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The tip of the day (TOTD) is a helpful tip on how to use or edit Wikipedia. It is displayed by template on prominent help and community pages (and many user pages), presenting a different tip each day. The template displays the tip page named for the current date. The year is left off of the page titles, so that the same collection of tips redisplays automatically year after year.

As you probably guessed, that means there are 366 tip pages that need to be maintained.

Our purpose here is to keep the tips relevant. This means keeping tip pages up-to-date, and replacing tips with new ones when they become obsolete. In addition to this, we are constantly on the lookout for better tips to improve the overall collection, replacing not-as-useful tips with more useful ones.

To watch the TOTD a day before it goes live, place {{Totd-tomorrow}} on your user talk page.

To suggest a new tip or report a problem with a tip, create a new section below, and let us know. (Feel free to make corrections directly to tip pages, and please let us know below when you do). Other ideas and comments are also welcome.

If you'd like to join this department, please add yourself to the participants list below.

For the complete schedule of tips, see WP:TOTD.


If you'd like to be kept up-to-date on what is going on with TOTD, and receive task assignments, please add your name below:

Obsolete tip needs to be replaced[edit]

Wikipedia's search engine is a lot better than it used to be, and Google no longer provides better searches of Wikipedia than WP's own search engine. Another search-related tip would be nice. Any ideas? The Transhumanist 23:27, 10 July 2013 (UTC) Very good — Preceding unsigned comment added by Marcia1111 (talkcontribs) 21:47, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

While The Transhumanist does have a point, searching Google will give you a much broader range of information from other places, specifically if you aren't sure what exactly you're looking for. Perhaps this new TotD could be about using Google if you don't exactly know what you're looking for - Kiwuser (talk) 19:22, 31 October 2014 (UTC)
Search for what you're looking for faster (title, debatable)
Wikipedia's new search engine is fast, efficient, and will get you exactly what you're searching for, but what if you don't know the name of what you're looking for? In that case, search engines such as Google can give you a broader view of things relating to your searches than Wikipedia, and can help you find the Wikipedia article you're looking for, as well as other sources that might be useful. Wikipedia's search engine is limited to the Wiki itself, so it might even miss things on other Wikimedia projects that are exactly what you're looking for, so if Wikipedia isn't finding what you want, try other searches like Google or Bing.
  • What do you guys think of this as a rewrite and probably more relevant version of this tip? - Kiwuser (talk) 21:47, 1 November 2014 (UTC)

What Wikipedia-related resources are there out there on the Web?[edit]

Here's an example:

Third-party WP resources can make good tips. Do you know of any Wikipedia-enhancement tools or websites out there? The Transhumanist 23:27, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

Daily tips kind of obsolite[edit]

I'd like to design a template that spits out one of the tips. Is there a list of them? In my design the template will take a parameter of how often the tip should change which /can/ be daily and it won't suffer from problems such as leap year. -- A Certain White Cat chi? 03:01, 15 August 2013 (UTC)

I'm in the process of revising the tips. If there are any tips that you know are obsolete, please let me know.
Note that {{Totd-random}} presents a random tip, each time the page it is displayed upon is accessed or purged. It's the tip of the moment. It's source text might be worth copying and modifying to make a new template.
For all the various TOTD template formats available, see Wikipedia:Tip of the day/October 1 (How to display the tip-of-the-day on your user page). The Transhumanist 04:27, 19 August 2013 (UTC)

New tip[edit]

How to create redirects (title)

A redirect is a page made to "redirect" a reader to who searches for the redirect's title, for example, when a reader searches for "X" and a redirect that points to the article "Y" is named X, the reader will instead arrive at the page Y, one can click at a small link which says (Redirected from "Title"), note that only the title of the is linked, not the redirected from. A redirect's purpose is to redirect to similar words, nouns to verbs, synonyms, nicknames, common names to scientific names or vice versa, etc. Also, just make sure there isn't already a redirect

How to create

First search a the title or create a redlink to it, click the redlink, and add #REDIRECT [[Target page]] to it on the edit window that appears, And your redirect is finished. Example: I want to create a redirect from foo to oof, I click a redlink like this, foo and type in #REDIRECT [[oof]] and a redirect will be created when I save the page that takes those who type foo to oof, to redirect to a specific section, add #Section name to the end of target page, within the brackets.

