Library:Learn to Use the Wiki/Step2-5

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Step 2: Formatting & Headings

Basic formatting is quite simple, especially with the use of the tool bar.

  1. Type your text.
  2. Italicize or bold by highlighting the text and clicking on the appropriate button, which will put two and three apostrophes respectively around the appropriate text. You can even combine them to make bold and italicized text.

For more options and tips on formatting, check out Help:Formatting.


You want to organize your text using different levels of headings like any other document. On a new line, select the appropriate heading level (it's under Advanced on the toolbar) and fill in your text. The more equal signs, the lower level the heading. For example, "Headings" has 3 = signs on either side on a line of its own.

Notice that by the time you get to 5 equal signs it look more or less just like bold. The difference is that headers will automatically show up in the table of contents.

For more on headers, take a look at Help:Formatting#Headers_.26_Lines.

Step 3: Links & Images


Links can be either internal (to another wiki page) or external (to another webpage). If you use the toolbar, place your cursor where you want the link inserted and type all appropriate text in the box (as opposed to highlighting it).

  • Internal Links: uses the format [[wiki page name|optional display name]] (capitalization sensitive).
  • External Links: links will automatically link to the page, but if you want it to link some words use the format [link description], for example[ UBC Homepage], which gives UBC Hompage.

For more on links, see Help:Links


To add an image, click on the "embed file" or use [[Image:image name.ext]]. To resize, you can add "|200px" (for example to change the width to 200 pixels) after the image name to resize the image. You can also center the image by adding "|center" before the close bracket.

For more options and information, read over Help:Adding_Media, which includes adding other types of media.

Step 4: Categorize

Add your page to one or more appropriate categories. At the bottom of your page, add your page to a category using the format [[Category:category name]]. Each category will be listed at the bottom of the page.

For example, you should see "UBC Wiki" at the bottom of this page. You can also view the category page which shows you all the pages in that category. Categories help you organize and pool your pages together without having to keeping a list.

You can also make subcategories! See Help:Categories for more on categories.

Step 5: Save!

Finally, add a quick note in the "Summary:" box to let people know what you did, and save!

At any time, if you just want a preview, you can use the preview button instead. You can also undo your change, by going to the "history" tab and clicking on "undo" to undo all the revisions up to that point.

Rename/Move/Delete a Page

You can also rename a page by moving it (using the move tab at the top). If you would like to delete a page, you may mark it for deletion by putting {{Delete}} at the top of the wiki page and the Wiki Administrator will delete it for you.

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