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 How To Use WPPages and Posts in WordPress not only contain content but also information about the pages or posts themselves.

For example:

  • Title of your post/page
  • Slug (i.e. the words make up the post/page URL)
  • Post/Page publishing date.
  • Author of the post/page
  • Post/Page Status (e.g. Draft, Published, etc.)
  • Post/Page Privacy Settings (e.g. Password-protected)
  • Post Categories and Tags
  • And various other settings

If you need to modify the above settings for a post or page without changing the page or post content, you can use the Quick Edit function.

This tutorial explains how to use the WordPress the Quick Edit feature to edit various elements of WordPress Posts and Pages.

Info

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

How To Use The Inline Editor Feature

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

Using The Inline Editor To Edit A Post

Log into your WordPress admin section, then go to the navigation menu and select select Posts > All Posts

WP Posts Menu - All Posts

(Posts – All Posts)

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

Posts Screen

(Table Of Posts)

Find the item you would like to edit, hover over the title of the post to view the options menu and click on Quick Edit

Click on the 'Quick Edit' link

(’Quick Edit’ feature)

The inline editor displays a number of post editing options …

Quick Edit - options

(Inline editor – options)

The  Quick Edit screen lets you modify the following options:

Quick Edit - WordPress Post Settings

(Quick Edit – WordPress Post Settings)

And …

WordPress Post Settings - Quick Edit Screen

(Post Options)

Post Options – Quick Edit Screen

[1] Title – Modify the post title.

[2] Slug – Use this field to replace your post slugs. Important: When editing post slugs, include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate all with hyphens (e.g. “like-this-example-url”). For a detailed tutorial on post URLs in WordPress, go here: How To Set Up Your WordPress Permalinks

[3] Date – This field lets you edit the post date and time. Note: You can schedule your post to publish at a future date using this section. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial about changing post dates to set content publishing schedules, go here: How To Schedule WP Posts For Publishing Later

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple post authors, use the Author dropdown menu to assign your post a different author. Note: If your website or blog only has a single author, this setting will not display. For a detailed tutorial on how to change post authors, go here: WordPress User Roles – Authors

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

[6] Cancel – Clicking ‘Cancel’ abandons your edit.

[7] Categories – This setting allows you to select new post categories for post items. Note: You can add and change post categories in this section, but you cannot delete a category for your post using the inline editor. For a detailed tutorial on how to add, edit, and delete WordPress post categories, go here: Using Categories In Posts

[8] Tags – Use this function to select new post tags for post items. Note: You can edit or add tags, but you cannot delete a post tag using the inline editor. For a step-by-step tutorial on how to add, edit, and delete tags, go here: How To Set Up And Use Tags In Posts

[9] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Tick/untick the checkboxes in this section to allow/disallow comments and pings for your post. For a detailed tutorial on how to manage comments on WordPress posts, go here: WordPress Configuration – Discussion Settings

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

Inline editor - Post status pull-down menu

(Quick Edit – Status options)

[11] Make this post sticky – Tick or untick the checkboxes in this area to make a post ‘sticky’. For more information on the practical uses of this feature, see this step-by-step tutorial:

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

Click the 'Cancel' button to cancel and exit the Quick Edit area or click 'Update' after making changes to save your post settings

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

Bulk Edit Post Settings Using The Quick Edit Function

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

To bulk edit posts, go to your Table of posts and select the posts you want to edit, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click Apply

Table of Posts - Bulk editing WordPress posts

(Table of Posts – Bulk edit posts in WordPress)

The Bulk Edit feature presents a number of bulk options …

Bulk editor screen

(Bulk Edit – Post editing options)

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

For example, depending on the theme you have installed, an option called Format may or may not display. Use the drop-down menu to change the format of your post.

Format Options

(Bulk Edit – Format Options)

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

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

Remove posts from the bulk editor

(Remove individual items from the bulk editor)

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

Editing Your Page Details With The Inline Editor

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

Log into your WordPress site, then go to your navigation menu and select click on Pages > All Pages

Pages - All Pages

(Pages Menu – All Pages)

The Pages screen will appear, displaying all the pages you have created …

Table Of Pages

(Table Of Pages)

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

Click on 'Quick Edit'

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

The inline editor expands and displays all of your editing options …

Inline editor section

(Quick Edit section)

The  inline editor section allows you to modify the following settings:

Quick Edit Screen - Page Settings

(WordPress Page Options – Quick Edit Screen)

Plus …

WordPress Page Settings - Quick Edit

(Quick Edit Screen – WordPress Page Settings)

[1] Title – Use this option to replace your page title.

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

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

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple authors, use this feature to assign a new author to the page. Note: If your site only contains a single author, this option will not display.

[5] Password -OR- Private – This section lets you password-protect your Post or make it private (hidden from visitors).

[6] Cancel – Clicking ‘Cancel’ abandons your edit and leaves your changes unsaved.

[7] Parent – Use the drop-down menu to specify whether your page is a ‘main’ page (displays at the top level) or a ‘child’ page (subpage) of another page (see below)  …

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

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

[8] Order – Specify the order of your page on lists, menus, etc. Type a number into this field. For example, a page with a value of “1” will display above a page with a value of “2”.

[9] Template – If your theme comes with different templates for your pages, you can change the template by selecting a new one using the pull-down menu in this section.

Inline editor - Page template feature

(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, Draft, etc.

Quick Edit - Page status options

(Status pulldown menu)

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

Click the 'Cancel' button to cancel and leave the Quick Edit section or click the 'Update' button after making changes to save your page settings

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

Bulk Editing WordPress Pages Using The Quick Edit Feature

In addition to making changes to individual pages, you can also bulk edit settings in your pages using the Quick Editor.

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

Bulk edit pages

(Bulk editing WP pages)

The Bulk Edit feature displays all the options for bulk editing your page settings …

Quick Edit section

(Bulk editor section)

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

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

Bulk editor - Comments

(Bulk editor – Comments pulldown menu)

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

Bulk editor settings

(Bulk Edit settings)

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

Removing individual entries from Bulk Edit

(Remove items from the bulk editor)

Quick Edit Plugins

As well as using the inline editor’s built-in settings, you can customize the Quick/Bulk editor using plugins. Let’s go through an example of a plugin you can use to add custom functions to Quick Edit and Bulk Edit:

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit WP Plugin

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit WordPress Plugin)

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

Install 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit'

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

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

Configure the Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit – Settings)

Configure settings to add custom Bulk/Quick Edit options to pages and posts …

Configure the Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Settings page)

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

Bulk Edit - Custom Edit Fields

(Bulk Edit – Custom Edit Fields)

For more details, go here}:

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

The WordPress Inline Editor

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