Formatting examples

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Formatting Wikipedia articles is a bit different from writing on a standard word processor. Instead of a strict WYSIWYG approach ("What You See Is What You Get"), Wikipedia uses text codes to create particular elements of the page (e.g. headings). Here's some examples:

What source text result
anywhere in the text
Italic text



Bold text



bold and italic

'''''bold & italic'''''

bold & italic

Internal link

(within Wiki)

[[name internal link]]
[[name internal link|other text]]

name internal link
other text

Note: when a linked page doesn't yet exist, the link is displayed red rather than blue
External link

(to other websites)

[ other text]

other text

Only at the beginning of a line
Different size headers

== level 1 ==

=== level 2 ===

==== level 3 ====

level 1

level 2

level 3

unordered list

* one
* two
** two dot one
* three

  • one
  • two
    • two dot one
  • three
numbered list

# one
# two
## two dot one
# three

  1. one
  2. two
    1. two dot one
  3. three