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How To Use The WordPress Quick Edit Feature

Posts and Pages in WordPress not only contain content but also information about the post or page itself.

For example:

The WordPress Quick Edit feature is an inline editor that lets you change a number of WordPress Page and Post settings without having to open and edit the page or post itself.

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

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

How To Use The Quick Edit Feature

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

Editing Post Details With The Inline Editor

In the main menu section of your admin area, choose Posts > All Posts

(Posts Menu – All Posts)

The Posts screen will load in your browser, listing all the posts you have created …

(Posts Table)

Search for the post item you want to edit, hover over the title to view the options menu and click on Quick Edit

(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)

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

(Inline editor screen)

The  Quick Edit screen lets you change the following details:

(Quick Edit Screen – Post Options)

Plus …

(WordPress Post Options)

Post Options

[1] Title – Use this option to modify your post titles.

[2] Slug – Edit the post slug in this field. Important: When editing post URLs, include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate words with a hyphen (e.g. “here-is-an-example-of-a-post-url”). For more information on post and page slugs to improve your SEO, go here: Improve Your WordPress SEO Using Permalinks

[3] Date – This field lets you edit the post date and time. Note: You can schedule posts to publish at a future date in this section. For more information about changing post dates to set post publishing schedules, go here: Scheduling Posts In WordPress

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple post authors, use the Author dropdown menu to assign your post a new author. Note: If your site only contains a single post author, this option will not display. For a detailed tutorial on how to change post authors, go here: WordPress User Roles – Authors

[5] Password -OR- Private – Use this section to password-protect your posts or make them private (hidden from visitors). For more information about protecting content in WordPress, go here: How To Protect Content In WP Pages And Posts

[6] Cancel – Click this button to cancel the edit.

[7] Categories – Use this area to change post categories. Note: You can edit and add categories, but you cannot delete a category for your post using Quick Edit. For a tutorial on adding, editing, and deleting categories in WordPress, go here: How To Configure WordPress Categories

[8] Tags – This setting allows you to edit the tags of your post. Note: You can add or edit post tags, but you cannot delete a post tag using Quick Edit. For more information about adding, editing, and deleting WordPress tags, see this tutorial: How To Configure Tags

[9] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Tick/untick the checkboxes in this section to allow/disallow pings and comments for your post. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial the use of comments and discussions on WordPress posts, go here: WordPress Discussion Settings

[10] Status – Use the pulldown menu to change your Post Status.

(Quick Edit – Post status drop-down menu)

[11] Make this post sticky – Check or uncheck the boxes in this area to make posts ‘sticky’. For more information about using this setting, see this tutorial:

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

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

Bulk Edit WP Post Settings Using The Inline Editor

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

To make bulk changes to posts using Quick Edit, choose the post entries to be edited, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click click the ‘Apply’ button …

(Table of Posts – Bulk edit WordPress posts)

The Bulk editor presents all the options for bulk editing your posts …

(Bulk editor section)

Most of the bulk edit options are identical to those listed in the regular Quick Edit screen with some minor differences.

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

(Bulk Edit – Format Options)

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

You can also remove any individual posts from Bulk Edit by clicking on the remove icon next to the post title …

(Remove from Bulk Edit)

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

How To Use The WordPress Inline Editor To Edit A WordPress Page

Since Posts are different than Pages (to understand the difference, go here), the Quick Edit feature presents a few different options when you’re editing with Pages.

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

(Pages Menu – All Pages)

browser, listing all your WordPress pages …

(Pages Table)

Find the page entry you would like to edit, hover your mouse over the title of your page to display the options menu and click on Quick Edit

(’Quick Edit’ function)

The inline editor expands to display various page editing options …

(Inline editor – Page editing options)

The  inline editor section allows you to change a number of settings:

(WordPress Page Settings)

Also …

(Page Settings)

[1] Title – This section lets you change the title of your page.

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

[3] Date – This field lets you edit the date and time of your page. Note: Use this option to schedule pages to publish at a future date.

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple authors, use this function to assign your page a new author. Note: If your website only has a single author, this option 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 ‘Cancel’ abandons your edit.

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

(Main pages and subpages can also be called ‘parent’ pages and ‘child’ pages)

[8] Order – This setting is useful for rearranging the order of how pages appear in page lists, menus, etc. Type a number into this field. For example, a page assigned a value of “1” will display above a page with a value of “2”.

[9] Template – If your theme provides multiple page templates, you can change templates from the pull-down Template menu.

(Quick Edit – Template 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, Pending Review, etc.

(Quick Edit – Status drop-down menu)

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

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

Bulk Edit Pages Using Quick Edit

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

To bulk edit pages, bring up your Pages Table and choose the pages you want to edit, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click click the ‘Apply’ button

(Bulk edit pages in WordPress)

The inline bulk editor displays the options for editing your pages …

(Bulk Edit section)

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

For example, the Comments function changes from a checkbox to a dropdown menu …

(Comments menu)

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

(Bulk editor settings)

You can also remove any individual page entries from the bulk editor by clicking on the remove icon …

(Remove from Bulk Edit)

Adding Custom Options To The Quick Editor

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

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit WordPress Plugin)

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

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

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

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit – Settings)

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

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Settings)

After configuring the plugin’s options, you will see new fields appear in your Bulk/Quick Edit screen …

(Bulk Edit – Custom Edit Fields)

For more details, go here}:

Congratulations! Now you know how to use the Quick Edit feature of WordPress to edit posts and pages.

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