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 For BeginnersPages and Posts in WordPress not only include content but also information about the page or post itself.

For example:

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

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

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

Important

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

How To Use Quick Edit

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

How To Use The Quick Edit Feature To Edit A Post

In your Dashboard, click on Posts > All Posts

Posts - All Posts

(WP Posts Menu – All Posts)

The Posts screen will load in your browser, listing all the posts on your site …

Posts Table

(Posts Table)

In the Posts screen, search for the entry you would like to edit, hover your mouse over the item’s title to view the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

'Quick Edit' feature

(’Quick Edit’ link)

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

Quick Edit section

(Quick Edit – Editing options)

The  Quick Edit section lets you edit a number of options:

WordPress Post Settings - Quick Edit Screen

(Quick Edit – Post Settings)

Also …

Quick Edit Screen - Post Options

(WordPress Post Options)

Post Options

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

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

[3] Date – Edit your post date and time here. Note: Use this setting to schedule your post to publish at a later date. For a detailed tutorial about changing post dates to set post schedules, go here: How To Schedule Your Posts In WP

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple authors, use the Author drop-down menu to assign a different author to the post. Note: If your site only contains a single author, this function will not display. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial about changing post authors, go here: How To Use Post Authors In WordPress

[5] Password -OR- Private – Use this feature to password-protect your post or to make it private (hidden from visitors). For more information on this feature, see this tutorial: WordPress Content Protection For Posts And Pages

[6] Cancel – Click ‘Cancel’ to abandon your edit and leave your changes unsaved.

[7] Categories – This field allows you to edit the category of your post. Note: You can edit and add post categories, but you cannot delete a post category using Quick Edit. For more information on how to add, edit, and delete post categories, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Add, Edit, And Delete WordPress Categories

[8] Tags – This section allows you to change the tags of your post. Note: You can add or change tags in this section, but you cannot delete tags using Quick Edit. To learn about adding, editing, and deleting post tags in WordPress, see this step-by-step tutorial: Configuring And Using Tags

[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 how to manage comments and discussions on WordPress posts, go here: WordPress Setup – Discussion Settings

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

Status pulldown menu

(Status drop-down menu)

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

[12] Update – Click ‘Update’ to save your edit.

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

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

Bulk Editing WP Post Settings Using The Quick Editor

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

To bulk edit posts, bring up your list of posts and choose the items to be edited, 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 Bulk editor expands to display several bulk post editing options …

Bulk editor - options

(Bulk editor section)

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

For example, depending on the theme you are using, you may or may not see a field called Format. Use the dropdown menu to change the post format.

Bulk Edit - Post Formats

(Post Formats)

For a detailed tutorial about WordPress post formats, go here:

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

Remove from the bulk editor

(Removing specific posts from Bulk Edit)

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

Using Quick Edit To Edit A WordPress Page

Since WordPress Posts differ from WordPress Pages (to understand the difference, see this article), Quick Edit displays slightly different options when you’re editing with WP Pages.

Go to the administration area and select Pages > All Pages

Pages Menu - All Pages

(Pages – All Pages)

browser, listing all your WordPress pages …

WP Pages Table

(Pages Screen)

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

Click on 'Quick Edit'

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

The Quick Edit inline editor displays your editing options …

Inline editor screen

(Inline editor – options)

The  inline editor section allows you to modify a number of options:

Page Options

(Quick Edit – Page Options)

And …

WordPress Page Settings

(WordPress Page Options)

[1] Title – Edit the page title.

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

[3] Date – This field lets you change the date and time of your page. Note: You can schedule your page to publish at a later date using this feature.

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple page authors, use the Author dropdown menu to assign your page another author. Note: If your website or blog only contains a single author, this setting will not display.

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

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

[7] Parent – Use the dropdown menu to set your page as a ‘main’ page (top level page) or a ‘child’ page (subpage) of other pages (see diagram below)  …

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

(Main 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, assigning a page a value of “1” will display it above a page with a value of “2”.

[9] Template – If your theme contains a number of templates for your pages, you can change the template by selecting a new one from the pull-down Template menu.

Inline editor - Template function

(Inline editor – Template 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.

Inline editor - Status options

(Inline editor – Status options)

[12] Update – Clicking ‘Update’ saves your changes.

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

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

Bulk Editing Pages Using Quick Edit

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

To bulk edit pages, go to your Pages Table and select the pages to be edited, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click click the ‘Apply’ button

Bulk editing pages in WordPress

(Table of Pages – Bulk editing pages)

The inline bulk editor presents a number of bulk options …

Quick Edit section

(Bulk editor – Editing options)

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

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

Comments menu

(Bulk Edit – Comments)

Make changes to your pages in the Bulk Edit section by selecting options from the drop-down menus …

Bulk Edit options

(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 specific entries from the bulk editor

(Remove pages from Bulk Edit)

Adding Custom Options To The Quick Editor

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

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit - WordPress Plugin

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Plugin For WordPress)

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

Install the 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit' plugin

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

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

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin - Settings

(Configure the Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings)

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

Configure the Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings

(Configure the Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings)

New custom edit fields will now display in the Bulk/Quick editor 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 Quick Edit feature to quickly edit WordPress pages and posts.

Using The WordPress Inline Editor To Edit Your Pages And Posts

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