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I've used add_meta_box() to add a custom meta box to the WordPress edit window on both pages and posts.

How can I make this meta box also show on the "Quick Edit" screen?

Ideally, I'd like it to appear just to the right of the Categories selector.

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I have also answered this with a more simple way to do it on this post here wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/7291/… –  jaredwilli Jan 30 '11 at 11:12
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There seems to be no easy way to do this, you must add all code yourself. inline_edit_row(), the function that draws the Quick Edit and Bulk Edit screens, seems to have only one action that you can hook into: quick_edit_custom_box or bulk_edit_custom_box. It gets called for all non-core columns that wp_manage_posts_columns() returns. There are some filters you can use to add a column, for example manage_posts_columns. Unfortunately, this function defines the column headers of the post table, so you should remove it again before print_column_headers() prints them. This can be done in the get_column_headers() function, with the manage_[screen_id]_headers filter. edit-post is the screen id for the Edit Posts screen.

All together, this gives a hack like the following to add some code. Finding out where you can handle the form submission is (currently) left as a exercise to the reader.

// Add a dummy column for the `posts` post type    
add_filter('manage_posts_columns', 'add_dummy_column', 10, 2);
function add_dummy_column($posts_columns, $post_type)
{
    $posts_columns['dummy'] = 'Dummy column';
    return $posts_columns;
}
// But remove it again on the edit screen (other screens to?)
add_filter('manage_edit-post_columns', 'remove_dummy_column');
function remove_dummy_column($posts_columns)
{
    unset($posts_columns['dummy']);
    return $posts_columns;
}

// Add our text to the quick edit box
add_action('quick_edit_custom_box', 'on_quick_edit_custom_box', 10, 2);
function on_quick_edit_custom_box($column_name, $post_type)
{
    if ('dummy' == $column_name) {
        echo 'Extra content in the quick edit box';
    }
}

// Add our text to the bulk edit box
add_action('bulk_edit_custom_box', 'on_bulk_edit_custom_box', 10, 2);
function on_bulk_edit_custom_box($column_name, $post_type)
{
    if ('dummy' == $column_name) {
        echo 'Extra content in the bulk edit box';
    }
}
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Thanks Jan. I've just asked a somewhat similar question if you'd be kind enough to check it out:wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/3531/… –  Scott B Nov 1 '10 at 20:13
    
i just +1ed it. So don't wonder it got more than just half of the rep points of the Q. Nice comment from scott :) –  kaiser Mar 30 '11 at 12:22
    
Very helpful, Jan. Follow-up question: how do you get access to the current post's data inside on_bulk_edit_custom_box in order to prepopulate fields? global $post doesn't seem to work. –  Geert Oct 19 '11 at 7:28
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The above answers don't provide a definite means to save data. The following code comes out of a production system using the video custom post type before I wrote the the WordPress bulk edit plugin Custom Bulk/Quick Edit.

File quick_edit.js

// @ref http://rachelcarden.com/2012/03/manage-wordpress-posts-using-bulk-edit-and-quick-edit/
(function($) {
    // we create a copy of the WP inline edit post function
    var $wp_inline_edit = inlineEditPost.edit;
    // and then we overwrite the function with our own code
    inlineEditPost.edit = function( id ) {
        // "call" the original WP edit function
        // we don't want to leave WordPress hanging
        $wp_inline_edit.apply( this, arguments );

        // now we take care of our business

        // get the post ID
        var $post_id = 0;
        if ( typeof( id ) == 'object' )
            $post_id = parseInt( this.getId( id ) );

        if ( $post_id > 0 ) {
            // define the edit row
            var $edit_row = $( '#edit-' + $post_id );
            var $post_row = $( '#post-' + $post_id );

            // get the data
            var $additional_copies = $( '.column-additional_copies', $post_row ).html();
            var $main_credits      = $( '.column-main_credits', $post_row ).html();

            // populate the data
            $( ':input[name="additional_copies"]', $edit_row ).val( $additional_copies );
            $( ':input[name="main_credits"]', $edit_row ).val( $main_credits );
        }
    };

    $( '#bulk_edit' ).live( 'click', function() {
        // define the bulk edit row
        var $bulk_row = $( '#bulk-edit' );

        // get the selected post ids that are being edited
        var $post_ids = new Array();
        $bulk_row.find( '#bulk-titles' ).children().each( function() {
            $post_ids.push( $( this ).attr( 'id' ).replace( /^(ttle)/i, '' ) );
        });

        // get the data
        var $additional_copies = $bulk_row.find( 'textarea[name="additional_copies"]' ).val();
        var $main_credits      = $bulk_row.find( 'textarea[name="main_credits"]' ).val();

