Wikipedia:Change summary

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When you change a page, there is a small box with the words "Change summary" under the main change-box. It looks like this:

Change summary text box

You can write up to 200 characters there. These words will show up on the New changes page, in the page revision history, and in the watchlists of users who are watching that article.

It is always good to write something in this box. This lets people know what you have changed. You can also say why you changed something.

Some people use abbreviations in their change summary. There is a list of abbreviations used at edit summary legend.

Please see MediaWiki User's Guide: Edit summary for full information on change summaries.