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 For BeginnersWordPress Posts and Pages not only include content but also information and settings about the pages or posts themselves.

For example:

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

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

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

Important Info

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

How To Use Quick Edit

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

Editing Post Details With The Quick Edit Function

Go to the Dashboard and choose Posts > All Posts

Posts Menu - All Posts

(Posts – All Posts)

The Posts screen will load in your browser, displaying a table containing all the posts you have created …

WP Posts Table

(Table Of Posts)

In the Posts screen, locate the post entry you want to edit, then hover your mouse over the item’s title to display the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

'Quick Edit' link

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

The Quick Edit inline editor displays all of the editing options …

Quick Edit section

(Inline editor section)

The  Quick Edit screen lets you edit the following options:

Quick Edit - Post Options

(Quick Edit – WordPress Post Options)

Also …

Quick Edit - WordPress Post Settings

(Quick Edit Screen – WordPress Post Settings)

WordPress Post Options – Quick Edit Screen

[1] Title – This field lets you edit your post title.

[2] Slug – Modify the post slug. When editing post URLs, include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate all with a hyphen (e.g. “this-is-a-post-url”). For a detailed step-by-step tutorial about using WP slugs and permalinks, go here: How To Improve Your WordPress SEO Using Permalinks

[3] Date – Edit your post date and time here. Note: You can schedule posts to publish at a later date using this setting. For more information about the practical uses of this setting, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Schedule WordPress Blog Posts

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple post authors, use the Author dropdown menu to assign the post another author. Note: If your website only has a single post author, this option will not display. For a detailed tutorial about changing post authors, go here: WordPress User Roles: Authors – A Basic Guide

[5] Password -OR- Private – Use this feature to password-protect posts or make them private (hidden from visitors). For a detailed tutorial about protecting content in WordPress, go here: How To Protect Content In WordPress

[6] Cancel – Clicking this button abandons your edit.

[7] Categories – Use this area to edit the category of your post. Note: You can add or change post categories, but you cannot delete categories using the Quick Edit feature. For a tutorial on how to add, edit, and delete WordPress categories, go here: How To Configure And Use WP Post Categories

[8] Tags – This section allows you to edit post tags. Note: You can add or edit tags, but you cannot delete post tags using Quick Edit. For a tutorial on adding, editing, and deleting tags in WordPress, go here: How To Set Up And Use Post Tags In WordPress

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

[10] Status – Use the pulldown menu to change your Post Status.

Status pull-down menu

(Post status drop-down menu)

[11] Make this post sticky – Tick/untick the checkboxes in this section to make your post ‘sticky’. For more information on how to make WordPress posts sticky, go here:

[12] Update Button – Clicking this button saves your changes.

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

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

Bulk Edit WordPress Post Settings Using Quick Edit

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

To make bulk changes to posts using the Quick Edit function, tick 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 edit WP posts)

The inline bulk editor presents your post editing options …

Bulk editor section

(Bulk editor – options)

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

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

Bulk Edit - Post Formats

(Format Options)

For more information on WordPress post formats, go here:

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

Remove from the bulk editor

(Remove posts 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 WordPress pages.

Using The Quick Edit Feature To Edit A Page

Since WordPress Posts differ from WordPress Pages (to understand the difference, go here), the Quick Edit feature presents a few different options when you are editing with WP Pages.

In your Dashboard menu, click on Pages > All Pages

WordPress Pages Menu - All Pages

(Pages – All Pages)

The Pages screen will load in your browser and display a table containing all the pages on your site …

Pages Screen

(Table Of Pages)

Find the page item you would like to edit, hover over the title of the page to display the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

'Quick Edit' link

(’Quick Edit’ function)

The Quick Edit inline editor expands to display various options …

Inline editor - Page editing options

(Quick Edit – options)

The  Quick Edit section allows you to modify a number of options:

Page Settings - Quick Edit Screen

(Page Settings – Quick Edit)

Plus …

Quick Edit Screen - Page Settings

(Quick Edit Screen – WordPress Page Settings)

[1] Title – Modify the title of your pages here.

[2] Slug – Change your page slug. When editing page URLs, type all letters in lowercase (use “a-z” and “0-9” only) and separate all with hyphens (e.g. here-is-an-example-of-a-page-url).

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

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple page authors, use the Author dropdown menu to assign a different author to the select page. Note: If your website or blog only has a single author, this option will not appear.

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

[6] Cancel – Clicking this button abandons your edit and leaves your changes unsaved.

[7] Parent – Use the pulldown 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, top-level pages and nested pages are also referred to as 'parent' pages and 'child' pages

(Top-level pages and nested pages are also called ‘parent’ pages and ‘child’ pages)

[8] Order – Use this function to specify the order of how your page should display in page lists, menus, etc. Enter a number into this field. For example, a page with a value of “1” will display before pages with a higher number (e.g. “3”).

[9] Template – If your theme comes with multiple templates for your pages, you can choose a new template using the drop-down Template menu.

Quick Edit - Page template feature

(Inline editor – Template pull-down 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.

Inline editor - Page status pull-down menu

(Inline editor – Status drop-down menu)

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

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

(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)

Bulk Editing Pages Using Quick Edit

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

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

Bulk editing WP pages

(Bulk edit WP pages)

The Bulk Edit feature presents various bulk options for editing your pages …

Inline editor - options

(Bulk editor screen)

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

For example, the Comments setting changes from a checkbox to a pulldown menu …

Bulk Edit - Comments menu

(Bulk editor – Comments)

Edit your pages in the Bulk Edit section by selecting options from the dropdown menus …

Bulk editor options

(Bulk editor options)

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

Remove from Bulk Edit

(Remove pages from Bulk Edit)

Quick Edit Plugins

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

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Plugin For WordPress

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Plugin)

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

Install 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit'

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

Once the plugin has been installed and activated, configure the plugin settings …

Configure your Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings

(Configure the Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings)

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

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Settings

(Configure the Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings)

New edit fields will now appear in your Bulk/Quick editor area …

Bulk Editor - Custom Edit Fields

(Bulk Edit – Custom Edit Fields)

For more details, go here}:

Congratulations! Now you know how to use the WordPress inline editor (Quick Edit) to quickly edit pages and posts.

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