How to Add the Things You'll Need Section to a wikiHow Article

Two Methods:Guided EditorAdvanced Editor

The Things You'll Need section informs people what non-food supplies/items they need to complete the steps. Most articles don't need this section, but some do. This article will show you how to add one.

Method 1
Guided Editor

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    Go to the wikiHow article you wish to add the section to.
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    Click the Edit Article link on the top right of the article. You can also edit the article by scrolling over the Edit section on the green toolbar at the top of the page. Click the first option (which should say Edit this Article).
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    Scroll down to the "Options" section at the bottom and check the Things You'll Need checkbox.
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    Scroll up until you see the Things You'll Need section. Add a list of non-food items by adding an asterisk and the item (e.g. *Item Name). Look through the article first to look for the items needed to add them to the Things You'll Need section. After you add your items, click the Add button or press enter.
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    Type your edit summary (optional). A suitable edit summary when you do this could be "Adding Things You'll Need section."
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    Check the checkbox that says "This is a minor edit." This is only if you did a small edit (like only adding 1 or 2 things to the list).
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    Preview the edit to make sure it correctly appears in the article.
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    Click the Publish button.

Method 2
Advanced Editor

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    Open the article in Edit mode. If you're not on Advanced editor, switch to the Advanced Editor by clicking the link just below the title in the Guided editor window.
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    Scroll down until you are just above the "Related wikiHows" section of the page. If it doesn't contain that section, create the new section as the very last section of the page.
    • If the page contains the MediaWiki magic word (parts or methods with underscores on both sides, make sure that you create the section above that magic word.
    • If the page contains a "Sources and Citations" section, make sure that this section is added above that section.
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    Type the first line == Things You'll Need ===, and press Enter to advance to the next line.
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    Type an asterisk followed by two spaces.
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    Begin typing your first item from the list.
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    Repeat adding items on subsequent lines.
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    Type an edit summary, such as "adding Things You'll Need."
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    Check the minor edit checkbox. This is only if you just did a small contribution to the page.
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    Preview the edit to make sure it correctly appears in the article. This can be done by pressing the Preview button.
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    Publish the edit once everything looks good.

Tips

  • Make sure the words you add to the list are grammatically correct (no spelling mistakes, capitalized properly, etc.).
  • Do not include food and drinks in this section. Instead, add it to the "Ingredients" section (which will be located at the top of the article).

Article Info

Categories: WikiHow