Read more: Wikipedia:Redirect

Can someone correct all my mistakes, since I am not good at using nowiki or things like that, please. (I am relatively new)

Lycos tip is no longer applicable[edit]

Along the lines of Obsolete tip needs to be replaced (above) regarding Google search, How to search Wikipedia with Lycos is obsolete to the point of being entirely invalid, and the tip should probably just be dumped.

Lycos no longer appears to have anything that even remotely resembles the "full-featured advance search engine" discussed. (Unsurprising in light of the fact that Lycos now use Yahoo as their backend search provider, and simply repackage the same results that you'd get querying Yahoo Search directly.) The link in the tip just gets redirected to, which offers no access to any type of "Advanced Search" feature. — FeRD_NYC (talk) 16:18, 12 May 2014 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by FeRD NYC (talkcontribs) 16:10, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

June 29 / Wapedia[edit]

@The Transhumanist: The tip for Wikipedia:Tip of the day/June 29 is about Wapedia, a service that is now defunct (it folded under shortly after you made it a yearless tip). Should be moved out of rotation as well. -- dsprc [talk] 09:34, 29 June 2014 (UTC)

Updated August 25 tip[edit]

Greetings, For August 25, on the list of Help articles, I added Teahouse wikilink to improve this tip. Regards, JoeHebda (talk) 14:06, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

Nice. The Transhumanist 23:26, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

Are these the 10 most powerful tips?[edit]

A tip that will be displayed on January 27th presents the following 10 tips as the most powerful tips (for using or editing Wikipedia):

  1. Use your watchlist
  2. Super-customize your account with gadgets (Navigation popups, etc.)
  3. Work faster using keyboard shortcuts
  4. Navigate faster using Wikipedia shortcuts
  5. Edit Wikipedia faster with AutoWikiBrowser
  6. Jump to the search box with Shift+Alt+F
  7. Search Wikipedia from any website
  8. Use your browser's toolbar to navigate Wikipedia
  9. Templates
  10. User scripts

My question for you is, are these the most powerful tips?

If not, what are?

Thank you. The Transhumanist 10:42, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

3 and 6 (keyboard shortcuts) can go to "esoteric" from my very not-neutral POV, pick what you like better and be BOLD. –Be..anyone (talk) 11:09, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
User:Be..anyone, what's the most powerful trick or technique that you use? The Transhumanist 11:15, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
I like mw:Help:Magic words, mw:Help:Parser functions, {{Cite web}} (excl. the bogus YYYY-MM "error"), the new mw:Help:TemplateData, I hope to grok more of d: (wikidata) soon, and I link to SoFixIt often, unless I'm busy fixing something. –Be..anyone (talk) 12:14, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
I would extend "Wikipedia shortcuts" to interwiki prefixes as well. For example, you can type "mw:LUAREF" into the search bar to go to the Lua reference manual on, or just "mw:" to go to its main page. Also, for beginners, turning on VisualEditor is probably going to be the most powerful tip out there. I'm guessing that quite a few people give up when they first set eyes on the raw wikitext of a properly formatted article. And I hear that many editors swear by WP:REFLINKS. — Mr. Stradivarius ♪ talk ♪ 05:03, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
Just the other day, found Wikipedia:Tip of the day/August 25 list of 4 help articles that clarifies where to look for help. Don't know if it would qualify to be one of the most powerful though. Regards, JoeHebda (talk) 14:40, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

Here's an example of the type of things I'm looking for[edit]

Throughout your activities on Wikipedia, no doubt you've picked up a useful trick or two that few other people know about.

Here's an example of such a trick:

You've just grabbed the page's title to place a link on another page, but now you want to add a section title to it to create a section link, but the copy cache is already full. Instead of making two trips back and forth to the page you wish to add the link to, try this...

...use the search box as a quick-and-dirty edit window:

  1. Copy/paste the title into the search box, followed by a "#"
  2. Copy/paste the section title after the "#"
  3. Enclose in double square brackets and copy/paste the whole string to the page you wish to edit.

