Tips and tricks: Taking on the Page tab

One of your most versatile tools for managing your wiki is on every single page — and a lot of people don’t even know it’s there! This month, I want to show off a handy-dandy little item called the Page Tab.

Depending on your settings, you’ve probably got two or three tabs on each page: the History tab, the Discussion tab, and the Page tab. History, of course, lets you look back at old versions of the page, and we’ve discussed the Discussion tab before. But if you just think of the Page tab as the place you edit the page, you’re missing out.

To find out what else you can do, move your cursor over that little gray arrow on the tab. You’ll get a dropdown list full of options:

  • Details and tags gives you a box at the top of the page that tells you who last edited the page, how many revisions it’s had, and which tags have been added to that page. If you want, you can edit the tags right there on the page.
  • Print does exactly what it says: Gives you a version of the wiki page that will print nicely. Just select Print to get a printable page, then print it out using your browser’s print command.
  • Download PDF lets you save the wiki page as a formatted PDF.
  • Backlinks gives you a list of all the other pages that link to this page — including pages in other wikis that also list you as a member.
  • Source lets you see a wikitext version of the page.

And if you’re an organizer of the wiki, you’ll also get these options:

  • Delete, of course, lets you delete the page. (If you ever delete a page by accident, you can restore it within 30 days from your Recycle Bin.)
  • Rename lets you change the name of your page.
  • Redirect lets you send visitors to a different page automatically. Redirects can be really helpful if you’ve made a new page for something, but most people still have links to the old one.
  • Permissions is a quick way to change the viewing and editing permissions on a single page.
  • Lock will restrict editing of the page to organizers only. If the page has already been locked, you will see Unlock on this list instead.

So get out there and take your Page tab for a spin!

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4 Comments

  1. Posted November 2, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    I really appreciate all this tips.
    I enjoy learn about how to manage wiki.
    I am a high school teacher here in Mexico and this technological resources are a great news for all the teachers group.
    Thanks for your attention

  2. Alfred C Carter
    Posted November 5, 2011 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    how do I put videos on my wiki

  3. Posted November 7, 2011 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Hi Alfred— Most people upload their videos to a service like YouTube or TeacherTube, then embed them on a wiki page. You can find out how to do that here: http://help.wikispaces.com/Editing+a+Page#video.

  4. Patricia
    Posted November 15, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    Very helpful this hint… I indeed hadn’t seen the little arrow. Great!

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