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In compatible browsers, an edit toolbar can be automatically displayed with the edit box, provided that this has been set in the preferences. It appears automatically for editors who are not logged in. This functions partly as a typing aid and partly as a reminder of the available functions. All the functions are available simply by typing the code directly into the edit box (such as [[link]]) – this may be easier.

The toolbar works with Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, the Mozilla Suite/SeaMonkey, Konqueror, Safari and Opera.

In Mozilla browsers, IE, and Chrome you can format existing text by highlighting the text you want to format and clicking the relevant button on the toolbar. If you click a button without selecting any text, sample text will be inserted at the cursor's position (like so: Bold text). In other browsers, clicking on the button presents an explanation for that feature. (Pre-release 9.0 versions of Opera browser also seem to support the advanced functionality.)

The Edit Toolbar has a different appearance depending on personal preferences set at Preferences → Editing:

Contents

Source editor

Enable the editing toolbar Enable wizards for links, formatting, tables, citations, and the search and replace function Toolbar
Off Off
On
RefToolbar 1.0.png
Standard toolbar
On Off RefToolbar 2.0a.png
Enhanced editing toolbar
On RefToolbar 2.0b.png
Enhanced editing toolbar with wizards

VisualEditor

If your toolbar looks like this:

0.8x

Then you are using the rich-text visual editor.

List of functions

Enhanced toolbar: main selections
Icon Function What it shows when editing What it shows on the page
 
  Bold '''Bold text''' Bold text
  Italic ''Italic text'' Italic text
  External link [http://www.example.com link title] link title
  Internal link [[Link title]] Link title
  Insert image [[File:Example.jpg|thumbnail]]
  Insert Footnotes <ref>Insert footnote text here</ref> [1]
  activate highlighting in wikitext   active
  Sign talk comments
(with time stamp)
--~~~~ Username (talk) 00:42, 26 May 2019 (UTC)
  Insert citation See below.
  Advanced See below.
  Special characters See below.
  Help See below.
    change Wikieditor to VisualEditor
Enhanced toolbar with wizards: main selections
Icon Function What it shows when editing What it shows on the page
 
  Bold '''Bold text''' Bold text
  Italic ''Italic text'' Italic text
  Sign talk comments
(with time stamp)
--~~~~ Username (talk) 00:42, 26 May 2019 (UTC)
  Internal link [[Link title]] Link title
  Insert image
  Insert Footnotes
  Advanced See below.
  Special characters See below.
  Help See below.
  Cite toolbar See Wikipedia:RefToolbar/2.0.
Enhanced toolbar with wizards: Advanced selections
Icon Function What it shows when editing
 
  Search and Replace
  • Search for strings of text and optionally replace them, progressing one at a time or replacing all occurrences at once.
  • If the regular expressions check box is selected, then the targeted search term is interpreted as a symbolic "expression", called a "regular expression", which will act as a pattern to select targets for replacement. Any amount of text can be matched by a regular expression. Languages that use this type of regular expression include Perl, Java, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, .NET, and XML.
  • A list of the regular expressions accepted by this search and replace box has been compiled for reference by the Mozilla Contributors.
Advanced selections
Icon Function What it shows when editing What it shows on the page
 
  Section heading

== Heading text ==
=== Heading text ===
==== Heading text ====
===== Heading text =====

Heading text
Heading text
Heading text
Heading text
  Bulleted list * Bulleted list item
  • Bulleted list item
  Numbered list # Numbered list item
  1. Numbered list item
  Nowiki: Ignore wiki formatting <nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here</nowiki> Insert non-formatted text here
  Line break <br /> text before
abc
  Big text <big>Big text</big> Big text
  Small text <small>Small text</small> Small text
  Superscript <sup>Superscript text</sup> Superscript text
  Subscript <sub>Subscript text</sub> Subscript text
  Picture gallery

<gallery>
Example.jpg|Caption1
Example.jpg|Caption2
</gallery>

  Table

{| class="wikitable" border="1"
|-
! header 1
! header 2
! header 3
|-
| row 1, cell 1
| row 1, cell 2
| row 1, cell 3
|-
| row 2, cell 1
| row 2, cell 2
| row 2, cell 3
|}

header 1 header 2 header 3
row 1, cell 1 row 1, cell 2 row 1, cell 3
row 2, cell 1 row 2, cell 2 row 2, cell 3
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See also

  1. ^ Insert footnote text here