Pre-Gutenberg, in the “Status & Visibility” panel, there used to be a way to change a Post’s status from “Published” to “Draft” or “Pending Review” – is that just gone now? The only way I can see to change a Page/Post’s status now via Quick Edit on the main admin-list page.

That’s not ideal, as often it is far easier to navigate to a Page on the front-end and use the top Admin bar to ‘Edit Page’ vs having to find the page in the backend control panel.

I've posted this WordPress.org forums too, to see if we can get the functionality back in a future update, just figured I'd see if anyone here had a solution or suggestion. Thanks.

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When editing a page, click on the cog wheel in the upper right corner to ensure the sidebar displays.

There should be two tabs: Document and Block. Make sure Document is selected.

There is an accordion item called Status & visibility, among Permalink, Discussion, and Page Attributes.

If you click on Status & visibility to expand it, there is a Visibility item in there.

Clicking on the current visibility reveals radio buttons to select Public, Private, or Password Protected.

To change a page from publish to draft, take a look at the top right, to the left of the Update button. There is a link that says Switch to draft.

Once it's back in draft, under Status & visibility, there is now a checkbox above the Move to trash link that says Pending review, and if you check that, at the top you can now Save as pending.

  • Understood, but what I want to do is change the Status from "Published" to "Draft". I can't see any way to do that, except in Quick Edit mode on the main Pages/Posts lists page.
    – Michelle
    Commented Aug 19, 2020 at 21:18
  • @Michelle I revised my answer-- sorry for missing those specifics. I didn't answer your question at all.
    – NightHawk
    Commented Aug 19, 2020 at 21:35
  • brilliant! Like so many "improvements" that one was very hard to find. Don't get me started on how much harder it is to View Page now ... :-) Thanks so much for your help!
    – Michelle
    Commented Aug 19, 2020 at 21:55
  • @Michelle Haha, yes, it's definitely an "improvement" :)
    – NightHawk
    Commented Aug 20, 2020 at 15:30

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