A page can and should be divided into sections, using the section heading syntax. For each page with more than three section headings, a table of contents (TOC) is automatically generated. This page explains the syntax of these elements. For information about how to name sections or how to use sections to structure articles, please read the Wikipedia:Guide to layout.

Creation and numbering of sections

For details on how to name sections, or about using them properly to structure articles, see Wikipedia:Guide to layout.

Sections are created by creating their headings, as below.

== Section ==
=== Subsection ===
==== Sub-subsection ====

Please do not use only one equals sign on a side (=Heading=). This would cause a section heading to be as large as the page's name (title). The maximum number of equals signs is six.

Heading names of sections (including subsections) should be unique on a page. Using the same heading more than once on a page causes problems:

  • An internal link (wikilink) to a section, in the form [[Article name#Section heading]], will only link to the first section on the page with that name, which may not be the intended target of the link. See also Linking to sections of articles.
  • When a section with a duplicate name is edited, the edit history and summary will be ambiguous as to which section was edited.
  • When saving the page after a section edit, the editor's browser may navigate to the wrong section.


For registered users who use Preferences → Appearance → Auto-number headings, sections are numbered in the table of contents and at beginning of each section heading.

Sorting order

For the ordering of (appendix & footer) sections, see: Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Layout § Order of article elements.

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