        // save the data
        $.ajax({
            url: ajaxurl, // this is a variable that WordPress has already defined for us
            type: 'POST',
            async: false,
            cache: false,
            data: {
                action: 'save_bulk_edit_video', // this is the name of our WP AJAX function that we'll set up next
                post_ids: $post_ids, // and these are the 2 parameters we're passing to our function
                additional_copies: $additional_copies,
                main_credits: $main_credits
            }
        });
    });
})(jQuery);

File video-quick-edit.php

<?php
/**
 *  Quick Edit and Bulk Edit helper for Media Burn video records
 *
 *  @author Michael Cannon <mc@aihr.us>
 *  @ref http://rachelcarden.com/2012/03/manage-wordpress-posts-using-bulk-edit-and-quick-edit/
 */

add_action( 'bulk_edit_custom_box', 'quick_edit_custom_box_video', 10, 2 );
add_action( 'quick_edit_custom_box', 'quick_edit_custom_box_video', 10, 2 );

function quick_edit_custom_box_video( $column_name, $post_type ) {
    $slug = 'video';
    if ( $slug !== $post_type )
        return;

    if ( ! in_array( $column_name, array( 'additional_copies', 'main_credits' ) ) )
        return;

    static $printNonce = true;
    if ( $printNonce ) {
        $printNonce = false;
        wp_nonce_field( plugin_basename( __FILE__ ), 'video_edit_nonce' );
    }

?>
    <fieldset class="inline-edit-col-right inline-edit-video">
      <div class="inline-edit-col inline-edit-<?php echo $column_name ?>">
        <label class="inline-edit-group">
        <?php
    switch ( $column_name ) {
    case 'additional_copies':
?>
            <span class="title">Additional Copies</span>
            <textarea cols="22" rows="1" name="additional_copies" autocomplete="off"></textarea>
            <?php
        break;
    case 'main_credits':
?>
            <span class="title">Main Credits</span>
            <textarea cols="22" rows="1" name="main_credits" autocomplete="off"></textarea>
            <?php
        break;
    }
?>
        </label>
      </div>
    </fieldset>
    <?php
}


add_action( 'save_post', 'save_video_meta' );

function save_video_meta( $post_id ) {
    // TODO make $slug static
    $slug = 'video';
    if ( $slug !== $_POST['post_type'] )
        return;

    if ( !current_user_can( 'edit_post', $post_id ) )
        return;

    if ( defined( 'DOING_AUTOSAVE' ) && DOING_AUTOSAVE )
        return;

    if ( isset( $post->post_type ) && 'revision' == $post->post_type )
        return;

    $_POST += array( "{$slug}_edit_nonce" => '' );
    if ( !wp_verify_nonce( $_POST["{$slug}_edit_nonce"], plugin_basename( __FILE__ ) ) )
        return;

    if ( isset( $_REQUEST['additional_copies'] ) )
        update_post_meta( $post_id, 'additional_copies', wp_kses_post( $_REQUEST['additional_copies'] ) );

    if ( isset( $_REQUEST['main_credits'] ) )
        update_post_meta( $post_id, 'main_credits', wp_kses_post( $_REQUEST['main_credits'] ) );
}


add_action( 'admin_print_scripts-edit.php', 'admin_edit_video_foot' );
function admin_edit_video_foot() {
    $slug = 'video';
    // load only when editing a video
    if ( ( isset( $_GET['page'] ) && $slug == $_GET['page'] )
        || ( isset( $_GET['post_type'] ) && $slug == $_GET['post_type'] ) ) {
        wp_enqueue_script( 'admin-quick-edit-video', get_template_directory_uri() . '/functions/user/custom/fitv/quick_edit.js', array( 'jquery', 'inline-edit-post' ), '', true );
    }
}


add_action( 'wp_ajax_save_bulk_edit_video', 'save_bulk_edit_video' );
function save_bulk_edit_video() {
    $post_ids          = ( ! empty( $_POST[ 'post_ids' ] ) ) ? $_POST[ 'post_ids' ] : array();
    $additional_copies = ( ! empty( $_POST[ 'additional_copies' ] ) ) ? wp_kses_post( $_POST[ 'additional_copies' ] ) : null;
    $main_credits      = ( ! empty( $_POST[ 'main_credits' ] ) ) ? wp_kses_post( $_POST[ 'main_credits' ] ) : null;

    if ( ! empty( $post_ids ) && is_array( $post_ids ) ) {
        foreach ( $post_ids as $post_id ) {
            update_post_meta( $post_id, 'additional_copies', $additional_copies );
            update_post_meta( $post_id, 'main_credits', $main_credits );
        }
    }

    die();
}


?>
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