# Help:Formatting

 This page is a modified copy of MediaWiki.org's Public Domain Help Pages, which can be freely copied into fresh wiki installations and/or distributed with MediaWiki software. See Help:Contents for an overview of all pages.

You can format your text using wiki markup. This consists of normal characters like asterisks, single quotes or equation marks which have a special function in the wiki, sometimes depending on their position. For example, to format a word in italic, you include it in two single quotes like ''this''

## Text formatting markup

 Description You type You get applies anywhere Italic text ''italic'' italic Bold text '''bold''' bold Bold and italic '''''bold & italic''''' bold & italic Escape wiki markup no "markup" no ''markup'' Fixed width text Fixed width text Fixed width text only at the beginning of the line Indent text :Single indent ::Double indent :::::Multiple indent Single indent Double indent Multiple indent Headings of different levels An article with four or more headings will automatically create a table of contents. =level 1=Use of a level 1 heading is highly discouraged as it appears with the same formatting and size as the page title, which can be confusing. ==level 2== ===level 3=== ====level 4==== =====level 5===== ======level 6====== Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6 Horizontal rule ---- Bullet list * one * two * three ** three and one-third ** three and two-thirds one two three three and one-third three and two-thirds Numbered list # one # two
spanning several lines
without breaking the numbering # three ## three point one ## three point two one twospanning several lineswithout breaking the numbering three three point one three point two Mixture of bulleted and numbered lists # one # two #* two point one #* two point two one two two point one two point two Definition list ;Definition :item 1 :item 2 Definition item 1 item 2 Preformatted text preformatted text is done with   a space at the   beginning of the line ```preformatted text is done with a space at the beginning of the line ``` Preformatted text with no indentation
some preformatted text with no indentation
```some preformatted text with no indentation ``` Blockquotes Body text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text
quote quote quote quote quote quote
text text text text text text text text text text text text Body text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text quote quote quote quote quote quote text text text text text text text text text text text text Comment

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## Paragraphs

MediaWiki ignores normal line breaks. To start a new paragraph, leave an empty line. You can also start a new line with the HTML tags <br> or <br/>.

## HTML

Some HTML tags are allowed in MediaWiki, for example <code>, <div>, <span> and <font>.

 Tip for wiki admins: If you trust your users you can allow full HTML by setting `\$wgRawHtml = true;` in LocalSettings.php.

## Other formatting

Beyond the text formatting markup shown above, here are some other formatting references: