How To Use The WordPress Quick Edit Feature

Learn how to use the WordPress Quick Edit function to edit information about your WordPress posts and pages.

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

For example:

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

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

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

Important

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

How To Use The Inline Editor Feature

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

Using Quick Edit To Edit A WordPress Post

Log into your WordPress dashboard, then go to the admin navigation menu and click on click on Posts > All Posts

Posts Menu - All Posts

(WordPress Posts Menu – All Posts)

This brings up the Posts screen, which displays all the posts you have created …

Posts Table

(Table Of Posts)

Search for the item you would like 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

(’Quick Edit’ feature)

The inline editor displays several editing options …

Quick Edit section

(Inline editor – Editing options)

The  inline editor section lets you edit a number of options on your post:

WordPress Post Options

(Quick Edit Screen – WordPress Post Settings)

Plus …

Post Options

(Post Settings – Quick Edit Screen)

WordPress Post Settings – Quick Edit Screen

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

[2] Slug – Use this field to replace your post slugs. Important: When editing post URLs, type all letters in lowercase (use “a-z” and “0-9” only) and separate words with hyphens (e.g. “like-this-example-url”). For a detailed tutorial about using WP permalinks/slugs, go here: Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO

[3] Date – Set the date and time of your post in this section. Note: Use this setting to schedule your post to be published at a future date. For more information about using this option to schedule posts, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Schedule WP Posts

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple authors, use this function to assign the post a different author. Note: If your website only contains a single author, this option will not appear. For a detailed tutorial on how to change post authors, go here: WordPress User Roles – Post Authors

[5] Password -OR- Private – This section lets you password-protect your Post or make it private (hidden from visitors). For more information about using this feature to protect content in posts, see this tutorial: How To Password-Protect Content In Pages And Posts

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

[7] Categories – This field lets you change the category of your post. Note: You can add and change categories in this section, but you cannot delete categories using the inline editor. To learn how to add, edit, and delete categories in WordPress, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Set Up Post Categories

[8] Tags – This setting lets you change the tags of your post. Note: You can edit or add post tags in this section, but you cannot delete tags using the Quick Edit function. To learn about adding, editing, and deleting tags in WordPress, see this step-by-step tutorial: Adding, Editing, And Deleting Post 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 about using this option to protect content in your WordPress posts, see this tutorial: WordPress Discussion Settings

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

Post status pulldown menu

(Status pull-down menu)

[11] Make this post sticky – Check or uncheck the boxes in this section to make a post ‘sticky’. For more information about the practical uses of this feature, see this tutorial: What Happens When You Make Posts Sticky?

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

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

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

Bulk Editing Post Settings In WordPress Using The Quick Edit Feature

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

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

Bulk edit posts

(Table of Posts – Bulk editing posts)

The Bulk editor expands to display all the options for bulk editing your posts …

Bulk editor - options

(Bulk editor – options)

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

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

Bulk Editor - Format Options

(Post Formats)

For more information on WordPress post formats, go here: WordPress Post Formats

You can also remove any individual posts from the bulk editor function by clicking on the delete icon next to the post title …

Remove items from the bulk editor

(Remove items from Bulk Edit)

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

Using The Quick Edit Feature To Edit Pages

Since WordPress Posts are different than WordPress Pages (to understand the difference, see this article), the inline editor displays a few different options when editing with Pages.

In your administration area, choose Pages > All Pages

Pages - All Pages

(Pages – All Pages)

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

WordPress Pages Screen

(Table Of Pages)

In the Pages screen, find the page entry you want to edit, hover over the page title to display the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

'Quick Edit' function

(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)

The Quick Edit inline editor expands and displays various editing options …

Inline editor - options

(Inline editor section)

The  inline editor screen lets you modify a number of page settings:

Quick Edit - Page Options

(Page Options)

Plus …

Page Options

(Quick Edit – WordPress Page Settings)

[1] Title – Use this option to modify the title of your page.

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

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

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple authors, use this function to assign the page a different author. Note: If your site only has one 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 pulldown menu to set your page as a ‘main’ page (displays at the top level) or a ‘child’ page (subpage) of other pages (see image below)  …

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

(In WordPress, main pages and subpages are also referred to as ‘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 above a page with a value of “2”.

[9] Template – If your theme provides several templates for your pages, you can choose a new template using the pull-down Template menu.

Inline editor - Template dropdown menu

(Quick Edit – 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, Pending Review, etc.

Status dropdown menu

(Page status pulldown menu)

[12] Update Button – Clicking this button saves your changes and updates your page settings.

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

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

Bulk Editing Pages Using Quick Edit

In addition to making changes to individual pages, you can also bulk edit pages using the Quick Edit function.

To bulk edit pages, 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 editing WP pages

(Table of Pages – Bulk editing WordPress pages)

The Bulk editor presents all of your editing options …

Quick Edit - options

(Bulk editor section)

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

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

Bulk Edit - Comments

(Comments menu)

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

Bulk Edit options

(Bulk Edit settings)

You can also remove any pages you have selected from Bulk Edit by clicking on the remove icon …

Remove individual items from the bulk editor

(Remove items from the bulk editor)

Quick Edit Plugins

In addition to the inline editor’s core options, you can also add custom settings to the Quick editor and Bulk editor using plugins. For example, here’s a plugin you can use to add custom options to the Quick/Bulk editor:

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit)

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

Install the 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit' plugin

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

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

Configure your Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit – Settings)

Configure settings to add custom options to pages and posts …

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Settings)

After configuring the plugin’s options, you will see new fields displayed in the Bulk/Quick editor screen …

Bulk Editor - Custom Edit Fields

(Bulk Editor – Custom Edit Fields)

For more details about this plugin, visit the plugin site: Custom Bulk/Quick Edit WP Plugin

Congratulations, now you know how to use the Quick Edit feature of WordPress to quickly edit WordPress posts and pages.

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