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 WPPosts and Pages in WordPress not only contain content but also information about the page or post itself.

For example:

  • Title of the page or post
  • Slug (i.e. the words that display in the post or page web address)
  • Date the page or post was (or is scheduled to be) published.
  • Page/Post Author
  • Post/Page Status (e.g. Draft, Published, etc.)
  • Page/Post Privacy Settings (e.g. Password-protected)
  • Post Tags and Categories
  • And various other settings

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

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

Useful Info

For more information on how to edit and delete posts and pages in WordPress, see the tutorials below:

How To Use The Inline Editor Feature

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

How To Use Quick Edit To Edit Post Details

In the Dashboard menu, select Posts > All Posts

Posts - All Posts

(Posts – All Posts)

This brings up the Posts screen, which displays all your posts …

Table Of Posts

(Table Of Posts)

Search for the post you would like to edit, then hover over the post title to display the options menu and click on Quick Edit

Click on 'Quick Edit'

(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)

The inline editor displays your editing options …

Quick Edit - Editing options

(Quick Edit – options)

The  Quick Edit section lets you edit the following settings:

Post Settings

(Quick Edit – WordPress Post Options)

Also …

WordPress Post Options - Quick Edit Screen

(Post Options – Quick Edit Screen)

WordPress Post Settings – Quick Edit Screen

[1] Title – This option lets you change your post titles.

[2] Slug – Use this field to change your post slugs. When editing slugs, type all the letters in lowercase (use “a-z” and “0-9” only) and separate words with hyphens (e.g. “top-5-business-tips”). For more information on this setting, see this tutorial: How To Improve Your WordPress SEO Using Permalinks

[3] Date – Change the post date and time here. Note: You can schedule posts to be published at a later date using 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

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple authors, use the Author pulldown menu to assign your post another author. Note: If your site only has a single post author, this setting will not appear. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial about changing post authors, go here: WordPress User Roles: Authors – A Step-By-Step Tutorial

[5] Password -OR- Private – This section lets you password-protect posts or make them private (hidden from visitors). For more information about using this option to protect content in your posts, see this tutorial: WordPress Content Protection For Posts And Pages

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

[7] Categories – Use this function to select new categories for post entries. Note: You can add and change categories in this section, but you cannot delete categories using the Quick Edit feature. For more information on how to add, edit, and delete WordPress categories, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Set Up And Use WP Post Categories

[8] Tags – Use this field to select a new post tag. Note: You can edit or add post tags, but you cannot delete a post tag using Quick Edit. For a detailed tutorial on how to add, edit, and delete WordPress tags, go here: How To Add, Edit, And Delete Tags In WP Posts

[9] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Tick/untick the checkboxes in this area to allow/disallow pings and comments for your posts. For more information on this setting, see this step-by-step tutorial: WordPress Discussion Settings

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

Status pulldown menu

(Inline editor – Post status options)

[11] Make this post sticky – Tick/untick the checkboxes in this area to make posts ‘sticky’. For more information about using this option, see this tutorial:

[12] Update Button – Click this button to save your edit.

Remember to click the 'Update' button after making changes to save your new post settings

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

Bulk Editing WP Posts Using The Quick Editor

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

To bulk edit posts, select the check boxes next to the items 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)

The inline bulk editor expands and presents a number of bulk post editing options …

Bulk Edit section

(Bulk Edit screen)

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

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

Bulk Edit - Format Options

(Bulk Edit – Format Options)

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 individual entries from the bulk editor

(Remove from the bulk editor)

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

Using Quick Edit To Edit Pages

Since WordPress Posts are different than WordPress Pages (to understand the difference, go here), Quick Edit presents a few different options when you’re editing with Pages.

Go to your Dashboard and choose Pages > All Pages

Pages Menu - All Pages

(WP Pages Menu – All Pages)

This brings up the Pages screen, which displays all the pages on your site …

Pages Table

(WordPress Pages Screen)

Locate the page 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 ‘Quick Edit’)

The Quick Edit inline editor expands to display your page editing options …

Quick Edit screen

(Inline editor screen)

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

Page Settings - Quick Edit

(Page Settings – Quick Edit)

Also …

Quick Edit Screen - WordPress Page Settings

(Quick Edit – WordPress Page Settings)

[1] Title – Change the page title.

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

[3] Date – This field lets you change your page date and time. Note: Use this option to schedule pages to be published at a future date.

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple authors, use the Author dropdown menu to assign the page a new author. Note: If your website only has a single author, this option will not be displayed.

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

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

[7] Parent – Use the pull-down menu to set your page as a ‘main’ page (displays at the top level) or a ‘child’ page (i.e. a subpage – see below)  …

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

(Top-level pages and nested pages can also be 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 before a page with a value of “2”.

[9] Template – If your theme includes multiple templates for your pages, you can change templates from the drop-down Template menu.

Inline editor - Page template feature

(Inline editor – Template pull-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, Draft, etc.

Page status dropdown menu

(Status dropdown menu)

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

Click the 'Update' button after making changes to save your page settings

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

Bulk Editing WordPress Pages Using The Quick Edit Function

As well as making changes to individual pages, you can also bulk edit pages using the Quick Editor.

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

Table of Pages - Bulk edit WordPress pages

(Bulk editing WP pages)

The inline bulk editor displays all of the options for bulk editing your pages …

Inline editor - options

(Bulk Edit section)

Most of these settings are identical to those shown in the regular 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 pages in the Bulk editor screen by selecting options from the pull-down menus …

Bulk editor settings

(Bulk editor options)

You can also remove a specific page entry from the bulk editor function by clicking on the delete icon next to the page title …

Remove entries from Bulk Edit

(Remove entries from the bulk editor)

Quick Edit Plugins

In addition to the inline editor’s built-in settings, you can add custom functions to the Quick/Bulk editor using plugins, like the one shown below:

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit)

Download the plugin here, or locate and install the plugin directly from your plugin dashboard (search for keywords like “Quick Edit, Inline editor, etc.”) …

Install 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit'

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

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

Configure your Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings

(Configure your plugin settings)

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

Configure your plugin settings

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit)

New custom fields will now appear in your Bulk/Quick Edit screen …

Bulk Editor - Custom Edit Fields

(Bulk Edit – Custom Edit Fields)

For more details, go here}:

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

How To Use The Quick Edit Feature In WordPress

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