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This article explains how to format articles on GTA Wiki. When you edit a page, you can use WikiMarkup or HTML to format.

To understand how to edit articles and for more information on editing, please read Help:How To


[[Policy]]
  • Policy (A link to the page called Policy)
[[Policy|GTA Wiki Policy]]
  • GTA Wiki Policy (A link to the page called Policy with the text "GTA Wiki Policy")
[[User:Xenon]]
  • User:Xenon (A link to the page of the user called Xenon)
[http://www.bbc.co.uk BBC Website]
  • BBC Website (A link to the website bbc.co.uk with the text "BBC Website")

Text Formatting

''text''
  • text - Italics (two apostrophes on each side}
'''text'''
  • text - Bold (three apostrophes on each side}
<u>text</u>
  • text (underline)
~~~
~~~~
  • Xenontalk 17:08, 28 July 2006 (BST) (your name and the date)
<tt>text</tt>
  • text (typewriter font for code)
X<sup>2</sup>, H<sub>2</sub>O
  • X2, H2O (superscript and subscript)
<nowiki>'''text'''</nowiki>
  • Does not format the text into text
Unformatted Text

Putting a blank space at the start of a line stops its contents being formatted.

  • Mathematical Formulae:
<math>\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{x^n}{n!}</math>

\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{x^n}{n!}


Headings

Headings are big dividers on pages, and they show up in the table of contents at the top if the page is large enough.

== heading ==
  • A <h2> heading, like "Headings" (above)
=== heading ===
  • A <h3> heading, like "Third Level" (below)

Third Level

==== heading ====
  • A <h4> heading, like "Fourth Level" (below)

Fourth Level

Please do not use =Heading=, because that creates a first-level heading that should only be used on page titles, which are implemented automatically.


Lists

  • One asterisk (*) makes the first item in a bulleted list, like this one
  • Two asterisks (**) make the next line in
      • Three
        • Four
      • Three
  • one
    • two
      • Three


  1. One hash (#) makes the first item in a numbered list
    1. Two hashes (##) make the next item
    2. And so on
      1. And so on
  2. The same as the bulleted list


Page Formatting

This is plain text.

A single colon (:) indents this text once
You can repeat this for a new line too
Two colons (::) indents twice
Three (:::) indents three times.
et cetera
#REDIRECT [[User:Xenon]]
  • This will redirect the current page to the page you mention. This should be used for other words that mean the same thing. For example, the page Sysop redirects to Administrators, because they are just two different words for the same thing.

Putting __NOEDITSECTION__ anywhere in an article prevents the little "Edit" buttons showing up at every heading. See Help:Magic Words.


Table of Contents

To place a table of contents over to the right hand side of the page, simply put {{toc}} where you want it to show. You can also use __NOTOC__ anywhere in an article to stop a table of contents showing up, and __FORCETOC__ to make one show up. See Help:Magic Words.


Categories

[[Category:Help]]

This will add the page to the list of Working Documents, and automatically place a link at the bottom of the page. This page IS in the Working Documents category, and so at the bottom of this page you can see the link to it.

If you just want to link to a category page, put a colon (:) at the start of the link such as [[:Category:Help]]


Templates

{{Help}}

This will show the code for whatever is in page Template:Help - this is the big help banner at the top of the page.


Tables

This is
a table
{| class="wikitable"
! This
! is
|- 
| a
| table
|-
|}

This page introduces the basics for getting started with editing on Wikia and a walkthrough of the Wikia editor. You may wish to visit the linked pages to learn more in-depth details of editing.

Note: the information below is for the classic Wikia editor. For information on using the new VisualEditor, see Help:VisualEditor.

Editor tour03:27

Editor tour.mov

Watch a quick tour of the Wikia editor

Step by step

Anyone can edit a wikia, and generally you don't even need to have an account to edit! (There are some circumstances which can restrict editing.)

  • To edit a page, simply click the Edit button which is located by the title of the page.
  • The editor will then load, allowing you to make changes to the page - adding or removing text, photos, videos and much more.
Wikia editor2

The classic Wikia editor

Editor features

  • Visual Mode: This mode is generally the default and allows you to make edits that will appear similar to how they will on the published page.
  • Source Mode: This mode allows you to edit the page using wikitext.
    • You can disable the Visual Mode entirely by visiting the "Editing" tab in your preferences, opening the "Preferred editor" menu, then selecting "Source editor".
    • This mode may be preferred for editors who need to edit complex templates frequently.
  • Edit Area: This is the main content area where you can add text, media and adjust the format of the page.
  • Toolbar: The toolbar allows you to format text, making it different sizes and styles. You can expand and condense the toolbar to view more or less tools.
  • Feature Modules: The right pane also includes modules that allow you to add features and media such as photos, slideshow, videos and tables. You can access templates to use on the page and add categories. The preview and publish buttons are found at the top of this area.

Basic editing tips

  • Once the editor is opened, you can use the toolbar, features modules and free form edit area to add or adjust to the page content.
  • To see how your page will appear once it's published, click on the preview button. This will pop up a window that shows the page as it is currently designed. You can also choose to view how the page will look at the minimum and maximum sizes that other users might see.
  • If you like your preview, hit publish and your edits will be pushed live.
  • If you don't like your preview, you can keep editing until it appears as you would like it to.
  • To let others know what you added, fill in a summary above the publish button.

Finally, don't be afraid if you 'break' anything. All edits to a page are stored in the page history, and if something does go wrong you can simply revert to an older version.

Notes

Due to some issues with Internet Explorer 11, the editor's visual mode is not currently available when using this browser. It may be re-enabled at a future date.

See here for an explanation of Wikia's editor user preferences.

Next steps

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