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In compatible browsers, an edit toolbar can be automatically displayed with the edit box, provided that this has been set in the Preferences . It appears automatically for editors who are not logged in. This functions partly as a typing aid and partly as a reminder of the available functions. All the functions are available simply by typing the code directly into the edit box (such as [[link]]) - this may be easier.

The toolbar works with Internet Explorer, the Mozilla Suite/SeaMonkey, Firefox, Chrome, Konqueror, Safari and Opera.

For example:
Example of edit toolbar
To turn a piece of text into an internal link, select it and press the third button.

In Mozilla browsers and IE, you can format existing text by highlighting the text you want to format and clicking the relevant button on the toolbar. If you click a button without selecting any text, sample text will be inserted at the cursor's position (like so: Bold text). In other browsers, clicking on the button presents an explanation for that feature. (Pre-release 9.0 versions of Opera browser also seem to support the advanced functionality.)

All of the toolbar options, and further editing options, are available in Bananeweizen's Firefox extension.

List of functionsEdit

(apart from the last two examples, these pieces of wikitext are created by typing abc, selecting it and clicking the buttons on the toolbar)


Icon Function What it shows when editing What it shows on the page
  Bold or strong emphasis '''abc''' abc
  Italic or emphasis ''abc'' abc
  Internal link [[meta:Sandbox|abc]] abc
  External link []
  Section heading == abc ==
Color What you want in color <span style="color:red"></span> Red
  Insert image [[Image:abc.png]]  
  Insert media [[Media:abc.ogg]] Media:abc.ogg
  Mathematical formula <math>abc</math>  
  Ignore wiki formatting <nowiki>abc '''[[Bold text]]'''</nowiki> abc '''[[Bold text]]'''
  Sign talk comments (with time stamp) ~~~~ Gareth Aus 22:49, 11 February 2006 (UTC)
  Horizontal line* ----

WikiEditor alternative toolbarEdit

The WikiEditor extension implements the alternative toolbar shown below. It was developed as part of the Wikipedia Usability Initiative in 2009, made available in MediaWiki version 1.19.x, and became the default on Wikimedia sites in 2010. The wiki administrator must enable it in the LocalSetting.php file; users can enable and disable it in the Editing tab of Special:Preferences.


See alsoEdit

Links to other help pagesEdit

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