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Wikipedia: The Missing Manual by John Broughton

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Additional Features in Edit Mode

When you click “edit this page” or the “edit” link for a section, the page’s format changes.

Edit Toolbar

At the top of the page when you’re in editing mode, you see the edit toolbar (Figure A-2).

The edit toolbar is always just above the edit box, near the top of the page. If you’re not sure what an icon does, just move your mouse pointer to one of the icons and see what the tooltip says.

Figure A-2. The edit toolbar is always just above the edit box, near the top of the page. If you’re not sure what an icon does, just move your mouse pointer to one of the icons and see what the tooltip says.

Most icons on the toolbar work in either of two ways:

  • If you select text and then click an icon, then you format the selected text.

  • If you don’t select any text, then when you click on an icon, the software adds and formats some sample text for you, highlighting it so you can be replace it with your own text.

Exceptions to this are the signature icon, the horizontal line, the line break, and the table insertion icon, which aren’t formatting actions. Instead, they insert specific text into the edit box, wherever the cursor is.

Note

Don’t highlight text before clicking the table icon, because the resulting table is probably going to be too simple for your needs. See Creating Tables for more detail on creating tables.

One preference lets you hide the edit toolbar if you never use it (see Figure 20-9, fifth option). If you haven’t turned the toolbar off, but you don’t see it, or it doesn’t function correctly, then you may not have JavaScript turned on (see Setting ...

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