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How To Use The WordPress Quick Edit Feature

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

For example:

If you want to change the information for a post or page without changing the page or post content, you can simply use the Quick Edit function.

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

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

How To Use The WordPress Quick Edit Function

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

Editing WordPress Posts With The Quick Edit Feature

Log into the WordPress Dashboard and choose Posts > All Posts

(WP Posts Menu – All Posts)

This brings up the Posts screen, which displays all the posts you have created …

(Table Of Posts)

In the Posts area, find the entry you would like to edit, then hover over the item’s title to view the options menu and click on Quick Edit

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

The Quick Edit inline editor displays all of the options for editing your post …

(Inline editor – Editing options)

The  Quick Edit screen lets you edit the following post information:

(WordPress Post Options)

Also …

(Quick Edit Screen – WordPress Post Options)

Post Options – Quick Edit

[1] Title – Change the title of your post.

[2] Slug – Change the post slug. When editing the slug, 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 this feature, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Improve Your WordPress SEO With SEO-Friendly URLs

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

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple authors, use this option to assign a different author to your select post. Note: If your website only has a single author, this setting will not display. For a detailed tutorial about changing post authors, go here: WordPress User Roles – Post Authors

[5] Password -OR- Private – This section lets you password-protect posts or make them private (hidden from visitors). For more information on the practical uses of this feature, see this tutorial: Protecting Content In WordPress

[6] Cancel Button – Click this button to abandon your edit.

[7] Categories – Use this function to edit post categories. Note: You can edit or add new categories, but you cannot delete categories for your posts using the Quick Edit feature. For a detailed tutorial on how to add, edit, and delete WordPress post categories, go here: Configuring Categories In WordPress

[8] Tags – This function allows you to change your post tags. Note: You can add and edit tags, but you cannot delete a post tag using the inline editor. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial on adding, editing, and deleting tags in WordPress, go here: Adding, Editing, And Deleting WordPress Post Tags

[9] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Check or uncheck the boxes in this section to allow/disallow pings and comments for your posts. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial the use of comments on WordPress posts, go here: How To Configure Discussion Settings In WordPress

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

(Quick Edit – Status options)

[11] Make this post sticky – Tick or untick the checkboxes in this area to make your posts ‘sticky’. For more information about using this option, see this tutorial:

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

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

Bulk Edit Posts Using Quick Edit

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

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

(Table of Posts – Bulk edit WordPress posts)

The Bulk Edit feature presents all your post settings …

(Bulk editor screen)

Most of the settings are the same as those listed in the regular Quick Edit screen with minor differences.

For example, depending on your active WordPress theme, you may or may not see an option called Format. Use the pull-down menu to change the post format.

(Bulk Edit – Post Formats)

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

You can also remove a specific post from Bulk Edit by clicking on the remove icon …

(Remove from the bulk editor)

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.

How To Use Quick Edit To Edit WordPress Page Details

Since WordPress Posts are different than WordPress Pages (to learn more about the differences, go here), the Quick Edit feature presents a few different options when you are working with Pages.

Go to your WordPress Dashboard and select Pages > All Pages

(Pages Menu – All Pages)

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

(Table Of Pages)

Search for the item you would like to edit, hover over the title of your page to view the options menu and click on Quick Edit

(’Quick Edit’ feature)

The inline editor displays all of your page editing options …

(Inline editor section)

The  inline editor screen lets you modify the following options:

(WordPress Page Settings)

Plus …

(Quick Edit Screen – WordPress Page Settings)

[1] Title – Modify the title of your page.

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

[3] Date – Set your page date and time here. Note: Use this section to schedule your page to publish at a later date.

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

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

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

[7] Parent – Use the pulldown menu to specify whether your page is a ‘main’ page (displays at the top level) or a ‘child’ page (subpage) of another page (see diagram below)  …

(In WordPress, main pages and subpages are called ‘parent’ pages and ‘child’ pages)

[8] Order – This option is useful for rearranging the order of your page in page lists, menus, etc. Type a numerical value 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 includes a number of templates for your pages, you can select a new template using the pulldown Template menu.

(Inline editor – 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, Private, etc.

(Inline editor – Status drop-down menu)

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

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

Bulk Edit WordPress Pages Using Quick Edit

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

To make bulk changes to pages using the Quick 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 Apply

(Table of Pages – Bulk edit WP pages)

The Bulk Edit feature presents various bulk page editing options …

(Bulk editor – Page editing options)

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

For example, the Comments setting changes from a checkbox to a drop-down menu …

(Comments menu)

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

(Bulk editor options)

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

(Remove individual items from the bulk editor)

Adding Custom Settings To The Inline Editor

In addition to using the inline editor’s built-in options, you can also customize Quick Edit and Bulk Edit using plugins, like the one shown below:

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit – WordPress Plugin)

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

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

After installing and activating the plugin, configure the plugin settings …

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin – Settings)

Configure settings to add custom options to pages and posts …

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit)

New edit fields will now display in your Bulk/Quick editor screen …

(Bulk Editor – Custom Edit Fields)

For more details, go here}:

Congratulations, now you know how to use the Quick Edit function of WordPress to edit various elements of WordPress pages and posts.

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