A visual editor (also called WYSIWYG - what you see is what you get) is an editor you can use without having to enter special markup (like HTML, wiki tags). The editor bars resemble those of commonly used word processing programs. We've built a WYSIWYG Editor into our Wiki and it comes up by default when you edit an article. There are a few occasions when you may need to use some wiki code, but this editor should allow you to do almost everything you need in our wiki.
How do I find the visual editor?
When you switch to the edit mode of an article, you will be presented with WYSIWYG editor by default. If you are in wiki code mode,click on the following button to return to the visual editor:
The article's text will now be displayed with its formatting. Above the input field, you can see a new toolbar:
The functions of the editor
The editor does exactly what you would expect from standard word processing programs: You mark the elements you want to change, and then choose the change, for example bold, from the toolbar. The change in formatting can be seen immediately.
|switch to editing using the wiki code|
|find and replace|
|paste as formatted text (e.g. from Word)|
|insert or edit link; you can find out how to insert links at the page Help:Links/example.|
|insert image; lets you upload and embed images.|
|insert category; the featuregives you an overview of the categories which already exist and lets you assign them to the current article.|
|insert checkboxes or checklists|
|insert table (also "table properties" and "delete table")|
|insert row above, insert row below, delete this row; insert column to the left, insert column to the right, delete this column|
||bold; italic; underlined; strike-out|
||list with bullet points; numbered list|
||decrease indent; increase indent|
|insert special symbol|
|insert line break|
|headings; Inline; alignment (left; center; right); table (standard, sortable, greyscale); pre|
|edit in full screen mode|
Working with tables
As uncomplicated as it may be for other formatting, wiki code is not ideal for tables. However, in the WYSIWYG editor, you can work with tables quickly and easily. Note that the majority of the buttons which deal with table formatting will only become active when a table is selected.
Tips for working with the WYSIWYG editor
- The WYSIWYG editor makes it easier to work with tables and images, in particular. We recommend working with normal wiki tags when making or editing complex pages.
- The visual editor is a web editor and as such cannot be guaranteed to work completely smoothly with desktop applications like Microsoft Word. You will need to be tolerant and be pleased that the editor at least makes some of your work easier. See Help:From_Word for more information.
- When using the Google Chrome browser, scaling images is currently only possible with
right-click => insert/edit image.