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What is a wiki site?

Wikiwiki means quick in Hawaiian. Wikipedia is almost a household word now, but even more wikis are becoming an essential part of everyday collaboration sites. Essentially, a wiki site is a Web site in which users can easily edit any page. The site grows organically by linking existing pages together or by creating links to new pages. If a user finds a link to an uncreated page, he or she can follow the link and create the page.

A great starting point to understand the fundamentals of wiki collaboration is a 4-minute video titled Wikis in Plain English. A screencast (with audio) called Use Wikis in Sharepoint to Whiteboard Your Thoughts is a basic 12-minute introduction. Grassroots is Best at the site summarizes how to help a wiki grow. To understand specific editing steps, check the following instructions.

Editing wiki pages
This wiki library provides what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) editing. To edit a page, click Edit at the top of the page. You can insert tables and pictures with the click of a button. When you are happy with your changes you can click OK to update the page.

Creating links to pages
You can link to another page in this wiki library by enclosing the name of the page in double brackets on the edit form. For example, type [[Home]] to create a link to the page named Home and [[How To Use This Wiki Library]] to create a link to this page.

To create a link to a page and have the link display different text than the page name, type a pipe character (|) after the page name, and then type the display text. For example, type [[Home|Home Page]] to create the link labeled Home Page that points to the page named Home.

To display double opening or closing brackets without making a link, type a backslash before the two brackets. For example, \[[ or \]].

Creating pages
There are two main ways to create a new page in your wiki library:
  1. Create a forward link to another page and then click on it to create the page:
    This is the recommended way to create a page because it is easier for people to find the page when another page links to it.

    Forward links to pages that do not exist have a dashed underline. Start by adding the link (follow the Creating links to pages process earlier on this page). Click the link to go to the Create Page form where you can start typing your content.

  2. Create a page that is not linked to any other:
    In the Recent Changes section, click View All Pages. Then, on the New menu, click New Wiki Page. This takes you to the Create Page form where you can start typing your content.
Managing your wiki library
You can manage the pages in your wiki library by clicking View All Pages in the Recent Changes section.

Restoring a page
If you need to restore a previous version of a page, click History at the top of the page. You can then click on any of the dates to view the page as it existed on that date. When you find the version that you want to restore, click Restore this version on the toolbar.

Viewing incoming links
You can see which pages link to the current page by clicking Incoming Links at the top of the page.

For more information about using Windows SharePoint Services-based wiki libraries, click Help on any Windows SharePoint Services page.
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