Wikis use symbols such as asterisks, single-quotes, square-brackets and braces to represent formatting elements like making words into links to other sites or articles, or creating tables for layout and dividing the text into headings. This kind of text markup used in the MediaWiki (Wikipedia) project is called wikitext.

Below is a table of the most commonly used wikitext formatting, the middle column is what you type into the article in "edit mode" (after clicking the edit link at the top of the page), and the right-hand column shows what the result would be when viewing the article normally. For more detailed information about editing and wikitext, see Help:Wikitext.

Description You type You get
Applies anywhere
Italicise text



Bold text



Bold and italic

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

bold & italic

Internal link

(within this wiki)

Internal link
(to a category)

Interwiki Link
(to partner wiki)

[[name of page]]
[[name of page|display text]]

[[:Category:name of category]]

[[w:name of article]]
[[wiki:name of article]]
[[wiki:name of article|display text]]

name of page
display text

Category:name of category

w:name of article
wiki:name of article
display text

Note: red links mean
the page doesn't exist yet

External link

(to other websites)

[ display text]
[ Jane's email]

display text
Janes's email


#redirect [[Target page]]

1. redirect Target page



J.Doe 14:56, 12 April 2024
14:56, 12 April 2024

Escape wiki markup

with ''markup''
<nowiki>without ''markup''</nowiki>

with markup
without ''markup''

Applies only at the beginning of the line

of different sizes

== level 1 ==
=== level 2 ===
==== level 3 ====
===== level 4 =====

Tip: put __NOTOC__ in an article
to remove its table-of-contents

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4
Outline Numbered

# one
# two
## two point one
# three

1. one

2. two

2.1 two point one

3. three

Bullet list

* one
* two
** two point one
* three

  • one
  • two
    • two point one
  • three
Definition list

:item 1
:item 2

item 1
item 2
Thumbnail image

[[File:Example.jpg|thumb|Caption text]]

Caption text