Wikipedia:Moving a page

"WP:MOVE" redirects here. For move requests, see Wikipedia:Requested moves.
"WP:MV" redirects here. For the Media Viewer, see Wikipedia:Media Viewer.
"WP:PAGEMOVE" redirects here. It is not to be confused with WP:PAGEMOVER.
For a condensed version of this guide targeted to first-time page movers, see Help:How to move a page.

In Wikipedia, a page can usually be renamed if the existing title is incorrect or needs to be changed; this is called moving a page. A page may also be moved to another namespace without changing the base title—for example, a userspace draft may be moved to article space. Autoconfirmed rights are required for page moving but you may request a page move at Wikipedia:Requested moves if you are not yet autoconfirmed, there is a technical barrier to the move, or the retitling is expected to be controversial and you need to seek consensus for the name change.

Files (images and media) can be moved only by Wikipedia administrators and file movers, but moves can be requested.

Category moves should be investigated and planned before they are initiated. Please post requests for category moves at Wikipedia:Categories for discussion if you are, or expect to be, unable to complete the process.

Reasons for moving a page

There are many reasons why you might wish to rename a page:

  • The title does not follow Wikipedia's naming conventions, such as that it is not the common name of the subject or it is overprecise
  • The subject of the article has changed its name and the new name has come into majority use
  • The title has been misspelled, does not contain standard capitalization or punctuation, or is misleading or inaccurate
  • It needs to be disambiguated in some way to avoid confusion with an existing, similarly named topic, or it exists at a disambiguated name but should not because it is the primary topic
  • It is an article at a descriptive name and the scope of the article has been reduced, extended or otherwise changed
  • It is an article that has been created as a subpage of a Wikipedian's user or user talk space for development purposes and it is ready to be posted to the mainspace or to draft space.
  • It is a draft article that has been created or edited in draft space for development purposes and it is ready to be posted to the mainspace.