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Once you have created an account and are logged in, you can change your preferences. This help page is to help you understand what you can do with your preferences. Once you have changed your preferences, they will be the same across all Wikia.

User profileEdit

This is the first tab. First of all, you can give your real name and e-mail address. While both are optional, giving your e-mail will allow Wikia to e-mail your password to you if you forget it. If you also "Enable e-mail from other users", then others can e-mail you from your user page or user talk page by using the "E-mail this user" feature in the sidebar under the search box. You can also change your password in this tab.


Next you can create a signature for yourself. This will appear whenever you type four tildes (~~~~). By default, your signature is Your user name.

Non-raw signatureEdit

Next is a box with "Raw signatures" beside it. Checking this box will allow you to greatly customize your signature, explained below. If you plan on leaving your signature as it is, then you do not have to click this box.

Raw signaturesEdit

If "Raw signature" is checked, then:

  • Nothing is added to the text that you specify. What you specify is what is used between the two dashes and the timestamp.
  • Wiki markup and some HTML markup can be used: the wiki-code is processed, and the HTML is passed on, allowing the browser to interpret it. Please do not make large signatures.

For example, with the box checked, you can make a signature like this: [[User:Your user name|Your custom user name]] <sup>[[User talk:Your user name|talk]]</sup>. This will appear as: Your custom user name talk


This is the second tab. Here, you can select the skin you would like to view Wikitroid in. The skins listed are:

O Classic
O Cologne Blue
O Memalpha (Memory Alpha's skin)
O MonoBook
O MySkin
O Simple
O Slate
O Smoke
O Wookie (Wookieepedia's skin)
O Wow (WoW wiki's skin)

The default skin for Wikitroid will be a Wikia-created skin in the future, either "Slate" or "Smoke". Note that if you want to use the wiki's skin or use your own, then you must check the MonoBook skin. The Monobook skin is Wikitroid's own skin.

You can also have own custom skin. You can make your own skin at User:Your user name/monobook.css. So if your username is 10110, then all the info you would want for your skin would be at User:10110/monobook.css. Note that CSS is required to make your own skin.

You can preview the skins in this tab, or you can see what this page looks like in each skin by clicking the below links.


Limit images on image description pages to:  320x240
Thumbnail size: 120px

This is the third tab. Here, you can select the size of images on image description pages and thumbnail sizes. The largest limit, 10000x10000, will show you full images. If you have a slow connection, it is recommended you use small sizes.

Date and timeEdit

Time zone
Server time 16:29
Local time 12:29
* The number of hours your local time differs from server time (UTC).

This is the forth tab. Here, you can select the way you would like time to be displayed. You can also select whether you would like to use the server's time (usually UTC) or your local time.


Rows:           Columns:  
o Enable section editing via [edit] links
o Enable section editing by right-clicking on section titles (JavaScript)
o Edit pages on double click (JavaScript)
o Edit box has full width
o Show edit toolbar
o Show preview on first edit
o Show preview before edit box
o Add pages I create to my watchlist
o Add pages you edit to your watchlist
o Mark all edits minor by default
o Use external editor by default
o Use external diff by default
o Prompt me when entering a blank edit summary
o Use in-page editor

This is the fifth tab. Here, you can customize your editing tools.

  • Rows, Columns: Here you can set up your preferred dimensions for the textbox used for editing page text.
  • Enable section editing via [edit] links: An edit link will appear to the right of each sub-heading to allow editing of that subsection only.
  • Enable section editing by right-clicking on section titles (JavaScript): In compatible browsers, if this option is checked, a right-click on the section title will bring up the edit box for that section only.
  • Edit pages on double click (JavaScript): In compatible browsers, if this option is checked, a double click anywhere on the page will bring up the edit box for the entire contents of the page.
  • Edit box has full width: If this box is checked, the edit box (when you click "Edit this page") will be the width of the browser window.
  • Show edit toolbar: In compatible browsers, a toolbar with editing buttons can be displayed.
  • Show preview on first edit: When pressing the edit button or otherwise following a link to an edit page, show not only the edit box but also the rendered page, just like after pressing "Show preview": This is especially useful when viewing a template, because even just viewing, not editing, typically requires both.
  • Show preview before edit box: If you select this option, the preview will be displayed above the edit box when you click the "Show preview" button while editing a page.
  • Add pages I create to my watchlist: If this option is selected, any page you create will automatically be added to your watchlist.
  • Add pages you edit to your watchlist: If this option is selected, any pages that you modify will be automatically added to your watchlist.
  • Mark all edits minor by default: This option automatically selects the "This is a minor edit" checkbox when you edit pages.
  • Use external editor by default: Changes editing from online version to external program.
  • Use external diff by default: Changes diffing from online version to external program.
  • Prompt me when entering a blank edit summary: If selected, the editor will display a warning message when no edit summary is added to the edit summary box, after the "Save page" button is pressed.
  • Use in-page editor: This is a new edit window. Using this in-page editor is very different from the default. A new edit toolbar is used along with a category cloud. This editor may be the default in the future, so if you don't like it make sure you uncheck the box.

