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Basic Commands I: The Edit Toolbar[edit]

Alright, time to get down to business. You've learned how to ask a question on a talk page and on a Discussion forum. Now is the best time to learn the ways to modify your text to make everything you say more useful. Below is a list of features you will find on the edit toolbar (and a few bonus features), and their functions:

Text formatting[edit]

Ok, text formatting is important if you want to be bold or italic. Here's how it's done:

  • '''Bold text''' will appear as Bold text. This can be achieved by pressing the first button on the toolbar, the bold B.
  • ''Italic text'' will appear as Italic text. This can be achieved by pressing the second button on the toolbar, the italic I.

Adding Links[edit]

Adding links is an important part of the wiki. It's what makes a wiki a wiki. You'll need to know how to add a link.

  • To add an external link (to a page not on this wiki) use single brackets like this: []. This can be done via the toolbar by pressing the globe, then adding the URL.
    • The default display text is [1]. You can change it by typing [ the text you want to display]. All you need is a space after the URL.
  • To add an internal link (to a page on this wiki) use double brackets like this, with the name of the page in the brackets [[SRD:Light]]. this can be done via the toolbar by clicking the underlined Ab and adding the page name.
    • Default display text is the page name. You can change it to Light, or anything else, by typing [[SRD:Light|text you want to display]] All you need is the Pipe (|) between the page name and the text you want to show.

General Use[edit]

Some other useful bits of wikicode include:

  • Headlines. We discussed headlines on Essential Formatting I: Talk Pages, but I'll go over them again now. This can be done via the toolbar by pressing the big A, or by surrounding the desired headline with two equal signs, like so: ==Headline goes here==.
  • Pictures. Pictures add a lot to a page. To add a picture, first you must upload a file <link coming>. After that, go to the desired page and press the little picture. [[File:Example.jpg]] should appear, and you can change that name to the name of your picture. For more information on pictures, check out this link <when I get to it>.
  • File Link. This is not commonly used on this wiki, so I'll leave that out of this user guide. <for now, at least>
  • Math. The square root of n button allows you to imbed math into a page. It can be tricky, and often times there isn't much math to discuss. I'll leave that off this guide, for now.
  • No wiki. I've been using that a lot on this page. Sometimes you want to show someone how to leave an edit. By typing <nowiki>Whatever wiki code you want.</nowiki> you can allow wikicode to show up on the page, without it performing it's function.
  • Signature. At this point I'd hope you're familiar with the signature. it's simple. --~~~~ shows up as --Badger 17:17, 7 June 2010 (UTC), allowing everyone to see who posted what when.
  • Horizontal Line. This is a feature often overlooked by users. While it should not be used often, it does have times when it is necessary. If you feel that your page needs a line, type ----, or press the horizontal line button on the line where you want the line.

Bonus Features[edit]

Sometimes you want to do something not in the toolbar. That's ok, here are a few things you can do:

  • 3 tildes (~~~) will show up as your name with a link to your user page, in my case Badger.
  • 5 tildes (~~~~~) will show up as the date, for instance: 17:17, 7 June 2010 (UTC).
  • '''''Bold and Italic text''''' will appear as Bold and Italic text. This can be done on the toolbar by making bold text, then highlighting it and clicking the italics button (or vice versa).
  • Bulleted lists can be made by using the asterisk (*).
    • You can indent your bullets like this by using two asterisks (**).
      • You can even go deeper by using more asterisks (***).
  • Numbered lists can be made by using the number sign (#) instead of the asterisk.
    • Just like the asterisk, the number sign can be indented. When indented, numbering starts from one again.

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