# Changes: Help:Editing

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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.

[[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 Edit

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

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

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

### Third Level Edit

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

#### Fourth Level Edit

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 Edit

• 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 Edit

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.

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 Edit

[[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 Edit

{{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 Edit

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

Editing on Wikia is generally as simple as clicking the 'Edit' button on a page. Doing so will take to you an edit page where you can start to make changes to the page - such adding new information and media, or updating the formatting.

Depending on whether you are logged in, you may receive a different editing experience:

Help:VisualEditor
Most anonymous and newer users will see the VisualEditor, a completely new editing experience based around showing you an accurate visual representation of your changes.
Help:Classic editor
Other users will see the classic editor - this includes the older visual editing experience and basic source wikitext editing.

## Quick tips

Once in an editor, you can use the available tools to quickly add and remove information, change the formatting, add new media, update the page's layout and much more! Once you're done making your changes, just click the 'Publish' button to update the page.

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.

## Choosing an editor

Logged in users can choose your default editor from a dropdown list in your user preferences (found here).

Setting Meaning
No preference Shows whichever editor has been set as default for the wikia you are on - VisualEditor, classic rich-text or source. (Note: this preference is being phased out)
Wikia's new VisualEditor Shows the new VisualEditor on all wikias
Wikia's classic rich-text editor Shows the classic rich-text editor where already enabled. If not, the source editor is shown.
Source editor Shows the basic source editor on all wikias

A WikiFeatures switch can be flipped by local administrators to change the default editor for logged in users. Anonymous users will generally always see the VisualEditor by default.

Additionally, the alternative editors can still be found under the 'Edit' button dropdown - for example, you can still access the classic editor from the dropdown even if the VisualEditor is the default.