If you would like to try VisualEditor
without editing a live article, you can freely test it here
. You don't need an account to use VisualEditor on that page.
gives you the ability to edit without needing to learn wikitext markup, as is required by the default wikitext
editor. Unlike that editor, VisualEditor will display the text being edited almost as if it were already published
. This guide gives illustrated, step-by-step instructions on the editor's features, although it may occasionally lag behind the release of new ones.
Be aware that VisualEditor is still in development
and thus has known limitations
and bugs. For example, particularly for larger pages, VisualEditor can be slower than wikitext. While VisualEditor remains in development, you should review your changes
to ensure that the edits are those you intended.
We welcome your problem sightings, comments and suggestions on the Feedback page
. (Please note: In late 2017 all Save changes and Save page buttons were renamed Publish changes or Publish page. Every edit – even to drafts – is now saved in this way, and this should not be confused with putting drafts into the main part of Wikipedia. That is a separate process.)
VisualEditor is available on the following types of pages (namespaces):
- Article ("mainspace")
- File (but not with files, or other pages, at Wikimedia Commons)
- Wikipedia namespace
First step: enabling VE
If you are registered on Wikipedia, you can opt to make VisualEditor available for editing, by changing your preferences. You'll need a VisualEditor-supported browser; most are. Read more on how to opt-in
If you are not registered, you can still use VisualEditor by adding ?veaction=edit to the end of a Wikipedia page URL. (Registered editors who have not enabled VisualEditor in their preferences - that is, the box for "Temporarily disable the visual editor while it is in beta" option is checked - can do the same.)
Getting started: the VisualEditor toolbar
The Page options
menu is to the left of the Publish changes
button. On this menu there are options to adjust page settings, such as whether the page is a redirect, or how it is indexed; to add, edit, or delete categories
; and to see, using the "Language" item, the list of articles on the same subject that are in other languages. You can also switch (one-way only) from VisualEditor to the classic wikitext source editor without losing the editing work you've done.
This section is out of date
. A more current user manual can be found on mediawiki.org
Editing images and other media files
Editing media galleries
Editing page settings
Editing mathematical formulae
Editing poems and other special items
Many editors are used to entering wikitext directly, especially bold, italics and wikilinks. Keyboard shortcuts
allow to quickly insert similar formatting without having to use toolbar items. Here are the common general shortcuts in VisualEditor:
Last edited on 25 June 2021, at 18:44
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