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Toolbars - "FCK" or "Rich Text" Editor vs. Wikitext

The FCK or Rich editor is the editing tool used in the FamilySearch Research Wiki. FCK stands for Frederico Caldeira Knabben, the creator of this editing tool. Registered users may edit or add new information to almost any page by clicking on the Edit link within the navigation bar. After clicking the Edit link, the editing window will open. If the FCK Editor is turned on, the user will see the following toolbar at the top of the editing window: Rich Text Editor toolbar

If, however, the FCK editor is turned off, the user will see the following toolbar at the top of the editing window: Deafult toolbar

Although there are benefits to using both toolbars, for beginners we recommend working with the FCK editor turned on, because the user does not have to view WikiText which can be confusing and difficult to work with. The default settings for all users is the FCK editor turned on. If you are a beginner, you don't need to change any settings to use the FCK editor. The FCK editor is often referred to as "the editing tool" in the FamilySearch Research Wiki.

Using the editing toolbar (aka "Rich" or "FCK" editor)

The editing tool allows users who are editing or contributing articles to edit in a user-friendly, and familiar word processing environment. Without the editing tool enabled, the user would edit in a computer code environment. This can be especially intimidating for new users, or those who are unfamiliar with computer code. The editing tool allows you to format text, add bullets and numbering, create tables, add images, and add hyperlinks much like you would using an e-mail account or word processing software by clicking on buttons at the top of the editing window. Many of the buttons on the toolbar will be familiar to you. Below is a description of each of the buttons on the FCK editor:

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Cut. Allows users to cut text from one location on the page and pasted in another location. This button is only active when text has been selected on the page.
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Copy. Allows users to copy text on the page to paste in another location. This button is only active when text has been selected on the page.
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Paste. Allows users to paste or insert copied or cut text into another location on the page.
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Print. This button triggers the user's computer to print the editing window of a page.
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Undo. This button allows users to undo the last editing action or actions.
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Redo. This button is only active when the user has clicked the Undo button. This reverses the "undo" action.
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Find. This button helps the user search for a word or phrase within the editing window.
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Replace. This button allows the user to replace a word or phrase located within the editing window with another word or phrase.
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Select All. This button allows the user to select everything in the editing window. This can be helpful when trying to copy text into another document.
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Remove Format. Occasionally, when trying to format text, the editor will format more text than you intend if there is not enough space between the lines. Highlight the text you want to remove formatting from, and click this button.
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Special Characters. This button contains characters such as many diacritics, accents and symbols not available on your keyboard.
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Tables. This button allows you to insert a table with a specific number of rows and columns. Learn more about tables on the FCK editor website.
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Images. This button helps users insert or edit images. Learn more about inserting images.
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Horizontal Line. This button inserts a horizontal line anywhere on the page.
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Templates. This is an advanced feature. Learn more about templates on the FCK editor website.
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Special Tags. This button allows users to add tags or metadata to articles.
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Reference. This button allows users to insert footnote-like citations or references in an article. Learn more about adding citations.
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Formula. This button allows users to insert formulas similar to those added to spreadsheets. This can be helpful for calculating information in tables.
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Bold. This button allows users to add bold formatting to text.
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Italics. This button allows users to add italic formatting to text.
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Underline. This button allows users to underline text.
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Strikethrough. This button allows users to strike through text rather than deleting it.
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Subscript. This button allows users to type text that falls slightly below the line level.
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Superscript. This button allows users to type text that rises slightly above the line level.
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Numbered List. This button allows users to create a numbered list.
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Bulleted List. This button allows users to create a bulleted list.
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Block Quote. This button allows users to create a block quote within an article.
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Hyperlink. This button helps users insert a link to another page or website. Learn more about adding internal links and adding external links to articles or pages.
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Remove link. This button removes hyperlinks from text in an article. This button is only active when the cursor is on an active hyperlink.
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Add Anchor. This button allows users to create a place in an article that users may access directly, either from the content pane, or from a separate web address. This is helpful for lengthy articles, or to allow users to quickly view a specific part of an article.
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Full Screen. This expands the editing window to provide more visible area in which to edit an article. Click this button again to remove the full-screen editing mode.
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About FCK. This button includes information about the current version of FCK editor being used in the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
Format
Format Text. Allows users to change text size through a select number of headings.
Wikitxt
(See below for details) 


Wikitext mode

Some editing in the FamilySearch Wiki is easier when the the editing tool (FCK editor) is disabled, or turned off. For example, dragging and dropping or copying and pasting text into the FamilySearch Wiki is often easier with the editing tool turned off. Also, in some situations, formatted text may only be copied into the Wiki in one of two ways: With the editor tool turned off, or with the editor tool in "WikiText" mode. To switch the editor into "Wikitext" mode, click the Wikitext button (shown below) on the FCK editor toolbar, and paste the text into the editor window. Image:Editor_ToolbarWT.png

To see what it will look like, click on the Wikitext button again to switch back to the visual mode, or the "What You See is What You Get" mode. NOTE: In the Wikitext mode, most of the buttons are "inactive" or cannot be used. To reactivate the buttons on the toolbar, click on the Wikitext button again.

Turning the editor tool off and on

As mentioned above, it is sometimes necessary to turn the FCK editor, or editing tool, off. To turn off the editing tool, the user must be logged in to the FamilySearch Wiki.
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Visit the Get Help to receive help with contributing to the Wiki.


  1. Make sure you are signed in to the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
  2. In the navigation bar, locate the "Personal tools" box.
  3. Under the "Personal tools" box, click My preferences.
  4. This will open a page titled "Preferences". Several options will be listed, including "User profile," "Skin," "Files," etc. Click on the option, titled, "Editing"
  5. After clicking on the "Editing" tab, a list of options will appear on the page with checkboxes next to each option.
  6. In the list of checkboxes, locate the box with the words, "Show edit toolbar (requires JavaScript)" next to it. It is the 5h checkbox in the list.
  7. To turn the editor off, click this box so that a check mark is removed from the check box. (To turn the editor back on click on the check box so that the check mark appears.)
  8. Click the Save button to save your changes.
  9. After clicking the Save button, a message should appear at the top of the page that reads, "Your preferences have been saved." You may now return to the main page, or begin searching for an article to read or edit!

Learn more about the editing tool

To learn more about the FCK editor, browse through the FCK Editor User's Guide.


Click here to view a demonstration on using the editing tool.


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