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  • It is easy to cite a publication via the Biblio tool with the corresponding PMID. Just note that this is case sensitive: pmid=185615 will link to the right paper but PMID=185615 will not.

Staying logged in to OpenWetWare

Go to your preferences and set a new password (can be the same one) and then select "Remember my login on this computer"

That's it. Now you should be logged on permanently until you want to log off.

(Note: This tick box in the preferences seems to work whereas the other one that exists underneath the login form, doesn't.)

Line breaks after images

To force content after an image to be placed below an image. Use

<br style="clear:both;"/>

. (This prevents nearby text from "wrapping around" the image.


Access some OWW statistics ...

  • [[Special:Statistics|{{NUMBEROFARTICLES}}]] gives 48,406
  • [[Special:Statistics|{{NUMBEROFUSERS}}]] gives 18,472 (due to issues with the user management system, this number may not always be up to date)

Making maps

See OpenWetWare:Map for an example of how to make a map on the wiki.

Using | in templates

Use &124; to insert '|' inside templates

Hide edit section links

Include __NOEDITSECTION__ at the bottom of the page.

Links to user pages

Page title prefix searching

Use the Special:Prefixindex page to find all pages that begin with a certain prefix, such as OpenWetWare:.

Image Galleries

You can use the <gallery> tag to quickly create a nicely formatted image gallery. See here for an example.

No printable

If you don't want something to appear on the printable version of the page, use

<div class=noprint>This will appear on wiki but not on printable version</div>

This is useful to avoid printing banners or other things that may take up a lot of ink.

Google searching OpenWetWare

To do a Google search of OpenWetWare, do one of the following

  1. Type your query followed by "" in any general Google search box.
  2. Type your query in the search box on the left and click search. Scroll to the bottom of the search results page and you will find a Google search box for OpenWetWare.

Better RecentChanges Viewing

Go to the preferences menu and go to the recent changes/stub dislplay section. Click Enhanced Recent Changes. This groups changes on the same page together. This provides better viewing of changes, especially when people (drew!) save many times while making changes. --Sri Kosuri 20:26, 18 Sep 2005 (EDT)

Image Link Targets

Bug 539: Allow images that link somewhere other than the image page. Use $wgAllowTargettedImages=true; in LocalSettings.php when available.

Using an external link AND image, you can easily do this. [] produces

Shortcuts for signing and dating

~~~ produces Patrick
~~~~ produces Patrick 10:58, 20 Jul 2004 (UTC)
~~~~~ produces 08:41, 25 Jul 2004 (UTC)

The convention for comments on OpenWetWare is "chat-room style" i.e.



  • Reshma 12:13, 20 April 2007 (EDT): Hello