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 WordPressWordPress Posts and Pages not only include content but also information about the page or post itself.

For example:

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

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

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

Useful Info

For tutorials on editing and deleting posts and pages in WordPress, go here:

How To Use The WordPress Inline Editor Function

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

Editing WordPress Posts With The WordPress Inline Editor

Log into your Dashboard and click on Posts > All Posts

Posts - All Posts

(Posts – All Posts)

The Posts screen will appear, displaying all the posts you have created …

Table Of Posts

(WordPress Posts Screen)

Find the entry you would like to edit, then hover over the post title to display the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

Click on the 'Quick Edit' link

(’Quick Edit’ link)

The inline editor displays the options for editing your post …

Inline Editor section

(Quick Edit screen)

The  inline editor screen lets you modify a number of options on your post:

Quick Edit Screen - Post Options

(WordPress Post Options)

Also …

Post Settings - Quick Edit

(Post Options – Quick Edit Screen)

Post Options – Quick Edit

[1] Title – Use this field to replace your post title.

[2] Slug – Edit the post slug. Important: When editing post URLs, include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate all with hyphens (e.g. “like-this-example-url”). For more information about using this setting to improve your post SEO, see this tutorial: Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO

[3] Date – This field lets you edit your post date and time. Note: You can schedule posts to publish at a future date in this section. For more information on how to change dates to schedule posts, go here: How To Schedule WP Blog Posts For Publishing At A Later Date And Time

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple post authors, use this function to assign the post a new author. Note: If your website only has a single post author, this setting will not be displayed. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial about changing post authors, go here: How To Add, Edit, And Delete WordPress Post Authors

[5] Password -OR- Private – Use this section to password-protect your posts or make them private (hidden from visitors). For more information on the practical uses of this setting, see this step-by-step tutorial: Protecting Content In WordPress

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

[7] Categories – This setting allows you to edit the category of your post. Note: You can add or change post categories in this section, but you cannot delete post categories using the Quick Edit function. For more information about adding, editing, and deleting categories, see this tutorial: How To Add, Edit, And Delete Post Categories In WordPress

[8] Tags – Use this field to select a new post tag. Note: You can edit or add new post tags, 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: How To Configure Tags

[9] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Check or uncheck the boxes in this section to allow/disallow pings and comments for your posts. For more information about the practical uses of this setting, see this step-by-step tutorial: WordPress Discussion Settings

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

Quick Edit - Post status dropdown menu

(Status pulldown menu)

[11] Make this post sticky – Check/uncheck the boxes in this section to make your posts ‘sticky’. For more information on the practical uses of this setting, see this tutorial:

[12] Update Button – Clicking ‘Update’ saves your edit.

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

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

Bulk Editing Post Settings Using The Inline Editor

As well as making changes to individual posts, you can also bulk edit settings in your posts using the Quick Editor.

To make bulk changes to posts using the Quick Edit feature, tick the check boxes next to the posts 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 WordPress posts)

The Bulk editor displays all of your editing options …

Bulk Edit section

(Bulk Edit screen)

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

For example, depending on the theme you are using, a field called Format may or may not display. Use the pull-down menu to change the post format (options: Standard, Aside, Gallery, Link, Image, Quote, or Status.)

Bulk Edit - Post Formats

(Format Options)

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

You can also remove a specific entry from the bulk editor function by clicking on the remove icon next to the post title …

Remove from the bulk editor

(Remove from Bulk Edit)

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

Editing A Page With Quick Edit

Since WordPress Posts differ from WordPress Pages (to learn more about the differences, see this tutorial), Quick Edit displays slightly different options when editing with WP Pages.

In the WP administration section, click on Pages > All Pages

Pages - All Pages

(Pages – All Pages)

browser, listing all your WordPress pages …

Pages Screen

(WordPress Pages Screen)

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

Click on the 'Quick Edit' link

(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)

The inline editor displays your page editing options …

Quick Edit - Page editing options

(Inline editor – Editing options)

The  Quick Edit screen lets you modify the following details:

Quick Edit - Page Settings

(Quick Edit – WordPress Page Settings)

And …

Quick Edit - Page Settings

(Quick Edit – WordPress Page Settings)

[1] Title – This option lets you change your page titles.

[2] Slug – Modify your page slug in this field. When editing the slug, 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 pages to be published at a future date using this option.

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple content authors, use the Author pull-down menu to assign a different author to your select page. Note: If your website or blog only contains one author, this option will not display.

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

[6] Cancel Button – Clicking this button cancels the edit.

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

In WordPress, main pages and nested pages are called 'parent' pages and 'child' pages

(Main pages and subpages are 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 above pages with a higher number (e.g. “5”).

[9] Template – If your theme provides a number of page templates, you can change the template of your page by selecting a new one from the dropdown menu in this section.

Inline editor - Template pull-down 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 – Click this button to save your edit and update your page settings.

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

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

Bulk Edit Pages Using Quick Edit

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

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

Bulk edit pages in WordPress

(Table of Pages – Bulk edit WP pages)

The inline bulk editor presents several bulk editing options …

Inline editor - options

(Bulk editor – Editing options)

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

For example, the Comments feature changes from a checkbox to a pull-down menu …

Bulk editor - Comments

(Bulk Edit – Comments pull-down menu)

Edit 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 specific pages from the bulk editor by clicking on the remove icon next to the page title …

Remove from Bulk Edit

(Remove individual pages from Bulk Edit)

Customizing The Inline Editor

As well as the inline editor’s core features, you can also add custom settings to the Quick/Bulk editor using plugins. Let’s go through an example of a plugin you can use to add custom settings to the Quick/Bulk editor:

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit)

Download the plugin here, or install the plugin directly from your WP dashboard (search for keywords like “Quick Edit, Bulk Edit, etc.”) …

Install the 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit' plugin

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

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

Configure your plugin settings

(Configure the Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings)

Configure the plugin’s settings to add custom options to posts and pages …

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Settings screen

(Configure the Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings)

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

Bulk Editor - Custom Edit Fields

(Bulk Editor – Custom Edit Fields)

For more details, go here}:

Congratulations, now you know how to use the inline editor feature (Quick Edit) in WordPress to edit various elements of pages and posts.

How To Use The Inline Editor Feature In WordPress To Edit Your Pages And Posts

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