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Works anywhere in the text        
Description You type You get
Italics, bold, and both

''italics'', '''bold''', and '''''both'''''

italics, bold, and both

Link to another page



"Pipe" a link to change the link's text

[[Android (operating system)|Android]]


Link to a section

[[Frog#Jumping|the jumping of frogs]]

the jumping of frogs

Red link
red links in articles help by showing desired redirects or notable pages

[[something missing]]

something missing

References and footnotes
sources in the article will appear where {{reflist}} is put, typically under a level 2 section heading (see below) towards the bottom of the page; text between {{}} is for a template

Hello,<ref>Library of Congress</ref> World.<ref></ref>

References: {{reflist}}

Hello,[1] World.[2]


  1. Library of Congress
sign your contributions when posting to a talk page


do not sign in an article, only on talk pages

Username (talk) 00:32, 26 November 2015 (UTC)

Plain website

Link a website



Link and name a website

[ Wikipedia]


Strike your talk page comment
to show your previous comment is outdated

<s>This topic isn't [[WP:N|notable]].</s>

This topic isn't notable.

Hide text somewhere for editors
consensus is how things are decided

<!--This had consensus, discuss at talk page-->

Show an image
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Template:Citation needed
one of many cleanup templates

Hello, World.{{cn}}

Hello, World.[source?]

Add a page to a category [[Category:Category name]]

place near the bottom of a page
shows "Category name" in a bar at bottom when the page is previewed or saved
Works only at the beginning of lines    
Description You type You get
Redirect to another page
redirects must be placed at the start of the first line

#REDIRECT [[Target page]]

Redirect arrow without text.svg Target page

Redirect to a section of another page

#REDIRECT [[Target page#anchorName]]

Redirect arrow without text.svg Target page#anchorName

Section headings
a Table of Contents will automatically be generated when four headings are added to an article

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

do not use  =Level 1=  as it is for page titles

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Level 5
Level 6
Nonindexed headers
left out of Table of Contents

; Header name

has a leading semicolon ";" in front

Header name

will not appear in Table of Contents
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
Indenting text
this is used when replying on a talk page, to make it easier to follow conversations

no indent (normal)
:first indent
::second indent
:::third indent

no indent (normal)

first indent
second indent
third indent

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