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  • Columns that mix alpha and numerical data will sort alphabetically— this can be resolved by using {{nts}}.
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Single apostrophes do not need to be encoded; multiples will be parsed as italic or bold markup

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The URL must start with a supported URI scheme. http:// and https:// are always supported. gopher://, irc://, ircs://, ftp://, news:// and mailto: will create a link and an icon but require an agent registered in the browser.

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Symbol move vote.svg It is not possible to delete user accounts, as all contributions must be assigned to some identifier; either a username or an IP address.

All Wikipedia editors have the right to leave Wikipedia for good (ie, permanently). The usual way to leave the Wikipedia project is simply to stop editing. Your contributions remain in Wikipedia. If you wish to resume editing at a later date, you can simply start again by logging into the same account. Old accounts that have any significant edits are almost never deleted or recycled to new users.

If you decide to make a fresh start and do not wish to be connected to a previous account, you can simply discontinue the old account(s) and create a new one that becomes the only account you use. Discontinuing the old account means it will not be used again; it should note on its user page that it is inactive— for example, with the {{retired}} tag —to prevent the switch being seen as an attempt to sock puppet.

Editors seeking privacy per their right to vanish can have their accounts renamed and their user pages and (in some cases) user talk pages deleted.

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Symbol move vote.svg The MediaWiki software as of 5 October 2011 checks image metadata such as EXIF and automatically rotates the image when it is uploaded. The file page may show the upright image, but thumbnails may be rotated. At the bottom of the file page there is a Metadata section— click on "Show extended details" to see the orientation.

The file may be stored on Wikipedia or Wikimedia Commons. If the text below the image is "This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons", then it is on Commons.

  • If the file is on Commons, then click on "description page there" to directly open the image on Commons.
    • If you are registered and logged in, then use the Request rotation link directly below the image and a bot will correct the orientation automatically.
    • If you are not registered, then edit the page and add {{rotate}} per the documentation.
    • See also: Commons:Rotation
  • If the file is on Wikipedia, then
    • the file will need to be downloaded, fixed using editing software and reuploaded.
    • the file could be moved to Commons (if it is allowed there — e.g. fair use images are not) and rotated by the bot there (see above).
    • If you don't have any of those abilities, then you can add {{Cleanup image|rotate 90 degrees clockwise}}, {{Cleanup image|rotate 90 degrees anticlockwise}}, or {{Cleanup image|rotate 180 degrees}} to the top of the file description page. You can also place a request on the Help Desk.
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  • In the left sidebar of each Wikipedia page is a selection for 'Printable version'. This is a very basic print function, mainly of use for very old browsers. See Help:Printable.
  • If the file menu does not show on a Windows system, pressing Alt should reveal it.
  • On a Mac using Safari, Reader mode is usually a better choice for printing. Older versions of Safari will show the Reader button to the right of the web address; newer versions show an icon Toolbaricon justify-left.png to the left of the web address. Reader mode assembles articles that are split over multiple pages and removes ads, menu bars, and other clutter.
  • For more control over printing, log into your account and enable Preferences → Gadgets → Print options gives you more control when printing content. 'Printable version' will then show as 'Print page'.
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Symbol move vote.svg In Wikipedia, a page can usually be renamed if the existing title is incorrect; this is called moving a page. A page may also be moved to another namespace without changing the base title—for example, a userspace draft may be moved to article space. </onlyinclude> Autoconfirmed rights are required for page moving but you may request a page move at Wikipedia:Requested moves if you are not yet autoconfirmed, there is a technical barrier to the move, or the retitling is expected to be controversial and you seek consensus for the name change.

For details, see Help:How to move a page.

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