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How To Use The WordPress Quick Edit Feature

Posts and Pages not only contain content but also information and settings about the pages or posts themselves.

For example:

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

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

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

How To Use The Quick Edit Function Of WordPress

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

Editing Posts With The WordPress Inline Editor

Go to your WordPress Dashboard and click on Posts > All Posts

(Posts Menu – All Posts)

The Posts screen will appear, displaying all the posts on your site …

(Table Of Posts)

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

(’Quick Edit’ function)

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

(Inline editor – options)

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

(Post Settings – Quick Edit Screen)

Also …

(Quick Edit Screen – WordPress Post Settings)

Quick Edit Screen – WordPress Post Settings

[1] Title – Replace the post title.

[2] Slug – Edit the post slug. Important: 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. “like-this-example-url”). For more information about using this feature to improve SEO, see this step-by-step tutorial: Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO

[3] Date – Change your post date and time in this section. Note: You can schedule your post to be published at a future date using this option. For more information about changing post dates to schedule posts, go here: How To Schedule WordPress Blog Posts

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple authors, use the Author dropdown menu to assign a new author to the post. Note: If your site only has a single author, this setting will not be displayed. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to change 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 this feature, see this tutorial: WordPress Content Protection For Posts And Pages

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

[7] Categories – This setting lets you edit post categories. Note: You can edit and add new categories, but you cannot delete categories using the inline editor. For more information on how to add, edit, and delete WordPress categories, see this tutorial: Configuring Categories

[8] Tags – Use this section to specify new post tags for your post items. Note: You can edit or add tags in this section, but you cannot delete a tag for your post using Quick Edit. For a tutorial on how to add, edit, and delete WordPress post tags, go here: How To Set Up And Use Tags

[9] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Tick/untick the checkboxes in this area to allow/disallow pings and comments for your posts. For a detailed tutorial about commenting on WordPress posts, go here: WordPress Discussion Settings

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

(Post status drop-down menu)

[11] Make this post sticky – Tick/untick the checkboxes in this section to make posts ‘sticky’. For more information about using this option, see this step-by-step tutorial:

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

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

Bulk Editing Post Settings Using The Quick Edit Feature

In addition to making changes to individual posts, you can also bulk edit posts using the inline editor.

To make bulk changes to posts using the Quick Editor, select the check boxes next to the posts you want to edit, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click Apply

(Bulk edit WordPress posts)

The inline bulk editor expands and displays all your post settings …

(Bulk Edit screen)

Most of these settings are the same as those shown 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 pulldown menu to change the format of your post (options: Standard, Aside, Gallery, Link, Image, Quote, or Status.)

(Format Options)

For more information about WordPress post formats, go here:

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

(Remove items from Bulk Edit)

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

Editing WordPress Page Details With The Quick Edit Feature

Since Posts differ from Pages (to learn more about the differences, go here), the Quick Edit function displays a few different options when you are working with WordPress Pages.

Log into your WP Dashboard and click on Pages > All Pages

(Pages – All Pages)

The Pages screen will load in your browser and display a list of all your pages …

(Table Of Pages)

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

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

The inline editor displays the options for editing your page …

(Quick Edit – options)

The  inline editor section allows you to change the following options on your page:

(Quick Edit – WordPress Page Settings)

Plus …

(Page Options)

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

[2] Slug – Modify your page slug in this field. When editing the URL, include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate all with a hyphen (e.g. this-is-a-page-url).

[3] Date – This field lets you set the page date and time. Note: Use this feature to schedule pages to be published at a future date.

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple page authors, use this function to assign a different author to your page. Note: If your website only has 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 – Click this button to cancel your edit.

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

(In WordPress, main pages and subpages are referred to as ‘parent’ pages and ‘child’ pages)

[8] Order – Use this option to specify the order of your page in a page list, menu, etc. Enter a numerical value into this field. For example, assigning a page a value of “1” will display it before pages with a higher numerical value (e.g. ”2”, “9”, etc.).

[9] Template – If your theme provides multiple page templates, you can change the template by selecting a new one from the dropdown 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, Private, etc.

(Page status pulldown menu)

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

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

Bulk Edit WordPress Pages Using The Inline Editor

In addition to editing individual pages, you can also bulk edit pages using the Quick Editor.

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

(Table of Pages – Bulk editing pages in WordPress)

The inline bulk editor expands and displays your editing options …

(Bulk editor screen)

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

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

(Bulk Edit – Comments)

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

(Bulk Edit options)

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

(Removing entries from Bulk Edit)

Adding Custom Options To Quick Edit

As well as using the inline editor’s core features, you can customize the Quick/Bulk editor using plugins. For example, here’s a plugin you can use to add custom options to Quick Edit and Bulk Edit:

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit)

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

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

Once the plugin has been installed, configure the plugin settings …

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin – Settings)

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

(Configure the plugin settings)

New edit fields will now appear in your Bulk/Quick Edit area …

(Bulk Editor – Custom Edit Fields)

For more details, go here}:

Congratulations! Now you know how to use the inline editor feature (Quick Edit) in WordPress to edit various elements of your posts and pages.

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