Wikipedia:Tip of the day/September 19
Here are two tricks to reduce the amount of typing needed to create links:
1. The pipe trick: A pipe (|) at the end of the link to a page will hide disambiguations (the part of a page name in parentheses) and namespace prefixes ("Talk:", "Wikipedia:" etc.) from the visible link. For example:
''[[The Lord of the Rings (movie)|]]'' becomes
''[[The Lord of the Rings (movie)|The Lord of the Rings]]'', which is shown as The Lord of the Rings (the part in parentheses is now hidden).
Here's a namespace example:
[[Wikipedia:About|]] is converted to
[[Wikipedia:About|About]], which is shown as About. (The namespace is now hidden).
2. Plural trick: Often, you'll be editing an article and need to make a link to a plural. For example, suppose you wanted to link "Fred Foo was famous for his study of puddles" to puddle. You could link it like so:
[[puddle|puddles]]. However, you can save time instead by writing
[[puddle]]s. This also works for adjectives (
[[Japan]]ese), verbs (
[[dance]]d) and any other suffixes or prefixes. However, it does not work for some irregular verbs. (
[[Try]]ied does not work; you have to use