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How To Use The WordPress Quick Edit Feature

In addition to content, Pages and Posts in WordPress include information and settings about the pages or posts themselves.

For example:

Quick Edit is an inline editor that allows you to modify a number of Page and Post settings without having to open the page or post itself.

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

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

How To Use Quick Edit

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

How To Use The Quick Edit Feature To Edit WordPress Post Details

Go to the WP Dashboard and choose Posts > All Posts

(Posts – All Posts)

The Posts screen will appear, displaying all your posts …

(WP Posts Screen)

In the Posts area, search for the post item you would like to edit, then hover over the title of the post to display the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

(’Quick Edit’ link)

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

(Inline editor screen)

The  inline editor section allows you to modify a number of options on your post:

(WordPress Post Settings – Quick Edit Screen)

Also …

(WordPress Post Settings)

Post Settings

[1] Title – This section lets you modify the post title.

[2] Slug – Change the post slug in this field. Important: When editing the URL, type all the letters in lowercase (use “a-z” and “0-9” only) and separate all with a hyphen (e.g. “here-is-an-example-of-a-post-url”). For more information about the practical uses of this feature, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Set Up WordPress Permalinks

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

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple post authors, use the Author dropdown menu to assign the post another author. Note: If your website or blog only contains one author, this option will not be displayed. For more information about changing post authors, go here: WordPress User Roles – Authors

[5] Password -OR- Private – This section lets you password-protect your Post or make it private (hidden from visitors). For more information about protecting content in WordPress, go here: WordPress Content Protection For Posts And Pages

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

[7] Categories – Use this section to edit post categories. Note: You can add or change post categories in this section, but you cannot delete categories for your post using the inline editor. To learn how to add, edit, and delete post categories in WordPress, see this tutorial: How To Add, Edit, And Delete Categories In Posts

[8] Tags – This function allows you to edit your post tags. Note: You can edit or add new post tags, but you cannot delete tags for your posts using the Quick Edit feature. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial on adding, editing, and deleting post tags, go here: Configuring Post Tags In WordPress

[9] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Check or uncheck the boxes in this section to allow/disallow pings and comments for your posts. For more information on the practical uses of this setting, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Configure WP Discussion Settings

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

(Status pulldown menu)

[11] Make this post sticky – Tick/untick the checkboxes in this area to make your posts ‘sticky’. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial about making WordPress posts sticky, go here:

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

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

Bulk Editing Post Settings In WordPress Using The Inline Editor

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

To bulk edit posts, select the items to be edited, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click Apply

(Table of Posts – Bulk edit WP posts)

The Bulk editor presents the options for editing your posts …

(Bulk editor – Editing options)

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

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

(Bulk editor – Post Formats)

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

You can also remove specific posts from the bulk editor function by clicking on the delete icon …

(Remove items from Bulk Edit)

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

Editing WordPress Pages With Quick Edit

Since WordPress Posts are different than WordPress Pages (to learn more about the differences, go here), the inline editor presents slightly different options when editing with Pages.

In your Dashboard menu, choose Pages > All Pages

(WordPress Pages Menu – All Pages)

This brings up the Pages screen, which displays all your pages …

(WP Pages Table)

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

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

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

(Inline editor – Page editing options)

The  Quick Edit screen lets you modify the following options:

(Page Options)

And …

(Quick Edit Screen – WordPress Page Options)

[1] Title – Use this option to replace the title of your pages.

[2] Slug – Change your page slug. When editing slugs, make sure to 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 – This field lets you set the date and time of your page. Note: You can schedule your page to be published at a future date using this feature.

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple page authors, use this option to assign the page a different author. Note: If your site only contains one author, this option will not appear.

[5] Password -OR- Private – Use this section to password-protect your page or to make it private (hidden from visitors).

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

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

(In WordPress, 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. Type a number 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 comes with different page templates, you can change the template of your page by selecting a new one using the pulldown menu in this section.

(Quick Edit – Template dropdown 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, Private, etc.

(Status dropdown menu)

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

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

Bulk Edit Pages Using The Inline Editor

As well as making changes to individual pages, you can also bulk edit settings in your pages using the Quick Edit feature.

To make bulk changes to pages using the Quick Edit function, choose the page entries to be edited, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click Apply

(Bulk editing pages in WordPress)

The Bulk editor displays all the editing options …

(Bulk Edit – options)

Most of the 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 drop-down menu …

(Comments menu)

Change your page settings in the Bulk Edit screen by selecting options from the drop-down menus …

(Bulk Edit settings)

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

(Remove individual pages from Bulk Edit)

Customizing The Inline Editor

As well as the inline editor’s built-in options, you can also customize Quick Edit and Bulk Edit using plugins. Let’s go through an example of a plugin you can use to add custom options to Quick Edit and Bulk Edit:

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Plugin)

Download the plugin here, or install the plugin directly from your WP dashboard (search for keywords like “Quick Edit, Bulk Edit, etc.”) …

(Installing ’Custom Bulk/Quick Edit’)

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

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin – Settings)

Configure settings to add custom options to posts and pages …

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit)

After configuring the plugin’s options, you will see new fields appear in the Bulk/Quick editor area …

(Bulk Edit – Custom Edit Fields)

For more details, go here}:

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


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