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 BeginnersIn addition to content, Pages and Posts include information about the posts or pages themselves.

For example:

  • Title of your post or page
  • Slug (i.e. the words make up the page or post web address)
  • Date the post or page was published.
  • 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 Quick Edit feature is an inline editor that lets you change a number of settings in Pages and Posts without having to open and edit the post or page itself.

This step-by-step tutorial explains how to use the Quick Edit function of WordPress to quickly edit WordPress Pages and Posts.

Important Info

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

How To Use The WordPress Quick Edit Feature

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

Using The Inline Editor To Edit Posts

Go to the Dashboard and click on Posts > All Posts

WordPress Posts Menu - All Posts

(Posts Menu – All Posts)

This brings up the Posts screen, which displays all your posts …

Posts Table

(Posts Table)

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

'Quick Edit' function

(’Quick Edit’ feature)

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

Quick Edit screen

(Inline editor section)

The  Quick Edit section allows you to change a number of options on your post:

WordPress Post Settings - Quick Edit

(Post Options – Quick Edit)

Plus …

Quick Edit Screen - WordPress Post Options

(Post Settings – Quick Edit)

Post Settings – Quick Edit Screen

[1] Title – Use this field to edit your post titles.

[2] Slug – Use this field to edit your post slugs. When editing slugs, type all letters in lowercase (use “a-z” and “0-9” only) and separate all with a hyphen (e.g. “like-this-example-url”). For more information about using WP post slugs and permalinks, go here: How To Improve Your WordPress SEO With Permalinks

[3] Date – This field lets you edit the date and time of your post. Note: Use this section to schedule posts to publish at a later date. For more information about using this feature to schedule posts in WordPress, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Schedule WP Blog Posts

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple post authors, use this option to assign a different author to the select post. Note: If your website or blog 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 Change Post Authors In WordPress

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

[6] Cancel Button – Clicking this button cancels the edit and leaves your changes unsaved.

[7] Categories – Use this function to edit the category of your post. Note: You can add and edit categories, but you cannot delete a post category using the Quick Edit feature. For a step-by-step tutorial on adding, editing, and deleting categories, go here: Using Categories

[8] Tags – Use this area to specify a new tag for your post. Note: You can add or change tags, but you cannot delete a post tag using Quick Edit. For a tutorial on adding, editing, and deleting WordPress tags, go here: How To Set Up And Use Tags In WordPress Posts

[9] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Check or uncheck the boxes in this area to allow/disallow pings and comments for your post. For more information the use of comments and discussions on WordPress posts, go here: How To Configure WordPress Discussion Settings

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

Quick Edit - Post status pulldown menu

(Inline editor – Status dropdown menu)

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

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

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

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

Bulk Editing WordPress Post Settings Using The Inline Editor

As well as editing individual posts, you can also bulk edit posts using the Quick Editor.

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

Table of Posts - Bulk edit posts

(Table of Posts – Bulk edit WordPress posts)

The Bulk editor presents several bulk options for editing your posts …

Bulk editor screen

(Bulk Edit screen)

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

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

Bulk Editor - Format Options

(Bulk Edit – Post Formats)

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

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

Removing specific entries from the bulk editor

(Remove specific items from Bulk Edit)

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

Editing A Page With The Quick Edit Function

Since WordPress Posts are different than WordPress Pages (to understand the difference, go here), the Quick Edit function displays slightly different options when you are working with WP Pages.

Log into your WordPress Dashboard and choose Pages > All Pages

Pages Menu - All Pages

(Pages – All Pages)

The Pages screen will appear, displaying all the pages on your site …

WP Pages Table

(Table Of Pages)

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

Click on the 'Quick Edit' link

(’Quick Edit’ function)

The inline editor displays various page editing options …

Inline editor section

(Inline editor section)

The  inline editor screen allows you to change the following details:

WordPress Page Settings

(WordPress Page Settings – Quick Edit)

And …

Quick Edit Screen - WordPress Page Settings

(WordPress Page Settings – Quick Edit Screen)

[1] Title – Change the page title.

[2] Slug – Use this field to edit your page slugs. When editing the URL, include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate all with hyphens (e.g. this-is-a-page-url).

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

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple authors, use this feature to assign another author to the select page. Note: If your website only has one author, this option will not appear.

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

[6] Cancel – Click the ‘Cancel’ button to abandon your edit.

[7] Parent – Use the dropdown menu to set your page as a ‘main’ page (top level page) or a ‘child’ page (i.e. a subpage – see below)  …

In WordPress, top-level pages and subpages are called 'parent' pages and 'child' pages

(Main pages and nested pages are also referred to as ‘parent’ pages and ‘child’ pages)

[8] Order – Specify the order of your page on lists, menus, etc. here. Enter a number into this field. For example, assigning a page a value of “1” will display it before pages with a higher number.

[9] Template – If your theme comes with several page templates, you can select a new template from the drop-down menu in this section.

Quick Edit - Template menu

(Inline editor – Template function)

[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, Private, etc.

Quick Edit - Status options

(Quick Edit – Page status dropdown menu)

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

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

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

Bulk Editing WordPress Pages Using Quick Edit

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

To make bulk changes to pages using the Quick Edit function, bring up your Table of pages and select the page entries you want to edit, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click click the ‘Apply’ button

Table of Pages - Bulk editing WP pages

(Bulk editing pages in WordPress)

The Bulk editor presents a number of bulk options …

Inline editor - options

(Bulk Edit screen)

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

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

Comments menu

(Comments menu)

Make changes to your pages in the Bulk editor screen by selecting options from the pull-down menus …

Bulk Edit settings

(Bulk editor options)

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

Remove from the bulk editor

(Remove from Bulk Edit)

Quick Edit Plugins

As well as the inline editor’s built-in features, you can also add custom settings to the Quick/Bulk editor using plugins. For example, here’s a plugin you can use to customize Quick Edit and Bulk Edit:

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Plugin For WordPress

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Plugin For WordPress)

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

Installing the 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit' plugin

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

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

Configure your Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings

(Configure your Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings)

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

Configure your plugin settings

(Configure the plugin settings)

New custom fields will now appear in the Bulk/Quick editor area …

Bulk Editor - Custom Edit Fields

(Bulk Edit – Custom Edit Fields)

Go here for more info:

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

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