How to change the page template in WordPress

📝 Note: There is at least one custom page template file in your active Theme's folder. If you change your Theme, the page templates in your previously activated Theme will not display.

In WordPress, you can change the page template in two ways:

Quick Edit


Go to Dashboard > Pages > All Pages.


Select one of the existing pages that you want to modify and click  Quick Edit.


Go to the Templates options, choose one of the available templates, and click on Update.



While editing an individual page, open the Summary accordion.


Click on the Default Template that appears next to Template.


Select the desired template from the dropdown.

📝 Note: Page templates are not a default option for posts or custom post types.

🗂 Useful Resources

This doc refers to changing page templates for classic themes. If you're in search of templates for Full Site Editing (FSE) themes, you may find the following helpful guides:

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