The search box is also a handy place to store copy text while you copy/paste something else.

Do you use any interesting or useful tricks or little known but cool tools (for navigating, editing, anything to do with using or improving WP)? If so, please tell... The Transhumanist 23:01, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

@The Transhumanist: I would do it this way:
  1. Scroll up to the table of contents, and click on the section you wanted
  2. Copy the article title and section from the browser's URL
  3. Paste the string in the page you wish to edit, and add the double square brackets
Hope this helps! GoingBatty (talk) 00:24, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
@GoingBatty: Cool, I hadn't thought of that. What other cool tricks do you know? The Transhumanist 00:32, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
@The Transhumanist: You can use CTRL+C and CTRL+V to do the copy and paste. I also have a list of tools I use on my talk page. GoingBatty (talk) 01:37, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
@GoingBatty: I amended your post - {{button}} is for marking up clickable buttons, keystrokes are marked up with {{keypress}}. --Redrose64 (talk) 12:40, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
@The Transhumanist: You can also use User:Bility/copySectionLink to generate sections links directly. I've made a prettier version on User:Zhaofeng Li/common.js along with other tools I use. Zhaofeng Li [talk... contribs...] 14:41, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
Speaking of little-known shortcuts, you may have a need to convert a full URL into a wikilink. See User:Js/urldecoder for that. If you have the script installed, you place the cursor at the end of the URL (in your edit window) and click a button. It converts the URL into a proper wikilink, with square brackets and everything. EdJohnston (talk) 18:19, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
You can also use my very own Template:Urltowiki for that if you don't feel like installing a script. — Mr. Stradivarius ♪ talk ♪ 00:07, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

Tips that need to be tested to see if they still work[edit]

(eom) The Transhumanist 15:03, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

There is no strikeout button script! Eman235/talk 23:26, 6 May 2015 (UTC)

Obsolete tips that need to be replaced[edit]

(eom) The Transhumanist 15:03, 24 January 2015 (UTC)


I'm in the process of updating the WP:TOTD department's tip collection, as some of the tips have gone obsolete. So I'm looking for useful techniques and tools, that is, tips, to replace them with.

Any leads on the latest and greatest wiki-related programs, extensions, plug-ins, scripts, commands, or methods, would be most appreciated.

So far, I've added the following new tips:

If you spot any errors in them, please let me know. Or edit them directly. Thank you. The Transhumanist 08:16, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

Some 2007 stuff might be seriously obsolete. You can ask Help desk or Teahouse regulars what new users would want to see, if they add the TotD-template to their page. Some tricks for the Visual Editor (I don't use it and therefore can't judge it) or the Media Viewer, maybe, because that certainly didn't exist eight years ago. New ways to archive talk pages could be interesting. Or something about user boxes, #babel:-extension, and scribunto. How to get Tech News or Signpost, what's a Village Pump, where are the real help pages, the works. –Be..anyone (talk) 10:21, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
Yes, some things to do with VisualEditor might be nice. It is very useful for basic to intermediate editing, and especially for editing tables. However, any tips relating to VE would have to include information about turning it on, and would also need to be updated in the future when VisualEditor becomes available by default for all users. — This, that and the other (talk) 11:43, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

Updated February 15 TOD[edit]

Greetings, Today I added a third paragraph that gives examples of Nowiki tag uses.

The <nowiki> tag is helpful, for example, when asking questions at the Teahouse and explaining issues at the Village Pump as well as on an article's Talk page. In this case 'the markup code' can be displayed without being actionable.

Since today is Feb. 15th, I don't know how to activate, so this TOD will just roll around again for next year :-)

Regards, JoeHebda (talk) 19:46, 15 February 2015 (UTC)

Tip Suggestion[edit]

Advice For New Editors Don't be nervous about editing Wikipedia. Wikipedia was founded so that everyone can edit and contribute. As long as your are making good-faith edits, you'll be fine. Just be yourself!

