Copy a post?

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  • #3216797

    Every post I write has the same quite specific format, and for that reason, Copy a Post is very useful to me. I’m used to using the Classic Editor and it does everything I need perfectly easily, but now that the Copy a Post function has disappeared from it in WordPress’s attempt to “encourage” me to change, I’m lost.

    Is there still Copy a Post functionality somewhere I’m not aware of? Do I have to use the newer editor to access it? If not, will it return? It’s a massive timesaver, I don’t see any reason to remove it.

    Thank you.

    #3217220

    musicdoc1
    Member

    Hi,

    Which editor are you referring to as the “Classic Editor”? Is it in the WP-Admin or the My Sites interface?

    #3217225

    musicdoc1
    Member

    If you’re referring to the “old” or “classic” editor at My Sites, then the Copy a Post option may be found in the following locations:

    for posts
    1. at Blog Posts > selected post, in the toggle menu — Click the three-dot icon to the right of any post title to open the toggle menu, and choose the “Duplicate” option.
    2. in a post editor at Settings > More Options

    for pages
    1. at Site Pages > selected page, in the toggle menu — Click the three-dot icon to the right of any page title to open the toggle menu, and choose the “Copy” option.
    2. in a page editor at Settings > More Options

    #3217250

    Hi,

    Sorry, I didn’t mean to be imprecise. The editor I use is the WP-Admin one, where in the Posts menu there are now four options: All Posts, Add New, Categories, and Tags. (Copy a Post used to be a fifth.) If I click on All Posts, I see the list of my posts with an Add New button at the very top, next to a drop-down menu with two options for a new post: Gutenberg and Classic Editor. The Classic Editor is what I’m referring to.

    (If I click on Classic Editor, then the Copy a Post option on the sidebar is visible again, but clicking on it just takes me to the Gutenberg editor and doesn’t actually let me copy anything.)

    I have just looked at My Sites, and under Blog Posts, when I open the three-dot menu, there’s no option given to duplicate a post. The options I see are Edit, View, Stats, Comments, Share, and Trash. I also can’t see More Options under Settings. Perhaps I’m not looking in the right place?

    Thank you for your response though, and I hope what I’ve written makes sense.

    #3217263

    musicdoc1
    Member

    The editor I use is the WP-Admin one

    Okay, thanks. I use that editor all the time as well, and I’ve been unable to locate the Copy a Post option in it.

    I have just looked at My Sites, and under Blog Posts, when I open the three-dot menu, there’s no option given to duplicate a post. The options I see are Edit, View, Stats, Comments, Share, and Trash. I also can’t see More Options under Settings. Perhaps I’m not looking in the right place?

    No, you’re looking in the right places. What is you’re User Role on the site? Every administrator should be able to view those features. I’m not sure about Editors.

    I’m going to call for staff attention to the topic for the following reasons:
    1. Like you, I don’t find the Copy a Post option in WP-Admin editors, and I don’t know why they would be missing.
    2. I don’t have explanations for why you’re not seeing the “Duplicate” option and the “More Options” tab as described above.

    #3217265

    musicdoc1
    Member

    Correction: “your User Role”

    #3217294

    First of all, I appreciate the attention you’re paying and I’m sorry your copy button has gone too!

    I’m the Administrator. I’m the only user at all in fact.

    I’m having another look at the WP-Admin page, and things have changed a little, weirdly. The Copy a Post option has returned to the Posts menu, but while clicking on it takes me to the WP-Admin editor I don’t have a list of posts to choose from, so I still can’t copy one.

    However, on the My Sites page, the Duplicate button has appeared in the toggle menu and works correctly.

    I don’t know what’s happening. I was going to suggest that it’s a problem on my end but as you’ve experienced the same problem (in part) my assumption is still that it has something to do with trying to move users to the newer editors? Maybe things will keep disappearing and reappearing for a while. Either way, I’m going to make hay while the sun shines and duplicate a few posts for future use!

    #3217306

    /wp-admin/post-new.php?classic-editor#copyapost is where you need to be in /wp-admin
    You only get there by clicking “All posts” in the black lefthand menu and then toggle the arrow next to “Add new” in the grey part of the screen to make sure you are REALLY in classic and not gutenberg.
    PS: Saying that, although Copy a post is there I couldn’t actually get it to work. Just got a “searching” message whatever word I added (and I tried in both Edge and Chrome).

    #3217332

    That is what I was doing when I described the drop-down box a few posts ago.

    However, here’s an embarrassing admission – it’s possible I just wasn’t seeing the list of posts to copy from because the Writing Helper was closed. I just noticed that, and opened it, and the list of posts is right there as normal.

    It’s still the case that for a while, the Copy a Post link in the sidebar was completely missing, and I did for a time experience the problem I described earlier:

    (If I click on Classic Editor, then the Copy a Post option on the sidebar is visible again, but clicking on it just takes me to the Gutenberg editor and doesn’t actually let me copy anything.)

    …but right now the WP-Admin page appears to be correctly working, as before. Perhaps that will be useful to you, musicdoc1.

    But I still don’t know if things will jump around again. Time will tell.

    #3217335

    musicdoc1
    Member

    @themagicrobot,
    @michaeljglass,

    I now find the Copy a Post button at every post editor, draft and published posts. It’s under Writing Helper, and it works for me. I guess it was hidden under Writing Helper before. I don’t know why sometimes those modules are closed and sometime open. Is there a setting that controls that behavior?

    If you don’t find the Writing Helper module in every post editor, then try checking the box labeled Writing Helper in Screen Options at any post editor. In my tests, checking that box in the Screen Options of any random post editor appears to make it appear at all post editors.

    #3217339

    musicdoc1
    Member

    @michaeljglass,

    it’s possible I just wasn’t seeing the list of posts to copy from because the Writing Helper was closed. I just noticed that, and opened it, and the list of posts is right there as normal.

    That’s essentially what I experienced too. I think it was hidden before.

    #3217348

    I’m glad you finally found the right settings. It’s taken me an hour to get my head round this. There’s far too much clicking required now we have three editors. It appears that if you switch from Gutenberg to the classic editor in the “My Sites/Calypso” dashboard and THEN go to /wp-admin there is no toggle arrow showing for classic/gutenberg. Now I am finally in the REAL REAL wp-admin and copy a post works just fine. When you have that choice to toggle between editors copy a post doesn’t load in the /wp-admin classic editor (for me).

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