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 Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, the Mozilla Suite/SeaMonkey, Konqueror, Safari and Opera.

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.)

You can switch off or switch on personal preferences set at Preferences → Editing:

Source editor

If your toolbar looks like this:


Then you are using the source editor.


If your toolbar looks like this:

VisualEditor toolbar-en.png

Then you are using the rich-text visual editor.

List of functions

Source editor
Icon Function What it shows when editing What it shows on the page
WikiEditor toolbar
Bold text
Bold '''Bold text''' Bold text
Italic text
Italic ''Italic text'' Italic text
Your signature with timestamp
Sign talk comments
(with time stamp)
--~~~~ Username (talk) 13:50, 28 May 2023 (UTC)
Internal link
Internal link [[Link title]] Link title
Embedded file
Insert image [[File:Example.jpg|thumbnail]]
OOjs UI icon puzzle-ltr.svg
Insert template {{Example}}
Cube.svgThis is an example of a template. For help with templates, see Help:Template.
OOjs UI icon reference.svg
Insert Reference <ref>Insert footnote text here</ref> [1]
OOjs UI icon highlight.svg
Activate highlighting in wikitext OOjs UI icon highlight-progressive.svg active
OOjs UI icon next-ltr.svg Advanced Open advanced menu See below.
OOjs UI icon next-ltr.svg Special characters Open special characters menu See below.
OOjs UI icon next-ltr.svg Help Open help menu See below.
OOjs UI icon next-ltr.svg Cite Open cite toolbar menu See Wikipedia:RefToolbar/2.0.
OOjs UI icon edit-ltr.svg OOjs UI icon expand.svg Change "Source editing"
to "Visual editing"
Advanced selections
Icon Function What it shows when editing What it shows on the page
Advanced toolbar
Enhanced toolbar- Heading toolbar Section heading

== Heading text ==
=== Heading text ===
==== Heading text ====
===== Heading text =====

Heading text
Heading text
Heading text
Heading text
Bulleted list Bulleted list * Bulleted list item
  • Bulleted list item
Numbered list Numbered list # Numbered list item
  1. Numbered list item
Ignore wiki formatting Nowiki: Ignore wiki formatting <nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here</nowiki> Insert non-formatted text here
OOjs UI icon newline-ltr.svg Line break <br /> text before
OOjs UI icon bigger-ltr.svg Big text <big>Big text</big> Big text
OOjs UI icon smaller-ltr.svg Small text <small>Small text</small> Small text
OOjs UI icon superscript-ltr.svg Superscript <sup>Superscript text</sup> Superscript text
OOjs UI icon subscript-ltr.svg Subscript <sub>Subscript text</sub> Subscript text
OOjs UI icon imageGallery-ltr.svg Picture gallery


OOjs UI icon table.svg Table

{| class="wikitable" border="1"
! header 1
! header 2
! header 3
| row 1, cell 1
| row 1, cell 2
| row 1, cell 3
| row 2, cell 1
| row 2, cell 2
| row 2, cell 3

header 1 header 2 header 3
row 1, cell 1 row 1, cell 2 row 1, cell 3
row 2, cell 1 row 2, cell 2 row 2, cell 3
OOjs UI icon articleRedirect-ltr.svg Automatically redirect to another page #REDIRECT [[Target page name]] Preview a redirect page
OOjs UI icon articleSearch-ltr.svg 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

  1. ^ Insert footnote text here