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Wikitext is the main markup language used to format content on Fandom. It can be used to add photos, tables, bold styles, links, and many other visual changes.

It's not necessary to know wikitext in order to edit a page: you can use the VisualEditor to avoid it. However, users who learn it may appreciate the additional control they have over page content.

Wikitext can be used via source editor in either editor. To access an article's wikitext:

  • VisualEditor: click "VisualEditor" in the top middle, above the edit bar, which will open a menu where you can select "Source editing".
  • Before editing, you can go right to source mode by clicking the arrow next to the edit button, and clicking "edit source" from the drop-down menu.
  • When editing a section of an article, click "edit source" to edit that section in source.

On both platforms, you can also choose your preferred editor in preferences, and it will open by default when you click the edit button.

Below is an outline of basic wikitext that you can use while editing. Many of the options listed below have shortcut buttons in the editor toolbars.

Text formatting

Inline wikitext: code you can use anywhere in the page
Description You type You get
Italicize text ''italic'' italic
Bold text '''bold''' bold
Underlined text <u>underline</u> underline
Bold and italic '''''bold & italic''''' bold & italic
Strikethrough <s>strikethrough</s> strikethrough
Superscript 1<sup>st</sup> 1st
Subscript O<sub>2</sub> O2
Small Text small <small>text</small> small text
Big Text big <big>text</big> big text
Blockquote text <blockquote>It is a blockquote</blockquote>

It is a blockquote

Internal link
(within a wiki)

[[Help:Contents|Displayed text]]

Displayed text
Colored Link [[Help:Contents|<span style="color:dodgerblue;">Help:Contents</span>]] Help:Contents
Redirect to another page #REDIRECT [[Help:Contents]] latest Help:Contents
External link
(to other websites)

[ displayed text]


displayed text

Cite link <cite></cite>
Sign your posts on talk pages (username only) ~~~ Your username
Sign your posts
on talk pages
~~~~ (4 tildes) Your username 00:29,

12 August 2022 (UTC)

Insert the current date and time (UTC). Generally only used on talk pages. ~~~~~ (5 tildes) 00:29, 12 August 2022 (UTC)
Display wikitext code as typed <nowiki>[[This is not a link]]</nowiki> [[This is not a link]]
Display text as source code <code>Source Code</code> Source Code
Code that works only at the start of a line
Description You type You get

A Table of Contents will automatically be generated when four headings are added to an article.

(Skip level 1; it's used for the page name.)

== Level 2 ==
=== Level 3 ===
==== Level 4 ====
===== Level 5 =====
====== Level 6 ======

Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
Level 5
Level 6
Indented paragraph or line

No indent
: One indent
:: Two indents

No indent

One indent
Two indents
Bulleted list

* One
* Two
** Two point one
* Three

  • One
  • Two
    • Two point one
  • Three
Numbered list

# One
# Two
## Two point one
# Three

  1. One
  2. Two
    1. Two point one
  3. Three
Mixed list

* bulleted item
*# numbered item 1
*#: indented item a
*#: indented item b
*# numbered item 2

  • bulleted item
    1. numbered item 1
      indented item a
      indented item b
    2. numbered item 2
Preformatted text with working links

" "[[Help:Color|Color]] Text (note space at start, remove quotation marks)

Color Text
Preformatted text that shows underlying wikitext

<pre>[[Color]] Text</pre>

[[Color]] Text

Image formatting

Description You type You get
Image [[File:SeaOtter.png]] SeaOtter.png
Sized image
(width change with aspect ratio maintained)
[[File:SeaOtter.png|100px]] SeaOtter.png
Thumbnail image [[File:SeaOtter.png|thumb|Caption text]]

Caption text

Aligned image

[[File:SeaOtter.png|thumb|100px|left]] [[File:SeaOtter.png|thumb|100px|center]] [[File:SeaOtter.png|thumb|100px|right]]

Linked image [[File:SeaOtter.png|link=Help:Contents]] SeaOtter.png
Changed alt text [[File:SeaOtter.png|alt=A sea otter]] A sea otter
Direct link to image [[Media:SeaOtter.png]] Media:SeaOtter.png

Further wikitext examples

For more complex content that is sometimes more easily managed with wikitext editing, see:

See also

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