To edit, click the Edit tab at the top of a Wikipedia page, or click on the blue link () to the right of a section heading. This will take you to a new page containing the editable content of the current page. Wiki markup is used extensively throughout Wikipedia for such things as hyperlinks, tables and columns, , inline citation, special characters.
- Two editing environments: wikitext and VisualEditor
Edit box showing the wikitext markup (screenshot from 2012). You can change the formatting and contents of the page by changing what is written in this box.
Screenshot showing the same article in VisualEditor. Unlike the wiki markup display, VisualEditor will show the text being edited almost as if it were already published.
It's considered good practice to enter a brief explanation of an edit you make. This is done in the edit summary box, under the edit window. For example, after correcting a spelling error, you might just type "sp."; after correcting a typo, you might enter "typo". In such cases, you can, if you wish, check the box "This is a minor edit" (available only if you've logged in).
Before saving your edit by clicking "Publish changes", it's usually a good idea to click the Show preview button . This lets you see what the page will look like after your edit. We all make mistakes; this feature helps you catch them before other people see them! Using Show preview before saving also lets you format and try other edits without cluttering the page history.
Save the page
Have you provided an edit summary? Previewed the page? Then you're ready for the final step: Click "Publish changes".