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 WordPressIn addition to content, WordPress Pages and Posts contain information about the posts or pages themselves.

For example:

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

Quick Edit is an inline editor that allows you to modify a number of settings quickly in your Posts and Pages without having to open the post or page itself.

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

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

How To Use The Inline Editor Feature Of WordPress

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

Editing A Post With The Inline Editor

In the Dashboard, select Posts > All Posts

Posts Menu - All Posts

(Posts – All Posts)

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

Posts Table

(WP Posts Table)

Search for the item you want to edit, then hover your mouse over the title of the post to display the options menu and click on Quick Edit

'Quick Edit' function

(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)

The inline editor displays the options for editing your post …

Quick Edit screen

(Quick Edit – options)

The  Quick Edit screen allows you to modify a number of settings:

WordPress Post Options - Quick Edit Screen

(Quick Edit – WordPress Post Options)

Also …

WordPress Post Settings - Quick Edit

(Quick Edit Screen – Post Options)

WordPress Post Options

[1] Title – Change the post title.

[2] Slug – Use this field to edit your post slug. When editing the slug, type all letters in lowercase (use “a-z” and “0-9” only) and separate words with a hyphen (e.g. “best-10-dieting-tips”). For more information about the benefits of using post slugs in WordPress, go here: Improve Your WordPress SEO Using SEO-Friendly URLs

[3] Date – Edit your post date and time in this section. Note: Use this option to schedule your post to be published at a future date. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to change post dates to set content publishing schedules, go here: How To Schedule WordPress Posts

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple authors, use the Author dropdown menu to assign your post a different author. Note: If your site only has a single author, this option will not appear. For a detailed tutorial on how to change post authors, go here: Using Post Authors In WordPress

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

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

[7] Categories – This function allows you to specify a new category for your post. Note: You can edit and add categories, but you cannot delete post categories using the Quick Edit function. For a tutorial on how to add, edit, and delete categories, go here: Using WordPress Post Categories

[8] Tags – Use this setting to set new tags for post entries. Note: You can add or edit tags, but you cannot delete post tags using Quick Edit. For more information on how to add, edit, and delete post tags, see this tutorial: Configuring And Using Tags In WordPress Posts

[9] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Tick or untick the checkboxes in this area to allow/disallow comments and pings for your post. For more information about using this feature to protect content in posts, see this tutorial: WordPress Discussion Settings

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

Quick Edit - Post status dropdown menu

(Post status pull-down menu)

[11] Make this post sticky – Tick or untick the checkboxes in this area to make your posts ‘sticky’. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to make WordPress posts sticky, go here:

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

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

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

Bulk Editing Posts Using The Quick Edit Function

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

To make bulk changes to posts using the inline editor, select the posts 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 editing posts)

The Bulk editor presents all the editing options …

Bulk editor - Editing options

(Bulk editor – options)

Most of the bulk edit settings are identical to those listed in the Quick Edit screen with minor differences.

For example, depending on your active theme, you may see an option called Format. Use the dropdown menu to change the post format (options: Standard, Aside, Gallery, Link, Image, Quote, or Status.)

Post Formats

(Bulk editor – Post Formats)

For more information on WordPress post formats, go here:

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

Remove specific posts from the bulk editor

(Remove from the bulk editor)

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

Editing WordPress Page Details With Quick Edit

Since Posts are different than Pages (to understand the difference, see this article), Quick Edit presents slightly different options when you are editing with WordPress Pages.

Log into your WP Dashboard and select Pages > All Pages

Pages - All Pages

(Pages Menu – All Pages)

The Pages screen will appear, displaying all your WordPress pages …

Pages Screen

(Pages Table)

Search for the page item you would like to edit, hover your mouse over the page title to view the options menu and click on Quick Edit

'Quick Edit' function

(’Quick Edit’ link)

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

Quick Edit section

(Quick Edit – Editing options)

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

Quick Edit - Page Settings

(Quick Edit Screen – Page Settings)

And …

Page Settings - Quick Edit

(WordPress Page Options – Quick Edit Screen)

[1] Title – Change the title of your pages.

[2] Slug – Use this field to modify your page slugs. Important: 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 – This field lets you set your page date and time. Note: Use this setting to schedule your page to publish at a future date.

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple authors, use the Author pulldown menu to assign the page a new author. Note: If your site only contains a single author, this function will not be displayed.

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

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

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

Top-level pages and subpages are also called 'parent' pages and 'child' pages

(Main pages and nested pages are also called ‘parent’ pages and ‘child’ pages)

[8] Order – Specify the order of your page on lists, menus, etc. Type a numerical value 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 comes with multiple templates for your pages, you can change templates from the pulldown Template menu.

Inline editor - Template dropdown menu

(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, Pending Review, etc.

Page status pull-down menu

(Quick Edit – Status pull-down menu)

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

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

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

Bulk Editing WordPress Pages Using The Quick Edit Feature

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

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

Bulk edit WordPress pages

(Bulk edit pages in WordPress)

The Bulk editor displays several bulk options for editing your pages …

Quick Edit - Page editing options

(Bulk Edit – options)

Most of the bulk edit settings are the same as those listed in the Quick Edit screen with some minor differences.

For example, the Comments function changes from a checkbox to a dropdown menu …

Bulk editor - Comments

(Bulk Edit – Comments)

Change your pages in the Bulk editor section by selecting options from the drop-down menus …

Bulk Edit settings

(Bulk Edit settings)

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

Remove from the bulk editor

(Remove from Bulk Edit)

Customizing The Quick Editor

In addition to the inline editor’s core features, you can add custom settings to Quick Edit and Bulk Edit 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 inside your WP dashboard (search for keywords like “Quick Edit, Inline editor, etc.”) …

Find and install 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit'

(Install ’Custom Bulk/Quick Edit’)

After the plugin has been installed, configure the plugin settings …

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit - Settings

(Configure the plugin settings)

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

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Settings

(Configure your plugin settings)

After configuring the plugin’s settings, you will see new edit fields displayed in the Bulk/Quick editor area …

Bulk Editor - Custom Edit Fields

(Bulk Edit – Custom Edit Fields)

For more details, go here}:

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

Overview Of The Inline Editor Function Of WordPress

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