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When viewing any page, you'll find three main navigation elements:

  1. The sidebar on the left gives you access to important pages such as Recent changes or Upload file.
  2. At the top of the page are links (often called tabs) which relate to the page currently displayed: its associated discussion page, the version history, and—most notably—the edit link.
  3. In the top right corner you'll find user links; as an anonymous user, you'll see a link to create an account or log in (they are the same page). As a logged-in user you have a collection of personal links, including ones to your user page and preferences.

Contents

Sidebar

The sidebar is displayed on the left edge of the page below the site logo (if using the default MonoBook skin). This sidebar gives you access to important pages such as Recent changes or Upload file.

Navigation

Clicking on the logo brings you back to the main page. The links in the navigation section just below will take you to important pages. These links can be configured by site administrators.

Toolbox

The toolbox contains a selection of links which change depending on what type of page you are viewing.

On all pages (except special pages):

On all pages (including special pages):

The function and use of the default special pages can be found in the special pages section of this manual.

Page Tabs

Default page tabs at the top of the page

The page tabs are displayed at the top of the article to the right of the site logo (if using the default MonoBook skin). These tabs allow you to perform actions or view pages that are related to the current article. The available default actions include: viewing, editing, and discussing the current article. The specific tabs displayed on your pages depend on whether or not you are logged into the site and whether you have sysop (administrator) privileges on the site. On special pages only the namespace tab is displayed.

Default for all users
namespace (article, help, special page, template, user page etc.)
discussion
edit (may read view source if anonymous editing is disabled, the page is in the MediaWiki: namespace, or the page is protected)
history
Extra tabs for logged-in users
move
watch
Extra tabs for sysops
protect
delete

Administrators can add or remove tabs by using JavaScript or installing extensions, so the tabs you see may be different depending on which wiki you are using.

User Links

Default user links at the top right of the page

The user links are displayed at the top far right of the article (if using the default MonoBook skin). These tabs allow the logged-in user to view and edit their user page and preferences. Additionally, the user links allow the user to quickly access their contributions to the site and logout.

For anonymous users the user links is replaced by a link to the wiki login page or, if enabled, a link to your IP address and your IP address's talk page.

Personal tools
Namespaces
Variants
Actions
Navigation
Languages
Toolbox
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