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 WPPages and Posts in WordPress not only include content but also information and settings about the post or page itself.

For example:

  • Title of your page/post
  • Slug (i.e. the words make up the post/page web address)
  • Post/Page publishing date.
  • Author of your post or page
  • Page/Post Status (e.g. Draft, Pending Review, Published, etc.)
  • Page/Post Privacy Settings (e.g. Private)
  • Post Categories and Tags
  • And various other settings

If you need to change the above settings for a page or post without changing the post or page content, you can use the Quick Edit function.

This tutorial explains how to use the inline editor function (Quick Edit) in WordPress to edit various elements of WordPress Posts and Pages.

Useful Info

We have written step-by-step tutorials on how to edit and delete pages and posts in WordPress here:

How To Use The Inline Editor Function Of WordPress

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

How To Use Quick Edit To Edit Your Post Details

In your WordPress Dashboard, select Posts > All Posts

Posts - All Posts

(Posts Menu – All Posts)

The Posts screen will appear, displaying all your WordPress posts …

Table Of Posts

(Posts Table)

In the Posts screen, locate the post item you would like to edit, then hover your mouse over the item’s title to display the options menu and click on Quick Edit

Click on the 'Quick Edit' link

(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)

The Quick Edit inline editor expands to display all your post editing options …

Quick Edit - Post editing options

(Quick Edit – options)

The  Quick Edit screen allows you to edit the following options:

WordPress Post Settings

(WordPress Post Settings)

And …

WordPress Post Settings

(WordPress Post Settings)

WordPress Post Settings – Quick Edit Screen

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

[2] Slug – Change your post slug. When editing the URL, type all the letters in lowercase (use “a-z” and “0-9” only) and separate words with a hyphen (e.g. “best-three-dieting-tips”). For more information about the benefits of using post and page slugs in WordPress, go here: Improve Your WordPress SEO Using Permalinks

[3] Date – Edit your post date and time here. Note: Use this feature to schedule posts to publish at a later date. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to change dates to automate content publishing times, go here: How To Schedule WP Blog Posts

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple post authors, use this option to assign your post a different author. Note: If your website or blog only contains a single post author, this setting will not be displayed. For more information on how to change post authors, go here: WordPress User Roles: Authors – A Step-By-Step Tutorial

[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 – Clicking this button cancels your edit.

[7] Categories – This section lets you set a new post category. Note: You can edit and add categories in this section, but you cannot delete categories for your posts using Quick Edit. For a step-by-step tutorial on adding, editing, and deleting post categories in WordPress, go here: How To Configure Post Categories In WordPress

[8] Tags – Use this setting to select new tags for your post items. Note: You can edit and add tags in this section, but you cannot delete tags using Quick Edit. For more information about adding, editing, and deleting tags in WordPress, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Set Up Tags In WordPress

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

[10] Status – Use the pull-down menu to edit the Status of your Post.

Status dropdown menu

(Status pull-down menu)

[11] Make this post sticky – Tick or untick the checkboxes in this section to make the post ‘sticky’. For more information about the practical uses of this feature, see this step-by-step tutorial:

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

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

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

Bulk Editing WordPress Posts Using Quick Edit

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

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 posts in WordPress

(Bulk editing posts in WordPress)

The Bulk editor displays various bulk options for editing your posts …

Bulk editor - Editing options

(Bulk editor – options)

Most of these settings are the same as those shown in the regular Quick Edit screen with a few minor differences.

For example, depending on your active WordPress theme, a field called Format may or may not display. Use the pull-down menu to change the post format.

Bulk Edit - Format Options

(Post Formats)

For more information on WordPress post formats, go here:

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

Removing specific items from the bulk editor

(Removing specific entries from Bulk Edit)

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

Editing Pages With Quick Edit

Since WordPress Posts differ from WordPress Pages (to learn more about the differences, go here), the inline editor presents a few different options when you’re working with Pages.

In the main menu of your Dashboard, choose Pages > All Pages

Pages - All Pages

(Pages – All Pages)

browser, listing all your pages …

WordPress Pages Table

(Pages Table)

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

Click on the 'Quick Edit' link

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

The inline editor displays all your page editing options …

Quick Edit - options

(Inline editor – Page editing options)

The  inline editor screen lets you modify the following settings:

Page Settings

(WordPress Page Settings – Quick Edit)

And …

WordPress Page Settings

(WordPress Page Options – Quick Edit)

[1] Title – Edit the title of your pages in this field.

[2] Slug – Use this field to change the page slug. When editing slugs, type all the letters in lowercase (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 page date and time. Note: You can schedule your page to be published at a future date in this section.

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple authors, use the Author pulldown menu to assign your page a new author. Note: If your website or blog only contains a single author, this setting will not appear.

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

[6] Cancel – Click ‘Cancel’ to abandon your edit and leave your changes unsaved.

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

Top-level pages and nested pages are also called 'parent' pages and 'child' pages

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

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

[9] Template – If your theme contains a number of templates for your pages, you can change templates from the pulldown menu in this section.

Quick Edit - Template pull-down menu

(Quick Edit – 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, Draft, etc.

Quick Edit - Status drop-down menu

(Inline editor – Page status pull-down menu)

[12] Update – Clicking the ‘Update’ button saves your changes and updates your page settings.

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

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

Bulk Editing Pages Using The Inline Editor

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

To make bulk changes to pages using the inline editor, tick the check boxes next to the items 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

(Table of Pages – Bulk edit WordPress pages)

The Bulk editor displays a number of bulk page editing options …

Quick Edit section

(Bulk editor – options)

Most of the bulk edit options are the same as those shown in the regular Quick Edit screen with some minor differences.

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

Comments menu

(Bulk editor – Comments menu)

Make changes to your page settings in the Bulk editor screen by selecting options from the pulldown menus …

Bulk editor options

(Bulk Edit options)

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

Removing specific pages from Bulk Edit

(Remove from Bulk Edit)

Customizing The Inline Editor

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

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Plugin For WordPress

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Plugin For WordPress)

Find and install the Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin inside your WP dashboard (search for keywords like “Quick Edit, Bulk Edit, etc.”) …

Install the 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit' plugin

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

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

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit - Settings

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin – Settings)

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

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit)

After configuring the plugin’s settings, you should see new custom edit fields displayed in the Bulk/Quick editor screen …

Bulk Editor - Custom Edit Fields

(Bulk Edit – 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 posts and pages.

How To Use The Inline Editor In WordPress

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