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This is a basic tutorial.

There are links to "sandbox" pages where you can practice what you're learning. Try things out and play around! Nobody will mind if you mess up and experiment in these practice areas.

So, let's learn about editing!

With the exception of a few protected pages, every page has an "Edit" tab which lets you edit the page you are looking at. It is's most basic feature, and allows you to make corrections and add facts to pages. If you add information to page, please provide references, because unreferenced facts may be removed.

First, provide an edit summary, or explanation of your changes, in the Edit summary box. Second, you should always use the Show preview button to look at your edit and catch mistakes. Finally, click on Save Page, and your edit will be visible to everyone in the world!

To practice editing, go to the sandbox and click the "Edit" tab. When you click the "Edit" tab, that will open an editing window containing the text for that page. Type in whatever you or just replace words for your own words. Now click the Save page button and see what you have done! Edit summary

Your first practice edit (above) left off two steps that you should do if you are editing an article or other page that people will read. So click the "Edit" tab again, enter some text, and then do those two additional steps.

First, any time you edit a page, it is considered good etiquette to enter a explanation of your changes in the Edit summary box, which you'll find below the edit window. It's okay for your explanation to be quite short. For example, if you are making a spelling correction, you might just type "typo". Also, if the change you have made to a page is minor, such as correcting a spelling or grammar error, it's helpful if you check the box "This is a minor edit". (This box is only available if you have logged in.) For your sandbox edit, you probably want an edit summary such as "Testing".

Show preview

The "Show preview" button is right next to the "save page" button and below the edit summary field.

Second, you should always use the Show preview button. After you've entered a change in the edit box for the sandbox, click the Show preview button instead of Save Page. This lets you to see what the page will look like after your edit, before you actually save. We all make mistakes; this feature helps you catch them before other people see them. Using Show Preview before saving also lets you try format changes and other edits without cluttering up the page history. Do not forget to save your edits after previewing, though!

Save the page

Done the edit summary? Previewed the page? Then you're ready for the final step: click the Save page button.


Formatting a page is a bit different from writing on a standard word processor. Instead of a strict WYSIWYG approach ("What You See Is What You Get"), uses text codes to create particular elements of the page (e.g., headings). This markup language is known as Wikitext (or Wiki-markup) and is designed for ease of editing.

Bold and italics

The most commonly used wiki tags are bold and italics. Bolding and italicising are done by surrounding a word or phrase with multiple apostrophes ('): If you type italic with two apostrophes either side you get italic. If you type bold with three apostrophes either side you get bold. If you type bold italic with five apostrophes either side you get bold italic.

Headings and subheadings

Headings and subheadings are a way to improve the organisation of information. Headings are created like this using the equal sign =: So, if you type Heading with two equal signs either side you get ==Heading== . If you type Subheading with three equal signs either side you get ===Subheading=== .

If an article has at least four headings, a table of contents will automatically be generated.


Wikitext contains all the features required to for formatting and knowledge of HTML code is not necessary, although it is often used for more specific formatting such as using colors, text and paragraph styles, and page layout.

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