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Help:Editing pages

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Easy editing of pages is what wikis are made for. It only takes a few clicks. (However, new users should understand that their edits will be subject to moderation.)

Editing existing pages

  • Click the edit tab with the pencil icon Timeless Skin - Pencil-grey.png
    • if you're on mobile, the edit tab will have the pencil icon and no text
    • on some pages, the edit tab will have one or more variations of the text:
      • edit
      • edit with form
      • edit source
    • Every editable page has an edit tab at the top of the page. Further, many pages have sections that are separately editable. Look for edit links next to the section heading.
  • Make changes to the text in the edit box. Make sure you write clearly and concisely, and make sure your edit does something to improve the page. If you're making normal changes to the text like fixing spelling mistakes or grammar, inserting new sentences, etc, then you don't have to worry too much about formatting. When you do need to use some type of formatting, you do it using wiki syntax, see Help:Formatting for some of the common types of formatting used.
  • Optionally, enter a short note in the Summary box describing your changes.
  • Optionally preview your changes with the Preview button.
  • Click the Save page button.

Visual Editor

Wiki Law School uses a text editor called Visual Editor, which is a wysiwyg ("what you see is what you get") editor. Visual Editor takes care of many formatting markups so the user doesn't have to. Visual Editor also displays a representation of the page being edited that is very similar to what the page will look like after all formatting marks are applied. Thus, Visual Editor reduces the burden on people learning how to contribute to the wiki.

Visual Editor includes tool bars that act as shortcuts to let the user add formatting, such as bold and italics text, tables, and links to other pages in Wiki Law School or external links to other web pages.

Editing new pages

If the page you wish to edit does not exist yet, see Help:Starting a new page


Every article has its own discussion page where you can ask questions, make suggestions, or discuss corrections. Click the discussion page tab near the top of the page to reach it (or if on mobile, just the word bubble Timeless Skin - Talk-grey.png). Talk pages are formatted as Structured Discussions.

Style Guide

See the Wiki Law School:Manual of Style for a general guideline for the creation, editing, and formatting of uniform Wiki Law School articles.