Recent changesEdit

Titles in recent changes: 
o Hide minor edits in recent changes
o Enhanced recent changes (JavaScript)

This is the sixth tab. Here, you can set the preferences for viewing the recent changes.

  • Number of titles on recent changes: You may select the number of changes which will be shown by default on the recent changes and watchlist page. Once on those pages, links are provided for other options.
  • Hide minor edits in recent changes: You may choose to mark edits as being minor (meaning fixes too trivial for trusting users to check up on). It applies to the recent changes and enhanced recent changes, but not to the watchlist. It also affects related changes, but currently in an odd way: if the last edit of a page linking to the current page was minor, then neither that nor the last major change is shown.
  • Enhanced recent changes: In compatible browsers, enhanced recent changes group recent changes per day by article, display the titles of the changed articles in order from new to old latest change, or in the case of hiding minor edits, latest major change. This feature applies also to related changes, and, in the case that "Expand watchlist to show all applicable changes" has been selected, to the watchlist.


Number of days to show in watchlist: 

o Expand watchlist to show all applicable changes
Number of edits to show in expanded watchlist: 

o Hide my edits from the watchlist
o Hide bot edits from the watchlist
o Add pages I edit to my watchlist
o Add pages I create to my watchlist
o Add pages I move to my watchlist
o Add pages I delete to my watchlist


Hits per page: 
Lines per hit: 
Context per line: 
Search in these namespaces by default:
o (Main) 
o Talk 
o User
o User talk
o {{SITENAME}} talk
o Image
o Image talk
o MediaWiki
o MediaWiki talk
o Template
o Template talk
o Help 
o Help talk
o Category
o Category talk
o Forum
o Forum talk
  • Hits to show per page: You may choose the number of results returned on each page of search results.
  • Lines to show per hit: This is somewhat cryptic; specifying a number n means: "do not show any context if the search term occurs beyond line n in the page"; here a paragraph, as well as the blank line between two paragraphs, each count as one "line"; line breaks in the source, even when not affecting the lay-out of the page (and even when not directly visible in the edit box of the article), affect the line count. Setting the parameter to 5000 or more gives context for every occurrence.
  • Characters of context per line: The number of characters of context per occurrence; however, the context is anyway restricted to the "line" (see above) it occurs in. To get the whole line, put a large number like 5000.
  • Search in these namespaces by default: Shows a list of all namespaces, allowing you to select which ones are searched by default.


Threshold for stub display: 
Underline links
o Format broken links like this (alternative: like this?).
o Justify paragraphs
o Auto-number headings
o Show table of contents (for pages with more than 3 headings)
o <tog-marketing>
o Disable page caching
o Enable "jump to" accessibility links
o Don't show page content below diffs
  • Threshold for stub display: see Stub feature on Meta-Wiki.
  • Show hoverbox over wiki links: This option determines whether a link title is put in the HTML code. The result depends on the browser: putting the mouse pointer over a link often displays this title in a hover box. However, some browsers show the URL anyway, so a link title may be superfluous. If enabled, the link title is the page name in the case of an internal link, the page name with prefix in the case of an interwiki link, and the URL in the case of an external link.
  • Underline links: Normally, link text will be underlined. Optionally, you may request that links not be underlined, although your browser may not respect this setting. Normally links that are not underlined can still be recognized by color. However, one can then not distinguish between two consecutive words being a single link or two links, without pointing at the words with the cursor. For further choices of style of links in general and/or types of links you can use CSS (site-wide for all skins, site-wide per skin, user-specific per skin, or web-wide, user-specific).
  • Format broken links like this. An internal link to a non-existing pages is automatically a link to the edit page. By default the link label of [[b]] and [[a|b]] is "b", just like for links to existing pages. Alternatively the link label is a question mark inserted after "b", like this: A red link?. The appearance of the link is further determined by the style specified for css selectors "" and "" (the example on the preferences page wrongly uses class="internal" for the question mark). Internal links to pages which do not yet exist currently appear on your browser like this one. Normally, this is underlined and in red. With the trailing question mark link one can then not distinguish between a single word being linked or a phrase of more than one word, without pointing at the question mark with the cursor. Also, remember that the question mark does not mean that the information is uncertain.
  • Justify paragraphs: If set, article paragraphs will be formatted to avoid jagged line endings. If unset, the paragraphs will be formatted as-is.
  • Auto-number headings: This adds hierarchical outline-style numbering to headers in articles.
  • Show table of contents (for articles with more than 3 headings)
  • Disable page caching: This turns off page caching. This is useful if you're experiencing problems of seeing outdated versions of pages, but this comes at a cost of longer loading times.
  • Enable "jump to" accessibility links: Provides or hides the two links "Jump to: navigation, search" at the top of each page, to the navigation bar and the search box.
  • Don't show page content below diffs

