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{{PD Help Page}}
 
{{PD Help Page}}
MediaWiki allows you to categorize pages and files by appending one or more '''Category''' {{#ifeq:Category|{{ns:category}}||'''({{ns:category}})'''}} tags to the content text. Adding these tags creates links at the bottom of the page that take you to the list of all pages in that category, which makes it easy to browse related articles.
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==Reading==
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* [[Help:Navigation|Navigation]]
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* [[Help:Searching|Searching]]
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* [[Help:Tracking changes|Tracking changes]]
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* [[Help:Watchlist|Watchlist]]
  
==Add a page to a category==
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==Editing==
To add a page or uploaded file to a category, simply edit the page and add the following text (where ''NAME'' is the name of the category you want to add it to).
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* [[Help:Editing pages|Editing pages]]
<nowiki>[[</nowiki>{{ns:category}}:''NAME'']]
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* [[Help:Starting a new page|Starting a new page]]
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* [[Help:Formatting|Formatting]]
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* [[Help:Links|Links]]
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* [[Help:User page|User pages]]
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* [[Help:Talk pages|Talk pages]]
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* [[Help:Signatures|Signatures]]
  
Any number of {{ns:category}} tags may be added to the page and the page will be listed in all of them. {{ns:category}} tags can be added wherever you like in the editing text, but they are usually added at the very bottom for the convenience of other editors.
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===Advanced editing===
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* [[Help:Images|Images]]
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* [[Help:Tables|Tables]]
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* [[Help:Categories|Categories]]
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* [[Help:Subpages|Subpages]]
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* [[Help:Managing files|Managing files]]
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* [[Help:Moving a page|Moving (renaming) a page]]
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* [[Help:Redirects|Redirects]]
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* [[Help:Deleting a page|Deleting a page]]
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* [[Help:Protected pages|Protected pages]]
  
Spaces and line breaks before categories are ignored, thus
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* [[Help:Templates|Templates]]
<pre><nowiki>
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* [[Help:Variables|Variables]]
* A list item
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* [[Help:Namespaces|Namespaces]]
[[Category:Some category]] Some text
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</nowiki></pre>
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will be rendered the same as
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<pre><nowiki>
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* A list item Some text
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</nowiki></pre>
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You will need to manually add a &lt;br /&gt; tag or a line break after the category.
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===Sort key===
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* [[Help:Special pages|Special pages]]
A ''sort key'' specifies where the page will appear in the category list, and under which letter heading. (By default, the page is sorted under the first letter of its full name ''including its namespace''.) You can add a sort key to a page by adding it inside the {{ns:category}} tag. For example, the tag below will add the page under the heading "S".
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* [[Help:External searches|External searches]]
<nowiki>[[</nowiki>{{ns:category}}:''NAME''|''SORT'']]
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Sort keys are case-sensitive, and a space is also valid. The order of the sections within a category follows the Unicode sort order. The sort key does not change the page title displayed in the category.
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* [[Help:Bots|Bots]]
  
==Create a category==
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===Personal customization===
A category is created when a page is created in the '''''Category:''''' namespace. A category page can be created the same way as other wiki pages (See [[Help:Starting a new page]]); just add "<code>{{ns:category}}:</code>" before the page title. (Category lists exist even if their description page is not created, but these categories are isolated from others and serve little purpose for organization or navigation.)
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* [[Help:Preferences|Preferences]]
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* [[Help:Skins|Skins]]
  
It is not possible to rename (move) a category, unlike other wiki pages. It is necessary to create a new category and change the {{ns:category}} tag on every page. The new category will not have the older category's page history, which is undesirable if there are many revisions.
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==Wiki administration==
  
To avoid extra work, try searching within your wiki before creating a new category. The list of all categories can be found in "{{int:specialpages}}" in the "{{lcfirst:{{int:toolbox}}}}" box of the [[Help:Navigation#Sidebar|sidebar]].
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* [[Help:Sysops and permissions|Sysops and permissions]]
  
==Hidden categories==
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The following features require extra permissions that are not normally granted to all wiki users.
The categories that a page is in are normally listed at the bottom of the page. A category can be hidden from these lists by adding "<code><nowiki>__HIDDENCAT__</nowiki></code>" [[Help:Magic words|magic word]] to the category page. (Each user can choose to see them in a separate "{{int:hidden-categories}}" list, by checking "{{int:tog-showhiddencats}}" in the "{{int:prefs-rendering}}" section of [[Special:Preferences]].)
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Hidden categories are automatically added to [[:Category:{{mediawiki:hidden-category-category}}]] (specified by [[MediaWiki:Hidden-category-category]]).
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* [[Help:Protecting and unprotecting pages|Protecting and unprotecting pages]]
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* [[Help:Sysop deleting and undeleting|Sysop deleting and undeleting]]
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* [[Help:Patrolled edits|Patrolled edits]]
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* [[Help:Blocking users|Blocking users]]
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* [[Help:Range blocks|Range IP blocks]]
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* [[Help:Assigning permissions|Assigning permissions]]
  
Hidden categories are not hidden on category pages ({{bugzilla|15550}})
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{{Languages|Help:Contents}}
 
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[[Category:Help| ]]
==Linking to a category==
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__NOTOC__
To create a link to a category, use a leading colon before the category name. (Without this colon, it will add the current page to the category.) To change the link text, write the text inside the link tag after a pipe.
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<nowiki>[[</nowiki>:{{ns:category}}:''NAME'']]
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<nowiki>[[</nowiki>:{{ns:category}}:''NAME''|''TEXT'']]
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For example, to link to "{{ns:category}}:Help", write "<code><nowiki>[[</nowiki>:{{ns:category}}:Help]]</code>", which will result in [[:{{ns:category}}:Help]].
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[[Help:Redirects|Redirect pages]] (to categories) must also use the colon, otherwise it will be added to the category instead of redirecting.
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{{Languages}}
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[[Category:Help|Categories]]
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Reading

Editing

Advanced editing

Personal customization

Wiki administration

The following features require extra permissions that are not normally granted to all wiki users.

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