This page provides assistance with the most common questions about Wikipedia

This page provides assistance with the most common questions about Wikipedia.To start, click on what you need assistance with below, or search all the help pages using the search box to the right. Or browse the Help menu or the Help directory.The Readers' FAQ and our about page contain the most commonly sought information about Wikipedia.There is a search box in the upper-right corner of every page with the word "Search" in it. Just type what you are looking for in there and then press ↵ Enter. See Help:Searching for more details.There are other ways to browse and explore Wikipedia articles; many can be found at Portal:Contents. Also see our disclaimer for cautions about Wikipedia's limitations.Contributing is easy: see how to edit a page. For a quick summary on participating, see contributing to Wikipedia. For a listing of introductions and tutorials by topic, see getting started. Or play the Wikipedia Adventure to learn to edit in an hour. The Cheatsheet can remind you of basic wiki markup.Be bold in improving articles! When adding facts, please provide references so others may verify them. If you are affiliated with the article subject, please see our conflict of interest guideline.If you're looking for places you can help out, the community portal is the place to go. You can practice editing and experiment in a sandbox.If there is a problem with an article about yourself, a family member, a friend or a colleague, please read Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons/Help and, if necessary, add a discussion to the biographies of living persons noticeboard.If you spot a problem with an article, you can fix it directly, by clicking on the "Edit" link at the beginning of that page. See the "I want to edit an article" section of this page for more information.If you don't feel ready to fix the article yourself, please post a message on the article's talk page. This will bring the matter to the attention of others who work on that article. There is a "Talk" link at the beginning of every article page.Alternatively you can contact us. If it's an article about you or your organization, see Contact us – Subjects.Check Your first article to see if your topic is appropriate, then the Article wizard will walk you through creating the article.Once you have created an article, see Writing better articles for guidance on how to improve it and what to include (like reference citations).For contributing images, audio or video files, see the Introduction to uploading images. Then the Upload wizard will guide you through that process.If searching Wikipedia has not answered your question (for example, questions like "Which country has the world's largest fishing fleet?"), try the Reference Desk. Volunteers there will attempt to answer your questions on any topic, or point you towards the information you need.For your convenience, answers have been recorded for the most frequently asked questions.You can find also where to ask questions or make comments.You can ask questions about using Wikipedia at the Help desk or at the Teahouse. Volunteers will respond as soon as possible.Or ask for help on your talk page and a volunteer will visit you there!You can get live help with editing in the help chatroom.For help with technical issues, ask at Village pump (technical)Besides the Help Menu to the right, Wikipedia has many reference aids to help you find the wiki topic you are looking for:A dummy edit is a slight change in an article's wikitext that has no effect on the rendered page but allows you to save a useful edit summary. This is like a SMS (Short Message Service).To make a "dummy edit" just make a slight non-rendering change to the page, fill out the edit summary with your short message including this tag: [[WP:dummy edit]] (include the four square brackets), and save your change. (Note that a null edit does not modify the wikitext and does not allow you to leave an edit summary.)Uses for dummy edits: