Help:Introduction to navigating Wikipedia/5
The different types of pages
Tricks to find what you want
See past revisions
Redirects and shortcuts
Handy pages for editors
Review of what you've learned
Some pages on Wikipedia are redirects — they don't have any content of their own, but just send you on to another page. For example UK is a redirect to United Kingdom. So, if you type
UK in the search box, it will take you directly to the article on the United Kingdom. (There will also be a note below the article title saying "Redirected from UK".)
To create a redirect to a page:
- Via wiki markup: Click the button and type the destination page or use the code
- Via VisualEditor: Use the menu and then click Page settings to choose a destination page.
Wikipedians often refer to internal Wikipedia pages by shortcut names to make typing quicker. The Wikipedia namespace prefix can also be further abbreviated as
WP:. These shortcut pages are just redirects to the target page.
For example, Wikipedia:Neutral point of view can be written as
WP:NPOV to link to it, or typed into the search bar. Shortcuts to a page are usually listed in a box in the top right of that page.