Template:Help desk searches

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Usage[edit]

{{Help desk searches}} is a navigation template that links to several {{Google custom}} searches that enable Help desk volunteers to answer questions on the Help desk. The template may also be useful to anyone who edits Wikipedia and wants to look up help pages, guidelines, and instructions from various locations.

The template is suitable for adding to at least these locations:

The template takes no parameters. To add it to a page, use the code:

{{Help desk searches}}

Initial visibility: currently defaults to autocollapse

To set this template's initial visibility, the |state= parameter may be used:

  • |state=collapsed: {{Help desk searches|state=collapsed}} to show the template collapsed, i.e., hidden apart from its title bar
  • |state=expanded: {{Help desk searches|state=expanded}} to show the template expanded, i.e., fully visible
  • |state=autocollapse: {{Help desk searches|state=autocollapse}}
    • shows the template collapsed to the title bar if there is a {{navbar}}, a {{sidebar}}, or some other table on the page with the collapsible attribute
    • shows the template in its expanded state if there are no other collapsible items on the page

If the |state= parameter in the template on this page is not set, the template's initial visibility is taken from the |default= parameter in the Collapsible option template. For the template on this page, that currently evaluates to autocollapse.

Do not use in articles[edit]

Templates for searching Wikipedia[edit]

Search links[edit]

A search link stores a query in a link that takes you to live search results for that stored search. They're found on user pages and talk pages. Use one to bring the full feature set of MediaWiki Search, or features of external search engines, to bear on users unfamiliar with their search parameters.

One type of search link is a wikilink with all the capabilities of Search (search box), and with standard wikilink syntax: [[Special:Search/query| label ]]. So this search link will (1) navigate: [[Special:search/Wales]] → Special:search/Wales or (2) search: [[Special:search/~Wales | search/~Wales ]]search/~Wales if you prefix a ~ tilde character.

All other search links are made from a template that will build a URL instead of wikilink. A URL can for example can call off-site search engines to search Wikipedia.

Search boxes[edit]

Search boxes are made by <inputbox> tags. See mw:Extension:InputBox.

Page title searches[edit]

  • {{canned search}} – Link to automated search results for a given term
  • {{in title}} – Search for pages whose name contains given words
  • {{look from}} – Search for pages whose name begins with a given word

For searches with exact matches, exact in upper and lower cases, or in punctuation marks, see Help:Searching § grep.

Other Wikipedia editor help[edit]

See also