Help:Moving a page

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Moving (renaming) a page means giving it another name. This is done by using the "move" action of tab "More" at the top. The tab is not visible if you are not logged in. Then simply enter the new name and click "Move page". Normally you would want to leave the "Move associated talk page" option ticked.

If you move page "A" to a new title "B", this operation will do the following:

  • Renames the title of page "A" as "B"
  • Renames all the editing history of page "A" as of page "B" as well
  • Creates a new page "A", whose content is a redirect to page "B"

The second point is important.

By using the "move" feature, you also move the editing history, which is desirable in most situations.

The editing history allows people to see how the contents of the page were built up, and who contributed what.

If you move contents around by copying and pasting (not using the move feature), you do not achieve this (see also Help:Tracking changes).

When the move operation leaves behind a redirect (see Help:Redirects), it should not result in any broken links except the possibility of double redirects – that is, pages redirecting to "A" which becomes a redirect itself.

You might want to hunt down pages or other redirects which link in to the redirect, and change their text to link directly to the new title.

The "whatlinkshere" feature, which can be used through the link in the toolbox (at bottom of the sidebar) is useful when doing this.

Undo a move[edit]

As with almost all wiki editing, a move operation can be reversed (by any user).

To reverse a move operation, simply move the page back, e.g. move page "B" back to "A".

The page title "B" will still be left behind, as a redirect from "B" to "A".

Any user can remove the redirect and propose that the page be deleted. However, the final deletion will require sysop privileges (see Help:Deletion and undeletion).

Moving a page without creating a redirect[edit]

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Users with the 'suppressredirect' user right can optionally move a page without creating a redirect. This is particularly useful when undoing a move.

When the right is enabled, one additional check box will appear when one needs to move a page (see picture at right).

Other types of editing[edit]

With wiki edits, you can start a new page, move (or rename) a page, or even delete a page: