status pulldown menu

(Status pull-down menu)

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

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

Bulk Edit WordPress Pages Using The Quick Edit Feature

As well as editing individual pages, you can also bulk edit pages using the Quick Edit feature.

To make bulk changes to pages using the Quick Edit function, select the items you want to edit, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click Apply

Bulk edit WordPress pages

(Bulk edit WP pages)

The inline bulk editor presents all of the editing options …

Quick Edit section

(Bulk editor section)

Most of these settings 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 pulldown menu …

Comments menu

(Bulk editor – Comments)

Edit your pages in the Bulk editor section by selecting options from the pulldown menus …

Bulk Edit options

(Bulk Edit options)

You can also remove any selected items from the bulk editor by clicking on the delete icon …

Removing entries from the bulk editor

(Remove pages from Bulk Edit)

Customizing The Quick Editor

In addition to using the inline editor’s built-in settings, you can customize the Quick editor and Bulk editor using plugins. For example, here’s a plugin you can use to customize the Quick/Bulk editor:

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit - WordPress Plugin

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit)

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

Install the 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit' plugin

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

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 options to posts and pages …

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Settings screen

(Configure your Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings)

New edit fields will now appear in the Bulk/Quick Edit area …

Bulk Editor - Custom Edit Fields

(Bulk Editor – Custom Edit Fields)

For more details, go here}:

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

How To Use The WordPress Quick Edit Feature

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