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.

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

For example:

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

If you want to change the above information for a page or post without making the changes to the content, you can use the Quick Edit function.

This tutorial explains how to use the WordPress inline editor (Quick Edit) to edit information about your Pages and Posts.

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

How To Use The Quick Edit Feature Of WordPress

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

Editing WordPress Post Details With The Quick Edit Feature

In your Dashboard, select Posts > All Posts

Posts - All Posts

(Posts – All Posts)

The Posts screen will load in your browser, displaying a list of all your posts …

Posts Screen

(Table Of Posts)

Search for the post entry you want to edit, then hover over the title to view the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

Click on 'Quick Edit'

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

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

Quick Edit screen

(Quick Edit screen)

The  Quick Edit screen allows you to change the following post information:

WordPress Post Options - Quick Edit

(Post Options)

Also …

Post Settings - Quick Edit Screen

(Post Options)

WordPress Post Settings – Quick Edit Screen

[1] Title – Change the post title.

[2] Slug – Modify the post slug. When editing post slugs, 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”). For more information on post slugs in WordPress, go here: Changing WordPress Permalinks

[3] Date – This field lets you set your post date and time. Note: Use this feature to schedule your post to be published at a later date. For more information on how to change post dates to automate content publishing schedules, go here: Scheduling Blog Posts In WordPress

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple authors, use the Author dropdown menu to assign your post another author. Note: If your site only contains a single author, this option will not be displayed. For more information about changing post authors, go here: How To Add, Change, And Delete WordPress Post Authors

[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: How To Protect Content On WP Posts And Pages

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

[7] Categories – This field allows you to change the category of your post. Note: You can add and change post categories in this section, but you cannot delete a post category using Quick Edit. To learn about adding, editing, and deleting post categories, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Add, Edit, And Delete Categories In Posts

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

[9] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Check or uncheck the boxes in this area to allow/disallow comments and pings for your post. For more information on this feature, see this tutorial: Configuring WP Discussion Settings

[10] Status – Use the pull-down menu to change your Post Status.

Status drop-down menu

(Status pull-down menu)

[11] Make this post sticky – Check/uncheck the boxes in this area to make posts ‘sticky’. For more information about the practical uses of this setting, see this step-by-step tutorial:

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

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

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

Bulk Edit Post Settings Using The Quick Editor

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

To make bulk changes to posts using Quick Edit, choose the post entries you want to edit, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click click the ‘Apply’ button …

Table of Posts - Bulk editing WP posts

(Bulk edit WP posts)

The Bulk editor presents all the editing options …

Bulk editor - options

(Bulk editor section)

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

For example, depending on the WordPress theme you have installed, an option called Format may or may not display. Use the drop-down menu to change the post format (options: Standard, Aside, Gallery, Link, Image, Quote, or Status.)

Bulk Editor - Format Options

(Format Options)

For more information about WordPress post formats, go here:

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

Removing entries from the bulk editor

(Removing items from Bulk Edit)

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

Editing WordPress Page Details With The Quick Edit Feature

Since Posts differ from Pages (to understand the difference, see this article), the inline editor displays slightly different options when editing with WordPress Pages.

Log into your WordPress site, then go to the admin navigation menu and click on select 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

(Pages Table)

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

Click on the 'Quick Edit' link

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

The inline editor displays all the editing options …

Inline editor - options

(Quick Edit – Page editing options)

The  Quick Edit section lets you modify the following options on your page:

Page Settings

(Page Settings – Quick Edit)

Also …

Quick Edit - Page Options

(Quick Edit – WordPress Page Settings)

[1] Title – Change your page title.

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

[3] Date – Set the page date and time here. Note: Use this setting to schedule pages to publish at a future date.

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple authors, use this feature to assign a different author to your page. Note: If your website only contains one author, this option will not be displayed.

[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 specify whether your page is a ‘main’ page (top level page) or a ‘child’ page (subpage) of other pages (see diagram below)  …

In WordPress, main pages and nested pages can also be referred to as 'parent' pages and 'child' pages

(In WordPress, top-level pages and nested pages can also be called ‘parent’ pages and ‘child’ pages)

[8] Order – Use this function to specify the order of how pages appear in page lists, menus, etc. Type a numerical value into this field. For example, a page assigned a value of “1” will display above a page with a value of “2”.

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

Inline editor - Template dropdown menu

(Inline editor – Template pulldown 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.

Status dropdown menu

(Quick Edit – Page status options)

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

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

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

Bulk Editing Pages Using The Inline Editor

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

To make bulk changes to pages using the Quick Editor, select the page entries to be edited, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click click the ‘Apply’ button

Table of Pages - Bulk editing WordPress pages

(Table of Pages – Bulk editing WP pages)

The Bulk editor presents the options for editing your pages …

Inline editor - Editing options

(Bulk Edit screen)

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

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

Comments drop-down menu

(Bulk Edit – Comments)

Edit your page settings in the Bulk Edit screen by selecting options from the dropdown menus …

Bulk Edit settings

(Bulk Edit settings)

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

Remove items from the bulk editor

(Remove from Bulk Edit)

Adding Custom Options To The Quick Editor

In addition to the inline editor’s core settings, you can customize the Quick/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

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit – WordPress Plugin)

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

Install the 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit' plugin

(Find and install the ‘Custom Bulk/Quick Edit’ plugin)

After the plugin has been installed and activated, 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 pages and posts …

Configure your plugin settings

(Configure the plugin settings)

After configuring the plugin’s options, you should see new custom edit fields displayed in your Bulk/Quick Edit screen …

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 feature to edit various elements of your posts and pages.

How To Use The Quick Edit Function In WordPress

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