Template:PrevBtn

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The "Show preview" button

Hi!

Are you aware that you can see a preview of the work you're doing (to check everything looks good, and check spellings and punctuation etc.) before submitting the work as a finished draft?
Just to the right of the Save page button, you'll see the Show preview button. By using this to check our work before saving the page, we can save a lot of space on the Wikimedia database servers, and other editors a lot of bother trying to keep track of the page history. Please try to get into the habit of using it.
  • Also, it's good practice to always leave a short comment about what work we did in the edit summary (the text entry field just above the Save page and Show preview buttons.)
This helps other editors tell at a glance what you have done. Sometimes, without an edit summary, your work may be considered thoughtless, and be undone.
  • If you're going to be doing a lot of editing here (all efforts are greatly appreciated), you might like to "USE A SANDBOX" for IP users "CREATE A SANDBOX" for registered users" automatic.
A sandbox is perfect to use as a testing site for work that might require a lot of little changes over a period of hours or days. And you needn't worry about making any mistakes there, so it's perfect for practising more complicated editing.

Whatever you choose, happy editing! Face-smile.svg ~~~~

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  • Offers users the advice to use the preview button when editing.
  • Uses the first parameter as the page name you're referring to when saying "I noticed your work...took a lot of edits". The page name will be turned into a Wikilink.
  • A second parameter can describe the work, in the lead.
    • Example: excellent as the second param turns "I noticed your work on..." into "I noticed your excellent work on..."
  • If any value is given as a third param, advice to leave an edit summary is given.
  • If any value is given as a fourth param, advice about the use of a sandbox is given, including a preloaded link to create their own.
  • Auto-signs using your own signature, and creates its own section heading.
    • The auto-signing will not work if you do not substitute the template.
    • If the auto section heading is wanted, add any value as a fifth param.

Examples[edit]

{{subst:PrevBtn|Example||||1}} - Provides advice to use the preview button, auto section heading, and signature.

{{subst:PrevBtn|Example|awesome|||1}} - Adds encouraging description to the lead, auto section heading, and signature.

{{subst:PrevBtn|Example||1}} - No extra description, but advice to leave an edit summary too, no auto section heading, and signature.

{{subst:PrevBtn|Example||1|1|1}} - No extra description, advice to leave an edit summary, and to use a sandbox too, auto section heading, and signature.

{{subst:PrevBtn|Example|fantastic||1|1}} - Adds encouraging description, no advice to leave an edit summary, advice to create a sandbox, auto section heading, and signature.

{{subst:PrevBtn|Example}} - No extra description, no advice to leave an edit summary, no advice to create a sandbox, no auto section heading, and signature.