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Wikispaces Tutorials | Adding Buttons to Your Wikispaces Wiki | | Editing your Navigation | Changes to the default navigation panel | The Wikispaces Blog - lots of great ideas from the Wikispaces team | Let your readers know when the page was last updated | Help readers move between sections of your page | Easily move between pages

Wikispaces Tutorials


Wikispaces Tutorials

Adding Buttons to Your Wikispaces Wiki



Editing your Navigation


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Changes to the default navigation panel


See this article in the Wikispaces Blog -

Introducing the new and improved navigation bar

By Carole

The Wikispaces Blog - lots of great ideas from the Wikispaces team


Wikispaces Blog

A blog page specifically about useful features of wikis

Let your readers know when the page was last updated


It is useful for a reader to know if the page has been updated since their last visit. It might not be as visually appealing as a simple statement along the lines of This page last updated on ......, but it is easy to do, once you know how! On the Page tab, at the top of the page, click the little arrow - you are given a number of options, one of which is Details and Tags. Click on this, and hey presto - every page in your wiki will automatically display the information about who by, and when, the page was updated. The information stays there until you, or someone, closes it. Much easier than having to go into History to find that information.

Help readers move between sections of your page


If you have a long page, with lots of information, there is a quick way to move between sections. First, your sections must be identified with a Heading 1 heading. Next, add a Widget - use Table of Contents from the list. Choose "Embed flat table of contents" if you want the links to go across the page. Save the page and voila! there is a set of links to take you to different sections of the page. if it is a very long page it might be an idea to add a Table of Contents after every few sections so you are not constantly scrolling.

You can also add an anchor at the top of the page, then add an 'up' arrow at various places on the page and link the arrow to the anchor. This will quickly take you back to the top of the page. To make an anchor you put your cursor where you want the anchor to be (in this case at the very top of the page). Click on 'Link' > Click on the Anchor tab in the box that appears. Give the anchor a name, like 'top'. You only have to create the anchor once, regardless of how many pages you will use it on. Next time just select it. Now put your cursor where you want the arrow to be, and Click on 'File' and select the arrow file (which you have previously uploaded). You can align the arrow to left, right or centre. With the arrow selected click 'Link'. Select the name of the page you are working on, and click 'Link to anchor'. Write the name of the anchor. Click 'Add Link'.

Easily move between pages


Another tip to help make navigation easier, especially if your navigation pane is very long, or if you have lots of sub-pages, is to add links to other pages at the top - and maybe the bottom - of each page. Again, this eliminates lots of scrolling. If you set the links to open in a new window readers can easily move between pages they have visited. You can add a widget to do this (List of Wiki Pages), but it gives a vertical list of links.