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.

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Learn How To Use WPPosts and Pages not only include content but also information and settings about the pages or posts themselves.

For example:

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

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

This step-by-step tutorial explains how to use the inline editor function (Quick Edit) in WordPress to quickly edit information about Posts and Pages.

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

How To Use Quick Edit

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

How To Use The Quick Edit Feature To Edit Posts

Go to the Dashboard and select Posts > All Posts

Posts - All Posts

(Posts Menu – All Posts)

The Posts screen will load in your browser, listing all the posts on your site …

Table Of Posts

(Table Of Posts)

Search for the item you would like to edit, hover your mouse over the post title to view the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

'Quick Edit' function

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

The Quick Edit inline editor expands and displays the options for editing your post …

Inline Editor section

(Quick Edit screen)

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

WordPress Post Settings - Quick Edit Screen

(WordPress Post Options)

Also …

Post Options

(Post Settings – Quick Edit Screen)

Post Settings – Quick Edit

[1] Title – Modify the title of your posts in this field.

[2] Slug – Use this field to modify your post slugs. When editing post slugs, type all the letters in lowercase (use “a-z” and “0-9” only) and separate words with a hyphen (e.g. “best-5-dieting-tips”). For more information about using WP post slugs and permalinks, go here: Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO

[3] Date – Edit the post date and time in this section. Note: Use this setting to schedule your post to publish at a future date. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to change post dates to schedule posts, go here: How To Schedule WP Blog Posts For Publishing Later

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple authors, use the Author pull-down menu to assign a different author to the post. Note: If your site only contains one author, this option will not be displayed. For more information on how to change post authors, go here: How To Change Post Authors In WordPress

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

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

[7] Categories – Use this function to edit the category of your post. Note: You can add or edit post categories, but you cannot delete a post category using the inline editor. To learn about adding, editing, and deleting categories, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Set Up Categories

[8] Tags – This section lets you change the tags of your post. Note: You can add and change post tags in this section, but you cannot delete tags using the inline editor. To learn about adding, editing, and deleting tags, see this tutorial: How To Set Up And Use WP Post Tags

[9] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Tick/untick the checkboxes in this area to allow/disallow pings and comments for your post. For more information on the practical uses of this setting, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Configure Discussion Settings In WordPress

[10] Status – Use the dropdown menu to change the Status of your Post to ‘Published’, ‘Pending Review’, or ‘Draft’.

Post status drop-down menu

(Status pulldown menu)

[11] Make this post sticky – Check/uncheck the boxes in this section to make your post ‘sticky’. For a detailed tutorial about making WordPress posts sticky, go here:

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

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

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

Bulk Editing WP Post Settings Using The Inline Editor

As well as editing individual posts, you can also bulk edit settings in your posts using the inline editor.

To make bulk changes to posts using the inline editor, go to your Posts Table and 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 edit posts

(Bulk edit posts in WordPress)

The Bulk Edit feature presents all the editing options …

Bulk editor - options

(Bulk Edit section)

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

For example, depending on your active WordPress theme, a field 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.)

Format Options

(Bulk editor – Format Options)

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

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

Removing entries from the bulk editor

(Remove from Bulk Edit)

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

How To Use Quick Edit To Edit Page Details

Since Posts differ from Pages (to learn more about the differences, go here), the Quick Edit feature displays slightly different options when you are working with Pages.

Go to the WordPress admin section and click on Pages > All Pages

Pages - All Pages

(Pages – All Pages)

browser, listing all the pages on your site …

Table Of Pages

(Table Of Pages)

Search for the page item you want to edit, then 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 ‘Quick Edit’)

The Quick Edit inline editor displays all the options for editing your page …

Inline editor - Page editing options

(Inline editor section)

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

Quick Edit - Page Options

(Page Options)

And …

Quick Edit Screen - WordPress Page Settings

(Page Options – Quick Edit Screen)

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

[2] Slug – Edit the page slug. Important: When editing page slugs, make sure to include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate all with a hyphen (e.g. like-this-example-url).

[3] Date – Edit your page date and time here. Note: Use this feature to schedule your page to publish at a later date.

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple page authors, use the Author pulldown menu to assign your page another author. Note: If your website only has a single author, this setting will not display.

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

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

[7] Parent – Use the pulldown menu to specify whether your page is a ‘main’ page (top level page) or a ‘child’ page (i.e. a subpage – see diagram below)  …

Main pages and nested pages are referred to as 'parent' pages and 'child' pages

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

[8] Order – This function is useful for rearranging the order of your page in page 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 contains a number of page templates, you can change templates using the pull-down menu in this section.

Quick Edit - Template function

(Inline editor – 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.

Page status drop-down menu

(Inline editor – Status options)

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

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

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

Bulk Edit Pages Using The Quick Edit Function

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

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

Table of Pages - Bulk edit WordPress pages

(Table of Pages – Bulk editing pages)

The Bulk Edit feature presents the editing options …

Quick Edit section

(Bulk editor section)

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

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

Comments menu

(Bulk editor – Comments menu)

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

Bulk Edit options

(Bulk Edit options)

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

Remove entries from Bulk Edit

(Remove from the bulk editor)

Quick Edit Plugins

In addition to using the inline editor’s built-in features, you can customize the Quick editor and Bulk editor using plugins, like the one shown below:

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit WP Plugin

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit)

Download the plugin here, or locate and install the plugin inside your WordPress dashboard (search for keywords like “Quick Edit, Inline editor, etc.”) …

Install 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit'

(Install the ‘Custom Bulk/Quick Edit’ plugin)

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

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit - Settings

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit – Settings)

Configure the plugin’s settings to add custom Bulk/Quick Edit options to pages and posts …

Configure the Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit)

New fields will now appear in your Bulk/Quick Edit screen …

Bulk Edit - Custom Edit Fields

(Bulk Editor – Custom Edit Fields)

For more details, go here}:

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

Overview Of The Inline Editor Of WordPress

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Author: Martin Aranovitch

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Originally published as How To Use The WordPress Quick Edit Feature.