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Getting started
Introduction to Wikipedia
Basic navigation
How to log in
Why create an account?
Choosing a username

Where to ask questions - a list of departments where volunteers answer questions, any question you can imagine.
Help desk
New contributors' help page
Adopt-a-User - to be adopted by an experienced user
Glossary of Wikipedia terms
Library of tips on how to use Wikipedia - help in bite-sized morsels, arranged by subject.
Wikipedia Policies - important Wikipedia policies.

See also

Learning the ropes

Browsing Wikipedia

Editing Wikipedia

To learn how to keep track of your (or other people's) edits, see Keeping track of changes.
For lists of stub types, categories, infoboxes etc., see Resources and lists.
For image use, see Images and media.
To learn the rules of Wikipedia, see policies and guidelines.

Contributing to Wikipedia - a guide on ways to get involved in editing.
Introduction to the project.
Tutorial - a tutorial on how to edit Wikipedia
Cheatsheet - an editing reference card.
Simplified ruleset - essential information to understand when editing articles (for new editors).
Glossary - understand Wikipedia jargon.

Editing - how to:

Experiment with editing pages in the sandbox. You can also carry out editing experiments "in situ" by editing the page itself and using the Show Preview button. Be careful not to accidentally save the page though! If you do, then Revert your changes.

Edit a page, including markup details.
Help:Editing - annotated cheatsheet
Bite sized tips for the most common tasks.
Create links - (Change the title of a link (piped link))
Use sections in an article
Use categories
Insert a picture
Use redirect pages
Create infoboxes
Create templates - (Quick guide, List of available templates)
Create lists
Use footnotes and references
Use tables
Use mathematical formulae
Use special characters. The display of fonts and other character sets in your browser.
Use easy timeline syntax
Valid HTML codes in wikitext
Use "Magic words" and Variables. These allow you to change default behaviour or automate text. For example, you can disable a Table of Contents or move its position, or insert constants and timestamps.

Saving - how to:

Report your change in the edit summary
Handle an edit conflict
Use minor edits
Use the preview button

Creating pages - how to:

Start a new article
Start a new page - for pages that are not articles
Name a page
Naming conventions in general - (full list of specific naming conventions)
Disambiguation, create pages for topics with several different definitions
Create subpages

Article maintenance - how to:

Merge two or more pages, or move (rename) a page - (Requested moves)
Delete pages/images/categories
Stub articles - (List of Stub Styles)
Use talk pages (discussion pages)
Archive a talk page
Revert a page to an earlier version
Deal with vandalism
Protect and unprotect pages (Administrators only)
Link together Wikipedia articles in different languages
Link words in articles to articles on sister projects
Use page names
Use namespaces
Use headings as anchors to link to
Translate articles
Archive Current Events
Do a purge
Edit with a text editor
Test edits, and other things
Editing shortcuts



List of style guidelines
Layout How to structure Wikipedia articles.
Naming conventions
Disambiguation (pages which resolve ambiguity for articles with similar titles)
Image use
When to use tables
Use proper names
Creating an article series
Using Summary style on the overview page

Manual of Style

The Manual of Style is a comprehensive style guide for Wikipedia articles. See a full list of the submanuals on the right, or a concise list below.

Main Manual of Style
Dates & numbers
Sister projects

Life cycle of an article

Article development - lists the stages in an article's development and offers ways to help improve articles.
Perfect articles - a checklist of components required to make a "perfect" article.
Start a new article
Start a new page - for pages that are not articles
Guide to writing better articles

The Wikipedia interface

Find your way around the screen.

Editing toolbar
Using Page History
Using User Contributions pages
Using Talk pages
Using the Recent Changes page
Using the Related Changes page
Using Diff pages
Edit conflicts

Links and references
How to edit a page: Links and URLs
Editing FAQ: How do I make links?


Help:Self link
Wikipedia:Piped link
Wikipedia:Categorization#Links to categories
Wikipedia:Internal query string links
Wikipedia:Template messages/Links
Wikipedia:ISBN links
m:Dynamic dates


Wikipedia:Manual of Style (links)
Wikipedia:Embedded lists
Wikipedia:Only make links that are relevant to the context v. Wikipedia:Build the web
Standard appendices - Section on links
Wikipedia:Citing sources - autonumeric text in links, footnotes
Wikipedia:External links
Fighting linkspam

InterWiki links

Help:Interwiki linking
Wikipedia:InterWikimedia links
Wikipedia:Interlanguage links
Wikipedia:List of interwiki redirects
Wikipedia:Wikimedia sister projects (including how to link to them)
Wikipedia:Link Surfing
m:Interwiki link problem
m:Interwiki bot
commons:Category:CommonsRoot Interlanguage links between Wikimedia projects.


