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This page is one of the Public Domain Help Pages, which can be freely copied into fresh wiki installations and/or distributed with MediaWiki software.

If you look at a page in MediaWiki, you'll find three main navigation elements: The sidebar on the left gives you access to important pages in the Wiki like recent changes or file upload. At the top of the page are the links which belong to the page currently displayed: its associated discussion page, the version history, and - most notably - the edit link. In the right top corner you'll find as anonymous user the link to create and account and login (it's the same page), as logged-in user you have a collection of personal links, like the one to your user page or your preferences.

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Sidebar

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Sidebar on the left

The sidebar is displayed on the left edge of the page below the site logo. This sidebar you access to important pages in the Wiki like recent changes or file upload. An example snapshot image of the sidebar is shown to the right.

Navigation

  • A click on the logo or on Main Page brings you back to the start page of the wiki
  • The next links, Community portal, Current events, Help and Donations may be different on each wiki - they can be configured by the site admin according to the needs. Usually you'll find other important entry pages to the wiki there.
  • Recent changes is a special page which allows you to track the last edits made in the wiki (see Tracking changes)
  • Random page takes you on a almost completely random tour through the wiki.

Template:Admin tip

Toolbox

  • What links here takes you to a special page that lists the pages on this wiki which contain a link to the current page. This is helpful when you are looking for pages of related information. The What links here information can also be useful when you are refactoring wiki pages and need to check whether links to this page are still relevant after changes in the current page.
  • The Related changes tool lists all recent changes in the pages linked to from the current page. Recent changes to all relevant template pages are included in the resulting page list. The "Hide minor edits" option that can be set in the user preferences applies, among other things, to Related Changes.
  • Upload file displays a special page that allows logged-in users to upload images and other files to the wiki. Uploaded files can be linked-from or embedded-in wiki pages. Uploading files, viewing files on the server, including them in wiki pages and managing the uploaded files is discussed in the managing files section of this manual.

Template:Admin tip

  • The Special pages tool lists the MediaWiki special pages. In MediaWiki terminology, special page is one that presents information about the Wiki and/or allows access to administration activities for the wiki. For example, a list of users registered with the wiki, statistics about the wiki such as the number of pages and number of page edits, system logs, a list of orphaned pages, and so on. These special pages are commonly generated when the special page is loaded rather than being stored in the wiki database. The function and use of the special pages listed by the Special pages tool can be found in the special pages section of this manual.

Page Tabs

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Page tabs at the top of the page

The page tabs are displayed at the top of the article to the right of the site logo. These tabs you to perform actions that are related to the current artcle. The available actions include: viewing, editing, and discussing the current current article. The specific tabs displayed on your pages depend on whether or not you are logged into the wiki and whether you have admin privileges on the wiki. An example snapshot image of the page tabs is shown to the right.

  • namespace (article, help, special page, template, user page)
  • discussion
  • edit
  • history
  • move
  • watch

User Links

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User links at the top right of the page

The user links are displayed at the top far right of the article. These tabs allow the logged-in user to view and edit their user page and wiki preferences. Additionally, the user links allow the user to quickly access their contributions to the wiki and logout. For anonymous users the user links is replaced by a link to the wiki login page. An example snapshot image of the user links is shown to the right.

  • <username>
    This links to your user page which is where you can put information about yourself, store bits of information you want to remember or whatever else you fancy.
  • my talk
    This links to your discussion page, where people can leave messages for you.
  • preferences
    Allows you to change your personal site preferences.
  • my watchlist
    A list of all pages that you are watching. Pages can be added to this list by clicking 'watch' at the top of the page.
  • my contributions
    A list of all contributions you have made to the wiki.
  • log out
    Click this link to log out of the wiki.
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