How to Find Your Saved Drafts in WordPress

How to Find Your Saved Drafts in WordPress

Last Updated on July 15, 2022 by Oluwatuyi

Are you trying to find your saved drafts in WordPress?

Most of the time it’s easy to find your drafted posts and pages, but sometimes they can go missing.

So, we will share several ways to find your saved drafts in WordPress.

Why Can’t You Find Your Saved Drafts in WordPress?

When you’re getting started with your WordPress site, it takes time to learn the admin area.

You might save a draft, and then move on to another task. Then when you want to continue working on that draft, you may struggle to find your post.

It may be in a place you don’t expect, or it may have been accidentally deleted, especially if you have a multi-author blog with other users who have access to your drafts.

If you can’t find your draft, don’t panic. Even if it was deleted, there are still ways to get it back.

How to Find Your Saved Drafts in WordPress

Check the Quick Draft Box for Missing Drafts

If you used the Quick Draft tool in the dashboard, then your drafts may seem to vanish when you click on the ‘Save Draft’ button.

dashboard quick draft

If you recently created the draft, then you should still be able to find it in your WordPress Dashboard.

Simply click on ‘Dashboard’ in the left-hand menu and find the Quick Draft box. You’ll see all of your most recent drafts in this box.

To carry on working on any of these drafts, simply click on its blue title.

wordpress quick draft

If the Quick Draft section is missing, then you can bring it back by clicking on the Screen Options tab on the top right of the page.

Just make sure the ‘Quick Draft’ checkbox is checked, and it should reappear.

screen options quick draft

Find Missing Drafts in the WordPress Pages and Posts Menus

Another easy way to find your saved drafts in your WordPress blog is to head over to Posts » All Posts for your posts, or Pages » All Pages for pages.

Once you’ve done that, you should see a ‘Drafts’ tab.

wordpress find drafts

After clicking on the Drafts tab, you’ll see all of your saved draft posts.

You can now see options to edit, trash, or preview any of these posts by hovering your mouse over the draft.

wordpress edit drafts

Use the Direct Link to View all Your WordPress Post Drafts

Another option is to jump straight to the ‘Drafts’ screen using a direct link.

To start, make sure you’re logged into your WordPress dashboard. For more information, please see our guide on how to find your WordPress login URL.

Once you’ve done that, you’ll need to add some text to the end of your website’s URL. This text will be different depending on whether you want to see your drafted posts or pages.

To find all of your drafted posts, add the following to the end of your website’s URL:

/wp-admin/edit.php?post_status=draft&post_type=post

For example, if your website’s URL was ‘www.urwebsiteurl.com’ then you would need to paste the following into your browser’s address bar:

www.urwebsiteurl.com/wp-admin/edit.php?post_status=draft&post_type=post
draft post url

Then just press the Enter key on your keyboard. You will now be redirected to a screen showing all your drafted WordPress posts.

To see all of your drafted pages instead, add the following to the end of your website’s URL and press Enter:

/wp-admin/edit.php?post_status=draft&post_type=page

Once you’ve done that, WordPress will show a screen containing all of your drafted pages.

draft page url

Check Your WordPress Trash for Missing Drafts

Have you checked the ‘Drafts’ tab, but still can’t find your drafted page or post?

If a draft is missing, there’s a chance it may have been deleted by accident. If you’ve added other WordPress users or authors to your site, then it’s possible someone else may have deleted your draft.

Luckily, WordPress makes it easy to restore deleted posts and pages.

Just like your computer, WordPress moves deleted items into a ‘Trash’ folder. These pages and posts will no longer show up in your ‘Drafts’ tab, but they’re not deleted permanently right away.

By default, WordPress will keep items in the trash folder for 30 days.

To look inside your trash folder, either go to Pages » All Pages, or Posts » All Posts.

Once you’ve done that, simply click on the ‘Trash’ tab.

Here you’ll find all your deleted posts or pages. If you see your missing draft, then hover your mouse over it.

After that, just click on the ‘Restore’ link.

wordpress restore trash

Now, you can find this drafted page or post in your ‘Drafts’ tab following the same process described above.

We hope this article helped you learn how to find your saved drafts in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to add keywords and meta descriptions in WordPress. If you have any issue on this, you can use our comment session or join our delegate on Facebook to solve any issues related to WordPress and subscribe to our YouTube Channel for WordPress video tutorials.

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