How To Use The WordPress Quick Edit Feature

Learn how to use the WordPress Quick Edit function to edit information about your WordPress posts and pages.

Learn WordPressIn addition to content, Pages and Posts in WordPress contain information and settings about the pages or posts themselves.

For example:

  • Page/Post Title
  • Slug (i.e. the words in the page/post web address)
  • Date your post/page was (or is scheduled to be) published.
  • Author of the post/page
  • Page/Post Status (e.g. Draft, Published, etc.)
  • Page/Post Privacy Settings (e.g. Private)
  • Tags and Categories (Posts)
  • etc.

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

In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to use the WordPress the Quick Edit function to quickly edit WordPress Posts and Pages.

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

How To Use The Quick Edit Function Of WordPress

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

Using The Quick Edit Function To Edit A Post

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

WP Posts Menu - All Posts

(Posts Menu – All Posts)

The Posts screen will load in your browser and display a list of all your WordPress posts …

Table Of Posts

(Posts Screen)

In the Posts screen, locate the post entry you want to edit, then hover over the title to view the options menu and click on Quick Edit

Click on 'Quick Edit'

(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)

The Quick Edit inline editor displays a number of options for editing your post …

Inline Editor section

(Quick Edit – Editing options)

The  Quick Edit section lets you change the following options:

Post Options - Quick Edit Screen

(Quick Edit – Post Options)

Also …

WordPress Post Settings

(Post Options – Quick Edit Screen)

Post Settings – Quick Edit

[1] Title – Edit the title of your posts here.

[2] Slug – Use this field to replace your post slug. Important: When editing slugs, make sure to include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate words with hyphens (e.g. “like-this-example-url”). For more information about using this setting to improve SEO, see this step-by-step tutorial: Changing Your WordPress Permalinks

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

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple post authors, use this feature to assign your post a new author. Note: If your website or blog only has a single post author, this function will not appear. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to change post authors, go here: WordPress User Roles: Post Authors – A Tutorial

[5] Password -OR- Private – Use this section to password-protect posts or make them private (hidden from visitors). For more information about using this option to protect content in posts, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Password-Protect Content In WP Pages And Posts

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

[7] Categories – This setting lets you change your post categories. Note: You can add or change categories, but you cannot delete categories using the inline editor. For a tutorial on how to add, edit, and delete WordPress post categories, go here: How To Set Up And Use Categories In WordPress

[8] Tags – Use this setting to edit your post tags. Note: You can edit and add post tags, but you cannot delete post tags using Quick Edit. For a tutorial on how to add, edit, and delete post tags in WordPress, go here: How To Configure And Use Tags In Posts

[9] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Check/uncheck the boxes in this section to allow/disallow comments and pings for your post. For more information about commenting on WordPress posts, go here: Configuring WP Discussion Settings

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

Inline editor - Status options

(Status pull-down menu)

[11] Make this post sticky – Check or uncheck the boxes in this section to make your posts ‘sticky’. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to make WordPress posts sticky, go here: What Is A Sticky Post?

[12] Update – Click the ‘Update’ button to save your edit and edit and update your post settings.

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

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

Bulk Editing WordPress Post Settings Using The Quick Edit Feature

In addition to editing individual posts, you can also bulk edit post settings using Quick Edit.

To make bulk changes to posts using the inline editor, select the items you want to edit, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click click the ‘Apply’ button …

Bulk edit WP posts

(Bulk editing posts)

The Bulk editor displays the options for editing your posts …

Bulk Edit screen

(Bulk editor – Editing options)

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

For example, depending on your theme, an option called Format may or may not display. Use the pulldown menu to change the post format.

Post Formats

(Format Options)

For a detailed tutorial on WordPress post formats, go here: WordPress Post Formats

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

Remove from Bulk Edit

(Remove individual entries from Bulk Edit)

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

Using The WordPress Inline Editor To Edit Your Page Details

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

In your main menu section of your WordPress admin area, select Pages > All Pages

Pages - All Pages

(WordPress Pages Menu – All Pages)

This brings up the Pages screen, which displays all the pages you have created …

WordPress Pages Table

(WordPress Pages Screen)

Find the page item you want to edit, hover your mouse over the page title to display the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

'Quick Edit' link

(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)

The inline editor displays all of your editing options …

Inline editor section

(Inline editor screen)

The  inline editor section lets you edit a number of options:

Quick Edit - WordPress Page Settings

(Page Options)

Also …

WordPress Page Settings

(WordPress Page Options)

[1] Title – Modify your page title.

[2] Slug – Use this field to change your page slugs. When editing page URLs, type all the letters in lowercase (use “a-z” and “0-9” only) and separate words with hyphens (e.g. like-this-example-url).

[3] Date – Change the date and time of your page here. Note: Use this feature to schedule pages to be published at a later date.

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple authors, use the Author drop-down menu to assign another author to your page. Note: If your site only contains a single author, this function will not display.

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

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

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

In WordPress, top-level pages and nested pages are referred to as 'parent' pages and 'child' pages

(Top-level 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, a page with a value of “1” will display above pages with a higher numerical value (e.g. ”3”, “9”, etc.).

[9] Template – If your theme provides several page templates, you can select a new template from the dropdown menu in this section.

Inline editor - Template dropdown menu

(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, Pending Review, etc.

Inline editor - Page status options

(Inline editor – Page status dropdown menu)

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

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

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

Bulk Editing Pages Using The Inline Editor

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

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

Bulk editing WordPress pages

(Bulk edit WordPress pages)

The inline bulk editor presents a number of bulk page editing options …

Inline editor screen

(Bulk Edit – Editing options)

Most of the settings are identical to those shown 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 menu

(Bulk editor – Comments)

Edit your page settings in the Bulk editor screen by selecting options from the pulldown menus …

Bulk Edit options

(Bulk Edit options)

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

Remove individual pages from Bulk Edit

(Removing items from the bulk editor)

Adding Custom Options To Quick Edit

As well as using the inline editor’s built-in features, you can add custom options to the Quick/Bulk editor using plugins, like the one shown below:

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Plugin

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit WordPress Plugin)

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

Installing 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit'

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

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

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit - Settings

(Configure the plugin settings)

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

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

(Configure the plugin settings)

New custom fields will now display in the Bulk/Quick Edit area …

Bulk Edit - Custom Edit Fields

(Bulk Edit – Custom Edit Fields)

More info: Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

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

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