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Help:Formatting text/instructions

How you perform the act of formatting text depends largely on the editor you choose to use. Nevertheless, the effect is largely the same on the Source editor and VisualEditor — both of which have pictographic editing tools.

Formatting in wikitext via the Source editor is explained elsewhere.

Formatting with the Visual Editor

Once you click the edit button and enter the editor, you will see this toolbar on top of the page.

VisualEditorToolbar1.png
The editor toolbar in the Visual editor.

Text Styles

Highlight the text you wish to modify with your cursor, and then choose:

  • Bold button.png to make the text bold.
  • Italic button.png to make the text italic.
  • Underline button.png to underline the text.
VisualEditorToolbar2.png
The text formatting menu in the Visual editor.
For more options, click the T drop-down menu and you will see the text formatting menu.

From here you can get the remaining text-formatting selections:

  • Code to format technical terms in-line with other text.
  • Strikethrough to make text with a line through it.
  • Superscript to make araised term or exponent.
  • Subscript to make alowered term.
  • Big to make a word or phrase appear in a larger font.
  • Small to make a word or phrase appear in a smaller font.
  • Remove will remove any text formatting and return it to plain text.

Heading Styles

VisualEditorToolbar3.png
The paragraph menu in the Visual editor.
Heading types may be selected from the PARAGRAPH menu as shown to the right.

Highlight the text that you want to style.

  • For major sections, choose Heading.
  • For sub-dividing a major section, choose one of the Sub-heading 1–4 items.
  • To present a block of text in a fixed-width font as-is (i.e., spaces and newlines will be preserved, templates will not be expanded, wikitext will not be rendered) choose Preformatted.
  • To present a block of text offset from the normal text flow, choose Block quote.
  • Please do not use Page title on normal wiki pages.


Formatting with the Source Editor

Once you click the edit button and enter the editor, you will see this toolbar on top of the page.

SourceEditorToolbar1.png
The editor toolbar in the Source editor.

Text Styles

Highlight the text you wish to modify with your cursor, and then choose:

  • Bold button.png to make the text bold.
  • Italic button.png to make the text italic.
  • Underline button.png to underline the text.

For more options, click the T ADVANCED drop-down menu and you will see the text formatting menu.

SourceEditorToolbar2.png
The advanced text formatting menu in the Source editor.

From here you can get the remaining text-formatting selections:

  • Superscript (XI) to make araised term or exponent.
  • Subscript (XI) to make alowered term.
  • Code, Strikethrough, Big, and Small are not available as menu-driven functions in the Source editor. You may still use the HTML tags (<code></code>, <s></s>, <big></big>, <small></small>) to achieve these effects.
  • There is no Remove function. Just edit the wikitext as required.

Heading Styles

SourceEditorToolbar3.png
The paragraph menu in the Source editor.
Heading types may be selected from the PARAGRAPH menu as shown to the right.
  • These are all the same as shown in the Heading Styles section above. Note that after you select one of these, you will see the wikitext applied to your highlighted text. Here are some examples:
==Major Heading==
===First Sub-heading===
====First Sub-sub-heading====

<pre>Preformatted text</pre>
<blockquote>Lorem ipsum</blockquote>


Beyond the basics

As you can see from the above images, there are many more buttons than we've mentioned. You can perform all sorts of formatting, much of which has also been demonstrated on this page. Since formatting in Fandom's Visual editor is largely a matter of highlighting text and pushing one of the buttons, take some time to explore the interfaces. You'll easily learn how to perform formatting much more advanced than italics and bolding. The Source editor allows you to achieve the same results as the Visual editor, but requires a bit more knowledge of wikitext and HTML.

See also

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