Help:Magic Words

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Magic words are strings of codes which associates with a return value or function, such as time, site details, or page names. This page is about usage of standard magic words.

Basically there are three types of magic words:

Behaviour Switches

A behaviour switch controls the layout or behaviour of the page and can often be used to specify desired omissions and inclusions in the content.

Word Description
Table of contents
__NOTOC__ Hides the table of contents (TOC).
__FORCETOC__ Forces the table of content to appear at its normal position (above the first header).
__TOC__ Places a table of contents at the word's current position (overriding __NOTOC__). If this is used multiple times, the table of contents will appear at the first word's position.
__NOEDITSECTION__ Hides the section edit links beside headings.
__NEWSECTIONLINK__ Adds a link beside the "edit" tab for adding a new section on a non-talk page.
__NONEWSECTIONLINK__ Removes the link beside the "edit" tab on pages in talk namespaces.
__NOGALLERY__ Used on a category page, replaces thumbnails in the category view with normal links.
__HIDDENCAT__ Used on a category page, hides the category from the lists of categories in its members and parent categories (there is an option in the user preferences to show them).
Language conversion
On wikis with language variants, don't perform any content language conversion (character and phase) in article display; for example, only show Chinese (zh) instead of variants like zh_cn, zh_tw, zh_sg, or zh_hk.
On wikis with language variants, don't perform language conversion on the title (all other content is converted).
__START__ No effect.
__END__ Explicitly marks the end of the article, to prevent MediaWiki from removing trailing whitespace.
__INDEX__ Tell search engines to index the page.
__NOINDEX__ Tell search engines not to index the page (ie, do not list in search engines' results).
__STATICREDIRECT__ On redirect pages, don't allow wiki to automatically update the link when someone moves a page and checks "Update any redirects that point to the original title".