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This page gives information on how to edit with the Source Code editor. This page doesn't cover information on the visual editor.

Wikis allow anybody to edit. However, some people may be new to wikis and thus may not know how to edit. This page is for those people. To edit, you don't need to know HTML to edit an article, all you need to know is English and simple wiki code. You don't even have to register to edit!

Getting startedEdit


The edit button.

To edit a page, simply click the edit button, which is usually found at the top of the page. Clicking on this button will open the edit box. Once here, simply type in what you want! It's that easy!


The bottom part of the edit window.

When you're done typing, click on the save page button at the bottom of the page. However, before doing so, you may want to click on the show preview button to proofread what you typed. You can also include a summary of what you typed to help other editors get an idea of what you did to the article.

Simple editingEdit

Above the edit box are several buttons:Help3

  • Boldhelp Bold button. This button will make text bold. Another way to do this is to put three apostrophes (''') on each side of the text you want bold.
  • Italichelp Italic button. This button will make text italic. Another way to do this is to put two apostrophes ('') on each side of the text you want to be italic.
  • Internallinkhelp Internal link button. This button will link a word to an article of the same name on this wiki. Another way to do this is to put two square brackets ([['''article name goes here''']]) around the word you want to make a link.
  • Externallinkhelp External link button. This button will make a link to an external web page. Another way to do this is to put single square brackets ([website address goes here]) around the address.
  • Headerhelp Level 2 headline button. This button will start a level 2 headline, useful for separating the sections of a page. Another way to create a Level 2 headline is to put two equal signs (==Headline goes here==) around the headline title. It is recommended that only the first word in these headlines be capitalized.
  • Imagehelp Embedded image button. This button will add an image to your article. Another way to do this is to put two square brackets ([['''Image:Example.jpg''']]) around your image title.
  • Mediahelp Media file fink button. This button will create a link to a file not related to an image, such as a sound file.
  • Formulahelp Mathematical formula button. This button will allow you to add a mathematical formula to the text.
  • Nowikihelp Ignore wiki formatting button. This button stops the highlighted text from following the wiki code format. This is useful to demonstrate wiki code, such as showing three apostrophes create bold text.
  • Sighelp Signature button. This button will add your signature to a page. Another way to insert your signature is to type four tildes in a row (~~~~). This is useful for signing your posts on talk pages and on the forum.
  • Breakhelp Horizontal line button. This button will add a horizontal dividing line on the page. Another way to do this is to type four dashes in a row (----). It is recommended that this is rarely, if not at all, used.
  • Uploadtimagehelp Upload image. This button will allow you to upload an image. You can also do this by clicking Upload file in the toolbar on the left side.

Adding ImagesEdit

To add images, you must first upload it. Once you've done this, you can edit a page and add [[File:NAMEOFIMAGE.FILETYPE]] to the page.

Advanced editingEdit

  • Adding a pipe ( | ) allows you to control how an internal link appears. For example, doing [[Samus|Samus is cool]] will appear as this: Samus is cool. You can also use a pipe to hide anything before a colon or in parenthesis. This can be useful when linking to pages with disambiguation tags. To link to a page section, add a number sign and then the heading. For example, doing [[Samus Aran#Biography]] will link directly to the story section for Samus Aran: Samus Aran#Biography. You can also use a pipe as shown above to clean up the link and make it appear simply as Samus' biography.
  • With external links, instead of using a pipe, use a space to control the look of external links. For instance, [ Wikitroid] will appear on the page as this: Wikitroid.
  • Adding more equal signs to headlines will make them smaller. Also, when a page has four or more headlines, it will automatically generate a Table of Contents at the top of the page.
  • Use pipes to modify an image. Modifiers include thumb, frame, size in pixels (e.g. 200px), left, right, and center. You can also add a caption to describe the image by placing words after a pipe. For example, [[Image:Example.jpg|200px|right|frame|This is an example]] will produce an image scaled to 200 pixels, on the right side of the page, framed with "This is an example" as a caption.


