How to Get More out of wikiHow

Any resource is more useful when you take some time to familiarize yourself with it. wikiHow is no exception. By following these easy steps and guidelines, you too can become a vital part of the community!


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    Take some time to learn the wikiHow guidelines. Learn the basics of successful participation.
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    Appreciate the availability of a great resource. Teach yourself a new skill or spread your knowledge to inspire others.
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    Try editing an article or two. To edit any page, just click the link that says "edit this page." If you want to get your "editing feet" wet before jumping right in, there's always the Sandbox. It is a practice page made just for your editing experiments, so if you have a disaster or two, there is nothing to worry about.
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    If you find that you enjoy editing, and you are looking for something fun to do, you can always help improve wikiHow by checking articles for errors, typos, and other literary mistakes. If you cannot find an article to edit, you can always try this list of recently updated pages. Chances are, there is an article lurking somewhere on the list that could use your attention.
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    Get involved in the articles. Sometimes, although you might not want to edit a certain article, you may still have comments or questions about it. That's why discussion pages are a good way to express your thoughts and help improve wikiHow at the same time. If you click on the above link, it will take you to a page where you can talk about this article. All wikiHow articles can be discussed using this feature. If you want to talk about an article you are reading, click on the "Editing Tools" drop-down list and select "View Discussion Page." If it tells you that the page doesn't exist yet, feel free to create it!
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    Get involved in the community. wikiHow is not just a place to find great "how to" information, it is also a group of people coming together to create the best and most helpful articles available anywhere, and we want to let you to be a part of that. User pages are a good way to increase your level of participation and get to know fellow community members. Everyone who has an account has their own user page. If you want to see yours, click the drop down list entitled "Editing Tools" and select "My Author Page." Remember, this page is yours, so fear not to edit it with lots of interesting info about yourself.
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    Find a new interest. Check out a few articles on topics that interest you. The best way to learn how to get more out of wikiHow is to look around and see what wikiHow has to offer. Learn something new every day. Spur your creativity.
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    Streamline your day with practical, up-to-date techniques. Learn to relax and have more fun.
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    Enjoy an evolving culture. Create a more helpful article to change people's lives.
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    Meet new friends from all over the world. Most people are eager to share their interests or experience with others.
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    Have fun! Whether you are here for some quick "how to" information, or to become a Wiki editing pro, remember to enjoy yourself. All of the steps above are intended to help you do just that.


  • Portray your ideas and others will help to get your point across.
  • Accept a new point of view. wikiHow, along with the world, is constantly changing.
  • Provide active improvements to every article. Focus on creating a positive experience.
  • Fear not to edit an article. If you accidentally trash an article or two at first, someone can easily change it back to the way it was before. The basic concept of wikiHow (and all wikis) is user participation. It is a collaborative effort to create the best information resource possible, and we can't do that without your help.
  • For some fancy editing tips, check out our editing help.


  • Familiarise yourself with Wiki procedures, especially the fact that someone else may come along and edit articles that you have created or changed. This is part of the collaborative effort that makes wikiHow a useful resource, so do not take offense if someone changes your work. Besides, you can always console yourself by finding someone else's work to improve. After all, constant improvement through user participation is what wikiHow is all about.
  • Avoid drama, criticism, and negativity that may occur within the community. Focus on the positives of wikiHow to help you find it more enjoyable and contribute your time more effectively.

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