Help:Moving pages

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Moving (renaming) a page means giving it another name. This is done by using the Move page tab at the top. The tab is not visible if you are not logged in. After clicking the Move page tab, enter the new name and click Move page. Normally you would want to leave the "Move associated talk page" option ticked.

If you move page "A" to a new title "B", this operation will do the following:

  • Renames the title of page "A" as "B"
  • Renames all the editing history of page "A" as of page "B" as well
  • Creates a new page "A", whose content is a redirect to page "B"

Because the move operation leaves behind a redirect (see Help:Redirects), it should not result in any broken links, however you might want to hunt down pages or other redirects which link in to the newly created redirect and change their text to link directly to the new title. The What links here feature on the sidebar is useful for doing this.

Proposing a move

Deciding on a page title can be a difficult aspect of wiki organization, and one which can often provoke debates. If the move you have in mind is one which might cause upset or could be considered controversial, you can always propose the move first. Do this by leaving a note giving your reasons on the talk page.

Undo a move

As with almost all wiki editing, a move operation can be reversed (by any user). To reverse a move operation, simply move the page back, e.g. move page "B" back to "A".

The page title "B" will still be left behind, as a redirect from "B" to "A". Any user can remove the redirect and propose that the page be deleted. However the final deletion will require administrator privileges.