Categories help organize pages. To add a category, simply type something like this at the bottom of the article:
If you want to add more than one category, simply list them all, like this:

Redirecting pagesEdit


Redirecting a page.

Redirecting pages is useful for sending misspelled pages to the correctly spelled pages. To do this, simply create a page and then type #Redirect [[page name]]. For example, typing #REDIRECT [[Samus Aran]] on Samus will make that page automatically link to Samus Aran.

When to use redirectsEdit

Redirects can be used for a number of things:

  • Common misspellings
  • Different forms of capitalisation
  • Common shortenings or abbreviations
  • Alternative names

When not to use redirectsEdit

However, redirects should not be used to redirect one namespace to another; instead, these pages should be moved. For an unclear term with more than one possible meaning, a disambiguation page may be an alternative to a redirect. Don't forget to redirect any mis-spellings of this term to the disambiguation page.

Moving pagesEdit


The move button.

Moving a page will rename it. To do this, click the move button at the top of the page. You must be logged in to move a page. A redirect page will be created automatically, so moving a page does not break links. The page's history and talk will be moved along with it.

Reverting pagesEdit


The history button.

If you see a page messed up, you can simply revert it to a correct previous version. To do this, you:

  • Click on the history tab;
  • Click on the date of the version you want;
  • Click on the edit tab;
  • Save the page. Don't forget to say that you're reverting the page in the summary box!


If you want to try something out just to see how it looks, you can use the sandbox. The sandbox is just for experimenting, so any changes made to it are temporary.

External linksEdit

This page introduces the basics for getting started with editing on Wikia and a walkthrough of the Wikia editor. You may wish to visit the linked pages to learn more in-depth details of editing.

Note: the information below is for the classic Wikia editor. For information on using the new VisualEditor, see Help:VisualEditor.

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Watch a quick tour of the Wikia editor

Step by step

Anyone can edit a wikia, and generally you don't even need to have an account to edit! (There are some circumstances which can restrict editing.)

  • To edit a page, simply click the Edit button which is located by the title of the page.
  • The editor will then load, allowing you to make changes to the page - adding or removing text, photos, videos and much more.
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The classic Wikia editor

Editor features

  • Visual Mode: This mode is generally the default and allows you to make edits that will appear similar to how they will on the published page.
  • Source Mode: This mode allows you to edit the page using wikitext.
    • You can disable the Visual Mode entirely by visiting the "Editing" tab in your preferences, opening the "Preferred editor" menu, then selecting "Source editor".
    • This mode may be preferred for editors who need to edit complex templates frequently.
  • Edit Area: This is the main content area where you can add text, media and adjust the format of the page.
  • Toolbar: The toolbar allows you to format text, making it different sizes and styles. You can expand and condense the toolbar to view more or less tools.
  • Feature Modules: The right pane also includes modules that allow you to add features and media such as photos, slideshow, videos and tables. You can access templates to use on the page and add categories. The preview and publish buttons are found at the top of this area.

Basic editing tips

  • Once the editor is opened, you can use the toolbar, features modules and free form edit area to add or adjust to the page content.
  • To see how your page will appear once it's published, click on the preview button. This will pop up a window that shows the page as it is currently designed. You can also choose to view how the page will look at the minimum and maximum sizes that other users might see.
  • If you like your preview, hit publish and your edits will be pushed live.
  • If you don't like your preview, you can keep editing until it appears as you would like it to.
  • To let others know what you added, fill in a summary above the publish button.

Finally, don't be afraid if you 'break' anything. All edits to a page are stored in the page history, and if something does go wrong you can simply revert to an older version.


Due to some issues with Internet Explorer 11, the editor's visual mode is not currently available when using this browser. It may be re-enabled at a future date.

See here for an explanation of Wikia's editor user preferences.

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