Help:Edit toolbar

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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, Konqueror, Safari, Opera and Google Chrome.

Advanced toolbar of vector skin.png

To turn a piece of text into an internal link, select it and press the third button.

In Mozilla browsers, IE, and Chrome 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.)

List of functions

Icon Function What it shows when editing What it shows on the page
Bold text Bold '''abc''' abc
Italic text Italic ''abc'' abc
Internal link Internal link [[abc]] abc
External link External link [http://www.example.com] [1]
Embedded file Insert image [[File:Example.jpg]] Example.jpg
Ignore wiki formatting Ignore wiki formatting <nowiki>abc '''[[Bold text]]'''</nowiki> abc '''[[Bold text]]'''
Your signature with timestamp Sign talk comments (with time stamp) ~~~~ Username (talk) 02:34, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
Vector toolbar redirect button.png Automatically redirect to another page #REDIRECT [[abc]] Preview a redirect page
Vector toolbar insert new line button.png Standard line break text before<br />abc text before
abc
Vector toolbar superscript button.png Superscript (math: index notation) <sup>abc</sup> other textabc
Vector toolbar subscript button.png Subscript (chemical formulas) <sub>abc</sub> other textabc
Vector toolbar small text button.png Smaller text <small>abc</small> other textabc
Vector toolbar insert image button.png Picture gallery

<gallery>
File:Abc.jpg
File:Example.jpg
</gallery>

Vector toolbar insert table button.png Insert table {| class="wikitable"

! Name !! Description
|-
| [[Widget]] || ''Great'' thing
|-
| [[Gadget]] || Even '''better'''
|}

Name Description
Widget Great thing
Gadget Even better
Vector toolbar insert reference button.png Insert a reference (citation footnote) 99% of all widgets are cool.<ref>This is the footnote text.</ref> More text. 99% of all widgets are cool.[1] More text.
(At footer of page:)
  1. ^ This is the footnote text.
Icon Function Description
Vector toolbar search-replace button.png Search and Replace
  • Search for strings of text and optionally replace them, progressing one at a time or replacing all occurrences at once.
  • If the regular expressions check box is selected, then the targeted search term is interpreted as a symbolic "expression", called a "regular expression", which will act as a pattern to select targets for replacement. Any amount of text can be matched by a regular expression. Languages that use this type of regular expression include Perl, Java, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, .NET, and XML.
  • A list of the regular expressions accepted by this search and replace box has been compiled for reference by the Mozilla Contributors.

See also