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This Editing Overview has a lot of examples. You may want to keep this page open in a separate browser window for reference while you edit.  If you want the super-quickie help, see the [[Quickstart Guide]].
{{PD Help Page}}
:[[Help:Editing pages|Editing pages]]
:[[Help:Starting a new page|Starting a new page]]
:[[Help:User page|User pages]]
:[[Help:Talk pages|Talk pages]]
;Advanced Editing
:[[Help:Managing files|Managing files]]
:[[Help:Moving a page|Moving a page]]
:[[Help:Deleting a page|Deleting a page]]
Each of the topics covered here is covered somewhere else in more detail. See box at right for that
== Editing  basics ==
;Start editing
:To start editing a [[w:MediaWiki|MediaWiki]] page, click the '''Edit this page''' (or just '''edit''') link at one of its edges. This brings you to the '''edit page''': a page with a text box containing the ''[[w:wikitext|wikitext]]'': the editable source code from which the server produces the webpage. ''If you just want to experiment, please do so in the [[{{ns:4}}:Sandbox|sandbox]], not here''.
;Type your changes
:You can just type your text. However, also using basic wiki markup (described in the next section) to make links and do simple formatting adds to the value of your contribution.
;Summarize your changes
:Write a short [[Help:Edit summary|edit summary]] in the small field below the edit-box. You may use shorthand to describe your changes, as described in the [[{{ns:4}}:Edit summary legend|legend]].
;Preview before saving
:When you have finished, click '''[[Help:Show preview|Show preview]]''' to see how your changes will look -- '''before''' you make them permanent.  Repeat the edit/preview process until you are satisfied, then click '''Save page''' and your changes will be immediately applied to the article.
{{:Help:Wikitext quick reference}} <!-- Edit this at [[Help:Wikitext quick reference]] -->
== Minor edits ==
A [[Help:Logging in|logged-in]] user can mark an edit as "minor". [[Help:Minor edit|Minor edit]]s are generally spelling corrections, formatting, and minor rearrangement of text. Users may choose to ''hide'' minor edits when viewing [[Help:Recent changes|Recent Changes]].
Marking a significant change as a minor edit is considered bad Wikiquette. If you have accidentally marked an edit as minor, make a [[Help:Dummy edit|dummy edit]], verify that the "<small>'''[&nbsp;] This is a minor edit'''</small>" check-box is unchecked, and explain in the edit summary that the previous edit was not minor.
==See also==
*[[Help:Editing FAQ]]
*[[Help:Automatic conversion of wikitext]]
*[[Help:Editing toolbar]]
*[[Help:HTML in wikitext]]
*[[Help:Administration#Page protection|Protecting pages]]
*[http://wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Cheatsheet Wikipedia:Cheatsheet]&mdash;a listing of the basic editing commands.
*[[Help:Starting a new page]]
*[[w:HTML element|HTML elements]].
*[[Wikipedia:Manual of Style]]

Revision as of 09:35, 8 February 2009

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Editing pages
Starting a new page
User pages
Talk pages
Advanced Editing
Managing files
Moving a page
Deleting a page
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