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Introduction
Navigating Wikipedia

Namespaces
The different types of pages

Searching and redirects
Tricks to find what you want

Useful pages
Handy pages for editors

Summary
Review of what you've learned


Wikipedia's pages are divided into namespaces. Each namespace (except the main) has a particular prefix which appears with a colon at the start of page names.

Main/content (no prefix)
Wikipedia:
sometimes known as "Project" namespace
Help: Help pages e.g. Help:Contents
Template: Templates, which can be included or substituted on other pages e.g. Template:Citation needed, Template:Infobox album
Category: This is a special namespace which can be used to group other pages e.g. Category:Painting, Category:Wikipedia maintenance
File: Where images and other files are stored and described. e.g. File:Wiki.png
Portal: Pages to highlight Wikipedia content in a particular topic area e.g. Portal:Current events, Portal:Solar System
User:
Book: Collections of articles which can be saved or ordered as a printed book e.g. Book:John Douglas
MediaWiki: Messages which appear in the wiki software. These can only be edited by administrators. e.g. MediaWiki:Wikimedia-copyrightwarning
Special: Pages which are part of the software e.g. Special:RecentChanges, Special:Preferences

All of these namespaces, except for Special, also have a corresponding Talk namespace for discussion. So for example you can discuss the spite house article at Talk:spite house, or talk about Wikipedia:Neutral point of view at Wikipedia talk:Neutral point of view. You can switch between the normal page and the talk page with the tabs at the top left.