Tip Suggestion of May[edit]

Do not worry about your own account's own looks. Everybody can edit almost thousands of articles at once, but don't worry about the looks of your profile, this is not Facebook. Give ideas to yourself at people of those around you so that they can know you more better, understand you even further. Give your own compliments to them, and always contribute to the Wiki itself. :) ~Cry (talk) 10:13, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

Redundant tips[edit]

Wikipedia:Tip of the day/March 23 and Wikipedia:Tip of the day/April 24 have similar tips -- and ones that encourage editcountitis at that. They should be merged into one, possibly with the additional advice of using this script. Another tip to fill the gap is needed of course. Eman235/talk 23:24, 6 May 2015 (UTC)

Updated May 12 TOD - List building[edit]

Greetings, for this tip, I added Portal:Contents/Lists to the Read more. The Lists Portal is a good place to look for existing lists as stated this tips opening sentence, search Wikipedia to make sure it doesn't already have a list on the subject. Regards, JoeHebda (talk) 10:57, 12 May 2015 (UTC)

Question for TOTD - December 2[edit]

Greetings, This tip, Dynamic date conversion has a title of Dates in Wikipedia articles and nowhere mentions anything about Dynamic date conversion. Wondering if anything can be done to either clarify the title, or add actual content (and maybe include an example) of Dynamic date conversion? Regards, JoeHebda (talk) 20:25, 12 May 2015 (UTC)

TOTD for User scripts - can 3 be combined?[edit]

The tips for January 20, plus July 20 & October 8 are similar. Wondering if they can be combined? Since I am new to Wikipedia and have not used any of these scripts so asking for help here.

January 20 different from July 20, Oct. 8

User Scripts - January 20

You can install user scripts written in JavaScript to add features to your account, and to automate various tasks.

You could write your own scripts. But many user scripts have already been written by Wikipedians, and are ready for you to make use of. To enable these scripts, simply paste them into your vector.js file. (Only logged-in users can install scripts).

Examples of scripts:

wiktLookup – Double-click a word, and go to its definition on Wiktionary. Watchlist sorter – Sorts your watchlist by namespace, and shows the pages for each namespace in alphabetical order. Also adds spacing for further ease of reading. Some of the most popular scripts have become gadgets, which can be enabled simply by checking an option in your preferences.

These next two, very similar / July 20 - User scripts / October 8 – User scripts

User Scripts - July 20

Many different tasks on Wikipedia can be automated with user scripts. For example, you can create tabs to automate different vandalism warnings or even perform an AfD nomination.

These scripts can also add a Google search link to your toolbox, and display the current time in a place of your choosing.

Many scripts have been written by Wikipedians, and are ready for you to make use of.

To enable these scripts, simply paste them into your monobook.js Afile.

A number of scripts can be activated by checking a box in Preferences, under the Gadgets tab.

User Scripts - October 8

Many different tasks on Wikipedia can be simplified (automated) with user scripts. For example, you can create tabs to automate different vandalism warnings or even perform an AfD nomination.

These scripts can also add a Google search link to your toolbox, and display the current time in a place of your choosing.

Many scripts have been written by Wikipedians, and are ready for you to make use of.

To enable these scripts, simply paste them into your common.js file.

Hoping that an expert editor will be able to solve since this is totally beyond me. Regards, JoeHebda (talk) 14:40, 28 May 2015 (UTC)

Updated June 19 TOD - Alphabetical list of articles[edit]

Greetings, Today I updated this tip to clarify the navigation instructions. JoeHebda (talk) 09:59, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

Asking for help to write a New tip - The Wikipedia Adventure[edit]

Greetings, At Wikipedia_talk:TWA/Portal#What_to_do_next I added a line for WP:TIPS library. After that I noticed there is not tip here for TWA. If one of our tipsters could write this tip to be included on the scheduling queue. I have not done the Adventure, so I'm not qualified to create a WPA tip & am looking for help. Thanks. Regards, JoeHebda (talk) 02:54, 23 June 2015 (UTC)

Quickly checking the minor edit box[edit]

Here's an idea for a tip: when filling in the edit summary, press Tab +Space to check the minor edit box quickly. —George8211 / T 09:06, 22 July 2015 (UTC)