Basic navigation
Wikipedia's URLs
CamelCase and Wikipedia - History of linking in Wikipedia


Cite the sources: How | Why | What is a reliable source?
Sources for articles
List of Resources for researchers
Public domain resources
Newspapers and magazines request service
Standard letters requesting permission to use copyright works
Checklinks External link checker tools

Related encyclopedia articles

Deep linking
Link popularity
Link farm

Images and media
Upload form (Wikipedia)
Images and multimedia
Overview of images in Wikipedia


Finding images tutorial
Requested pictures
Graphic Lab
Image copyright tags


Image description pages
How to upload files to Wikipedia
Images and other uploaded files
Preparing images for upload
How to insert and use pictures in Wikipedia articles
Use the Extended image syntax to place an image in an article
Graphics tutorials
How to request images or media for deletion
Category:Wikipedia image help
Media copyright questions

Policy and guidelines

Image use policy
Guide to captions
Guide to use of logos
Guide to use of alternative text for images


Featured pictures
Featured picture candidates
Public domain image resources
Wikipedia:Requesting copyright permission
Wikipedia:Example requests for permission
Category:Wikipedia images

Keeping track of changes

Help:Contents/Policies, conventions and guidelines

Communication methods

Asking questions

Searching is the fastest and easiest way to find answers for factual questions.
Reference desk, request an article or information you can't find. See also Requested articles
Help desk for users with questions about Wikipedia or editing.
New contributors' help page, for the new users who don't know what to do or how to do it.
Each article has a Talk page — click on the article's discussion tab — to read or take part in discussions about the article.
General Complaints, for discussing problems with the way Wikipedia is designed and making suggestions for improvement.
Requests for administrator attention, to get help from an administrator
Village pump, the place for technical and policy issue discussions

Getting in touch

Contact us
Discussion pages
User pages
Babel – multi-lingual Wikipedians
Wikipedia mailing lists
Chat with other users on IRC
Village pump
Bug reports and feature requests
Expressing thanks
Meta: the site that organizes all the Wikimedia projects
In person meetings

Keeping informed: News

Community Portal – Bulletin board, collaborations, and updates – Wikipedia's hub of activity
The Signpost – Wikipedia's newspaper
News about Wikipedia
Wikipedia in the media
Wikipedia milestone announcements
Wikizine, newsletter about the Wikimedia projects
Press releases
Regional notice boards

The Wikipedia community
The Community Portal
Wikipedia department directory
Wikipedia quick directory

Community support

Harmonious editing club - keep the peace, peacefully.
Kindness Campaign - spread kindness and recognition of users.
Reach out - where to go to get your spirits lifted.
Adopt-a-User - experienced editors can "adopt" newer editors, helping to mentor them along the way as they learn about Wikipedia.
Stress alerts - alert the community to stressed-out Wikipedians, so others can help with kind intervention.

Voting and consensus

Feedback by editors, to editors.

Featuring an article
Featuring pictures
Featuring lists
Peer review
Administrator nominations

You can also ask the Wikipedia community to consider...

...deleting a page, such as...
...deleting an article (full policy)
...deleting, merging, or renaming a category
...deleting a template (or a stub type)
...deleting images and other media
...moving a page or merging it with another (and how to actually do it)
...protecting a page (full policy)

Resolving disputes

Stay cool!
Be nice to newcomers
Alert others
Dispute resolution
Arbitration policy

Keeping informed: News

Community Portal – Bulletin board collaborations and updates – Wikipedia's hub of activity.
The Signpost – Wikipedia's newspaper
Wikipedia in the media
Wikipedia milestone announcements
Wikizine – news letter about the Wikimedia projects
Press releases
Regional notice boards


Admin coaching
Administrator nominations
List of administrators
Administration FAQ
Administrator's reading list
Fix cut & paste moves
Page protection

Wikipedian culture

Wikipedians: the people who contribute to Wikipedia
List of Wikipedians
WikiProjects: where people interested in specific topics work together
List of WikiProjects
WikiProjects category
Collaborations: Wikipedians focusing on one article for a set amount of time
List of collaborations
Wikipedian humor
Bad jokes and other deleted nonsense
Department of Fun
Unusual articles
Editcountitis: a condition that can be fatal
The edit counter ("Interiot's tool")
Wikipedian games

More about Wikipedia

Overview of Wikipedia (All about Wikipedia)
Category-based access to pages about Wikipedia
Another way to browse help topics
Category:Wikipedia how-to (a full list of help topics)

Resources and lists


Browse categories
How to name categories


Lists (stand-alone lists)
Embedded list


List of stub types
How to name stubs
Guide to stubbing


List of infoboxes
List of templates used in infoboxes


List of templates
List of navigational templates

Wikiprojects & article series

List of WikiProjects
Creating a WikiProject
List of article series

Shortcuts & "magic words"

List of shortcuts
List of "magic words" - Magic words can be used to automate text or change the display of pages.

Other resources

Cleanup resources
List of Resources for researchers
Public domain resources
WikiProject Resource Exchange
Web Browser tools - Tools for your Web browser
Web colors


Mailing lists
List of protected pages
Links to disambiguating pages
List of controversial issues


List of administrators
Requests for administrator attention


Sample letters requesting content be made available to Wikipedia
Sample letters for violations of Wikipedia's licence (GFDL)

New user greetings

Standard user greeting
Welcome templates

Account settings and maintenance

Technical information
About Wikimedia
Tools to make Wikipedia work better.
Catalogue of CSS classes used on the English Wikipedia
Editing articles of such length that you can't edit them
Computer help desk - Help with software related to Wikipedia.
The MediaWiki software
MediaWiki User hub - help with installation and configuration of the MediaWiki software that runs Wikipedia, for those looking to set up their own wiki.
MediaWiki User's Guide - help with general use of the MediaWiki software that runs Wikipedia
Requests and bug reports
Browser notes
Download Wikipedia content - how to download Wikipedia and Wikimedia content
Export page(s) in XML

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