Wikia Basics - Create an account
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You can locate your preferences menu easily by hovering over your avatar.

Logged in Wikia users are able to set some personal preferences which tailor the way they read, write and edit on Wikia to their particular style. These preferences are applicable across all Wikia wikias, so the same preferences are applied on every wikia you visit. To access your preferences, move your mouse over your avatar at the top right of a page. A drop down menu will appear, and from here select "My preferences"

What are the different tabs for?

This help page will walk you through the current preference options Wikia users have and explaining the effects of changing these options. We will address these in order from tab-to-tab.

Tabs are organized to clump together related preferences so that it is easier to find the relevant field to change. By default, there are five tabs on the Special:Preferences page.

Special preferences

Special:Preferences, showing the first tab.

Please realize that none of the changes you make to your preferences will be stored unless you press the "Save" button. You can also reset your preferences to the default settings you had when you registered for Wikia. This can not be undone, so choose wisely if you wish to reset.

My info

Basic information

  • My username: Simply prints your username. You can not change your username through the preferences screen. If you wish to change your username, please see this page on username changes.
  • My user groups: Lists the user groups you belong to.
  • My gender: Not a required preference. By default, users are unspecified, though of course one can choose male or female.
    • The purpose of this preference is for international languages in which proper nouns need a gender form.
    • To learn how to set your gender for your User Profile, please visit Help:Profiles. Your profile gender is not set by this preference.
  • My password: If you would like to change your password, please click the link in this field, which will lead you to Special:ChangePassword


  • Existing Signature: Renders your signature, including all wikitext.
  • Custom Signature: Where your signature can be changed.
    • Wikitext you use will be converted when the signature is used unless you uncheck the "I want to use wikitext in my signature" box.


  • Language: A dropdown menu where you can choose the language you wish to view the wikia in.
    • Note: This applies to the interface on all wikias, so while the content of a DE wikia still will be in German, if you have "EN - english" as your user language, you will see most of the messages and tools on the wikia in the English language.
  • Date: Allows for users to change how they wish to see timestamps.
  • Time zone: Allows for users to override the server time (which is in UTC) with the time zone of their own choice. Users can either select their geographical region to determine time zone from a dropdown list or can enter the offset manually using the next input box.
    • This will not affect the timestamp in user signatures.
  • Layout: Allows for users to see Wikia with the default Wikia skin or the Monobook skin.
  • Landing Page: Users can either choose between going to the Main Page of a wikia or to WikiActivity when going directly to the wikia's URL from the address bar.
  • Ads: Registered users on Wikia can hide most of the ads that our anonymous users see. Consider it a perk of membership. Some admins, though, like seeing all the ads on a wikia so they can understand the user experience for their anonymous readers.


The email tab allows users to change their email address on record with Wikia and then control the type and volume of emails they receive from Wikia.


  • My email address: The field in which you see what current address you have on file. If you type in a new email address and save the page, you will be prompted to confirm your new email address.
  • Email Confirmation: If you need to confirm your email address, you will see text informing you that your email is not confirmed and then offer a link to resend your confirmation email if it has been misplaced. If you are already email confirmed, you will be told you are confirmed and given a timestamp of when it was done.
    • Note: As of March 2012, users must be email confirmed when registering.

Followed pages

To learn what followed pages are, please consult this help page on followed pages.

