Help:How to edit a page

To start editing, click the Edit tab at the top right of a Wiktionary entry (but, obviously, not until you’ve finished reading this).

The software that powers Wiktionary is designed to make editing as easy as possible, but there are going to be a few strange things. That’s because you can create far more than just plain text.

Formatting

The single quote (or apostrophe) character ' has the following special uses for formatting text:

  • Italic text is generated by typing two single quotes before and after the characters you want italicised, like this: ''Italic text''.
  • Bold text is generated by typing three single quotes before and after the characters you want bolded: '''Bold text'''.
  • You can of course combine the two to get bold italic text by using five single quotes: '''''bold italic text'''''.
    Or, as is used in our example sentences, you can have an italic sentence with bold italic words in it:
    ... an ''italic sentence with '''bold italic words''' in it''.
  • A single quote by itself has no special effect, so you can make words containing apostrophes italicised or bold too:
    Typing my ''dog's'' ball gives you my dog's ball.
    Typing my '''dog's''' ball gives you my dog's ball.
    For possessives ending with an apostrophe:
    For the Jones' house, type the ''Jones''' house.
    For the Jones' house, type the '''Jones'''' house.
    For the Jones' house, type the '''''Jones'''''' house.
  • The double quote " character has no special effect and can be used "normally" around or within italics and/or bold text:
    He said, "now you too can type some "bold" words or some "italic" words."
    He said, "now ''you'' too '''''can''''' type '''some "bold" words''' or ''some "italic" words''."
  • We don't use underlining because it makes text look like links.
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