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 WPIn addition to content, Posts and Pages include information about the page or post itself.

For example:

  • Page/Post Title
  • Slug (i.e. the words make up the post or page URL)
  • Post/Page publishing date.
  • Post/Page Author
  • Page/Post Status (e.g. Draft, Private, Published, etc.)
  • Page/Post Privacy Settings (e.g. Private)
  • Post Tags and Categories
  • etc.

The Quick Edit feature is an inline editor that lets you edit a number of WordPress Page and Post settings without having to open the post or page itself.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the WordPress the Quick Edit function to quickly edit your Pages and Posts.

Important

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

How To Use The WordPress Inline Editor Feature

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

How To Use Quick Edit To Edit WordPress Post Details

Log into your admin area and select Posts > All Posts

WP Posts Menu - All Posts

(Posts – All Posts)

The Posts screen will load in your browser, listing all the posts you have created …

Posts Screen

(WP Posts Screen)

Locate the post you want to edit, then hover your mouse over the title of your post to view the options menu and click on Quick Edit

Click on the 'Quick Edit' link

(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)

The inline editor displays all of your post editing options …

Quick Edit - Post editing options

(Quick Edit – Post editing options)

The  inline editor screen lets you modify the following post details:

Quick Edit - Post Options

(Quick Edit – WordPress Post Settings)

And …

Quick Edit - Post Settings

(WordPress Post Options – Quick Edit)

Post Settings – Quick Edit Screen

[1] Title – This section lets you change the title of your posts.

[2] Slug – Use this field to change your post slug. Important: When editing post URLs, include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate all with a hyphen (e.g. “here-is-an-example-of-a-post-url”). For more information on this feature, see this tutorial: Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO

[3] Date – Change your post date and time here. Note: Use this section to schedule posts to be published at a later date. For a detailed tutorial on how to change post dates to set content publishing times, go here: How To Schedule WordPress Posts

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple post authors, use this option to assign the post another author. Note: If your website or blog only has one author, this option will not appear. For a detailed tutorial on how to change post authors, go here: How To Change A Post Author In WordPress

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

[6] Cancel – Click this button to cancel your edit and leave your changes unsaved.

[7] Categories – This section allows you to change your post categories. Note: You can add or change categories in this section, but you cannot delete post categories using the Quick Edit function. For a detailed tutorial on adding, editing, and deleting categories in WordPress, go here: How To Add, Edit, And Delete Categories In Posts

[8] Tags – This field lets you change the tags of your post. Note: You can add or change post tags, but you cannot delete post tags using the Quick Edit feature. For a step-by-step tutorial on how to add, edit, and delete tags in WordPress, go here: How To Configure And Use Tags

[9] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Tick or untick the checkboxes in this area to allow/disallow comments and pings for your posts. For more information about managing comments on WordPress posts, go here: WordPress Discussion Settings

[10] Status – Use the drop-down menu to edit your Post Status.

Quick Edit - Status pulldown menu

(Quick Edit – Status options)

[11] Make this post sticky – Check/uncheck the boxes in this section to make the post ‘sticky’. For a detailed tutorial about making WordPress posts sticky, go here:

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

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

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

Bulk Editing Posts Using The Quick Edit Function

In addition to editing individual posts, you can also bulk edit posts using the Quick Edit feature.

To make bulk changes to posts using the Quick Editor, select the check boxes next to 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 in WordPress

(Bulk editing WordPress posts)

The Bulk Edit feature expands and presents various bulk options …

Bulk Edit - options

(Bulk editor – options)

Most of these settings are the same as those shown in the Quick Edit screen with some differences.

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

Bulk Editor - Format Options

(Bulk editor – Format Options)

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 entries from the bulk editor

(Remove 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 Quick Edit feature with pages.

How To Use The Inline Editor To Edit WordPress Pages

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

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

Pages - All Pages

(Pages – All Pages)

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

Pages Table

(WordPress Pages Table)

Find the entry you would like to edit, then hover your mouse over the title of the page to view the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

Click on the 'Quick Edit' link

(’Quick Edit’ link)

The Quick Edit inline editor displays several options …

Quick Edit screen

(Inline editor screen)

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

WordPress Page Settings - Quick Edit Screen

(Quick Edit – WordPress Page Options)

Plus …

Page Settings - Quick Edit Screen

(Page Options – Quick Edit)

[1] Title – This section lets you edit your page title.

[2] Slug – Edit the page slug. When editing the slug, include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate words with a hyphen (e.g. like-this-example-url).

[3] Date – Set the date and time of your page here. Note: You can schedule pages to be published at a later date in this section.

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

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

[6] Cancel Button – Click this button to cancel your edit and leave your changes unsaved.

[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 nested pages are also called 'parent' pages and 'child' pages

(Main pages and subpages can also be 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, a page assigned a value of “1” will display before pages with a higher numerical value.

[9] Template – If your theme comes with a number of page templates, you can change the template by selecting a new one using the drop-down Template menu.

Inline editor - Template dropdown menu

(Quick Edit – Template feature)

[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.

Inline editor - Status options

(Quick Edit – Status drop-down menu)

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

Click the 'Cancel' button to cancel and exit 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 Pages Using Quick Edit

As well as editing individual pages, you can also bulk edit pages using the inline editor.

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

Table of Pages - Bulk editing WordPress pages

(Table of Pages – Bulk editing WP pages)

The Bulk editor displays a number of bulk page editing options …

Inline editor section

(Bulk Edit – Page editing options)

Most of the options are identical to those listed in the Quick Edit screen with some additional settings.

For example, the Comments setting changes from a checkbox to a drop-down menu …

Comments menu

(Comments menu)

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

Bulk editor options

(Bulk Edit settings)

You can also remove a specific entry from Bulk Edit by clicking on the delete icon next to the page title …

Remove individual pages from the bulk editor

(Remove from Bulk Edit)

Customizing The Quick Editor

In addition to the inline editor’s built-in features, you can also add custom settings to Quick Edit and Bulk Edit using plugins. Let’s go through an example of a plugin you can use to customize the Quick editor and Bulk editor:

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Plugin

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit WP Plugin)

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

Locate and install the 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit' plugin

(Locate and install ’Custom Bulk/Quick Edit’)

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

Configure the 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 …

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Settings

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Settings)

New custom edit fields will now display 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 Quick Edit to edit posts and pages.

The WordPress Quick Edit Function - A Practical Guide For WordPress Beginners

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