These preferences will determine when if your account will automatically watch the page when you make one of four major changes to a page:

  • When you edit a page
  • When you create a page
  • When you move a page
  • When you delete a page

Email me when...

Now that you have managed your subscriptions to a page through the followed page feature, you can also choose how much communication you receive about those pages. These are fairly self explanatory. Some quick notes:

  • "Minorly changed" - means a user making a change to the page has checked the "minor edit" box.
  • For wikias with Message Walls or Forums enabled, you will see another section entitled "Message Wall and Forum" and a dropdown field to choose how you should be mailed.
    • Wikias with the old user talk page system rely upon the previous box of "my user talk page is changed" for those followed pages emails.

Advanced options

  • Send me HTML options: If you have an email client that has the capability to render HTML messages, it may be wise to check this box. HTML-rich messages from Wikia contain hyperlinks that make it much easier to go to a page you are being emailed about.
  • Mark all pages from my Weekly Digest as visited - If you do not visit pages outlined in a Weekly Digest, you may be presented with the same list on your next Weekly Digest.

Disable all emails

Email communication is a critical tool that allows you to stay attuned on what is going on your favorite wikias as well as on Wikia as a whole.

We presented you on this Email tab with plenty of options to suit the types and volume of emails you receive from Wikia. If you have concerns about email, we would suggest you review your general email preferences first.

That said, Wikia does respect your right to not be emailed from our network if you do not wish to be contacted by us. As such, if you check this box, you will not receive any emails from Wikia until the checkbox is unchecked.


Editing experience

  • Preferred editor - see Help:Editing
  • Widen the Source mode edit box to fill the entire screen - collapses the modules normally displayed to the right of the editor such as the button to add a photo or gallery and also moves the edit summary to the top of the editing bar.
  • Mark all edits as "minor" by default
  • Prompt me if I leave a blank edit summary
  • Do not show syntax highlighting in Source mode
  • Do not show link suggest in Source Mode - If you start typing an internal link ([[) followed by a few characters, a pop-up will appear that will let you autocomplete the page name you are trying to link to. Checking this box will disable that feature.

Starting an edit

  • Show section edit links - Enables/disabled a clickable "edit" button for appearing next to any H2 or H3 headline.
  • Edit sections by right clicking on section titles - Again applies to H2 or H3 headlines.
  • Edit pages on double click - A JavaScript shortcut that allows you to simply double click on the body of a page to open the editing window.
  • Disable Category module - Only applies if visual mode editing is disabled.
  • Use a blank page as default for creating a new page
  • Disable "Create a new article" flow - Not recommended.

Under the hood

This tab combines a number of highly technical, specialized preferences. If you are new to wikias and editing, you may want to leave this tab alone until you understand how most of these tools perform normally.

Recent Changes, Histories, and Logs

  • Days to show in recent changes: - Default: 7 days
  • Number of Edits to Show by Default: - Default: 50 edits
  • Use advanced recent changes - Must have JavaScript enabled.
  • Hide minor edits in recent changes - suppresses all edits on the feed marked with "m".

Followed pages feed

This will control followed pages behaviour.

Advanced display options

  • Hide page content below diffs - By default, when viewing a history diff, the newer of the two versions will have its full page text and rendering displayed as well.
  • Hide diff after performing a rollback - Removes an auto-redirect for users with the rollback right.
  • Enable personal JavaScript - In order to use personal Javascript, this option must is enabled.
  • Enable Go-Search - If your search term matches an existing page, it'll take you straight there.
  • Search all namespaces by default
  • Show hidden categories
  • Hide my followed pages list from everybody - Makes your Special:Following list private.

Facebook connect

Facebook Connect Preferences

The Facebook Connect preferences tab when Facebook Connect is enabled on your account

The Facebook Connect extension has its own tab on your preferences. It is a tool that can help log in you to Wikia with the click of a button as well as more easily share information about your wikia to your Facebook friends and feed. Please click here to learn more about this tool.

If you have not yet connected your Wikia account to Facebook, one of the ways you can do so is going to this tab in Preferences and follow the link to start the connection process.

This is also the tab where you can choose to disconnect your account from Facebook Connect.

Non-default tabs & sections

In addition to the default tabs & sections listed above, some extensions add extra preferences to your Preferences page. Please view the help pages linked to learn about these special preferences.

  • Gadgets - The Gadgets extension will add a completely new tab to your Special:Preferences page.
  • Patrolled editing - Adds a few options to your "Under the Hood" tab.

See also

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