Easy Digital Downloads – How to Bulk Edit Product Categories

Imagine you want to move all your products from a category to another one. In that case, you would normally have to open all the products you want to edit, assign the new category, delete the old category, click on Update, etc. You’d have to do that with each one of the products you’re editing.

Another case may be when you want to assign categories to products that don’t contain any category. In this case, you would have to again open the products without categories, assign categories, hit Update, close, open another and repeat the same process.

Of course, this may not sound so tedious if you have to edit just five products. But just imagine you need to edit 500 products. That’ll be a hard task.

That’s why we want to show you how to bulk edit product categories in your EDD products. We’ll use the Easy Digital Downloads Spreadsheet plugin, which allows you to edit your downloads completely on a spreadsheet.

You can download the plugin here:

Download Easy Digital Downloads Spreadsheet Plugin - or - Read more

Once installed and activated, open the plugin by going to WP Sheet Editor > Edit Downloads. You’ll see a spreadsheet with all downloads and their info.

After that, you have these two options to edit your product categories:

Even if you edit your product categories individually on the spreadsheet, you’ll still save a lot of time. You just need to go to the Download Categories column, select the categories on all the products you want, and then click on Save.

You can quickly edit hundreds of product categories. You need to use the Bulk Edit tool to apply that change to your products. It’s located on the plugin’s toolbar, so just click on it to open.

Filter your products

After opening the Bulk Edit tool, you can filter all your downloads by keyword, status, author, category or tag.

For this, you just need to select the I want to search rows to update option in the Select the rows that you want to update dropdown.

That will open a Search tool that will show you these search fields:

  • Contains keyword – Enter a specific keyword to search for all products containing it.
  • Status – Search for all products marked as published, draft, etc.
  • Author – Enter a specific user to filter all products created by that person.
  • Category, Tags – Enter download categories or tags to filter your products using that search parameter.

Once you’ve decided how to filter your products, just click on Run search.

Edit categories on your products filtered

After you filter your products, you’ll be taken back to the Bulk Edit tool. Here you just need to set these values in order to assign a new category to your products:

  • Select the rows that you want to update: I want to search rows to update
  • What field do you want to edit: Download Categories
  • Select type of edit: Set value
  • Replace existing value with this value: Enter the product category you want to assign to your products.
  • Click on Execute now.


Assigning new categories to your products doesn’t have to be a headache. You can do it in just some minutes with the Easy Digital Downloads Spreadsheet.

You can download the plugin here:

Download Easy Digital Downloads Spreadsheet Plugin - or - Read more

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