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Introduction to Wikipedia

Welcome to Wikipedia! Almost every page can be edited by anyone, and hundreds of changes are made every hour to add content, correct mistakes, and improve readability. Changes are immediately viewable to all readers and no matter how trivial an edit may seem, you can be proud to have helped make Wikipedia better.

This page takes you through a set of tutorials aimed at complete newcomers interested in contributing. It covers all the basics needed to navigate, comment on, and contribute to Wikipedia articles. There are two methods of editing: the VisualEditor, and Wiki markup. Each tutorial takes only about 10 minutes, so you could become a proficient 'Wikipedian' in under an hour!
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Introduction

Policies and Guidelines


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Wiki Markup is the primary editor. It shows the underlying page content, and works like a plain text file. Links and other items are edited using simple code like this: [[Earth]].

Editing

Referencing

Images

Tables

Talk pages
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VisualEditor is a secondary editing interface. It hides the underlying markup, and works more like a word processor. Links and other items are edited using a toolbar or popup interfaces.

Editing

Referencing

Images

Tables


Navigating Wikipedia

Manual of Style