Anatomy of Your Editor Toolbar

From Wikispaces help.





Color and Style Editor
  • Basic tab:
    • Font
    • Size
    • Text color
    • Background (or highlight) color
    • Alignment
    • Vertical position (i.e., subscript and superscript)
    • Strike through
  • Advanced tab: Apply CSS to the text


The style menu lets you format paragraphs as headings or normal text. Headings — from Heading 1 to Heading 6 — will, in addition to changing the size and color of the text, automatically add that text to the Table of Contents when you add the Table of Contents widget to your page.

If you are comfortable with CSS, you can change these preset styles on the wiki stylesheet: Manage Wiki > Look and Feel > Wiki Stylesheet.

Visual organization elements

Ordered list (1, 2, 3...)

Unordered list (bullets)

Horizontal rule


To add a link, highlight the text or image that you would like to make into a link, and click the link button. You have three options for linking:
  • Wiki Link: Link to another wiki page or to an anchor that you've already placed in any page on the wiki.
  • External Link: Link to an external Web site or an email address.
  • Anchor: Place a named anchor wherever your cursor was when you hit the button. (If you have text or other content highlighted, the anchor will replace that content. You will need to place an anchor before you can link to it.)


  • Insert Files: Upload files to your wiki; find existing files by name, tag, or file type; and either embed your file or create a link to it on the current page.
  • External Image: Place an image that is hosted somewhere else in your wiki page.


A widget is a piece of media (like a video, a calendar, or dozens of other media types) that can be embedded into a wiki page. The Widget tool on your editor toolbar lets you embed almost any kind of media.

We built some widgets that perform Wikispaces-specific functions:
  • Table of Contents: Place a Table of Contents at the top of your page that will automatically include any paragraph that has been formatted as a Heading.
  • Reference: Create footnotes for your wiki page.
  • RSS feed: Embed relevant RSS feeds into your page.
  • Contents of a Wiki Page: Display everything that is in the content area of another page on your wiki.
  • List of Wiki Pages: Display a list of all the pages on your wiki, up to the number of pages you indicate (10 is the default).
  • Discussion Area: Display a summary of the most recent activity on the Discussion tab of any page on your wiki. By default, this will be the 10 most recent posts on the current page, but those settings are easy to modify.
  • Page History: Display a list of the most recent edits to any page on your wiki. By default, this will be the 10 most recent edits on the current page, but those settings are easy to modify.
  • List of Links to a Page: Display a list of all the other pages in the wiki that link to any page in your wiki. By default, this will be the first 10 backlinks for the current page, but those settings are easy to modify.
  • Tag Cloud: Display a visual representation of all the tags in your wiki. The more a tag has been used, the more emphasis it gets in the cloud — so tags that you use a lot will be bigger and bolder than less-used tags.
  • Top Contributors: Display a list of the users who make the most edits to your wiki, along with their user icons.
  • Insert Special Character: Add symbols, accented letters, etc.
  • Insert Code: Add code to your page that will be displayed as code and inside a code box.

You can also easily embed your favorite media and other popular widgets:
  • Video (YouTube, TeacherTube, Google Video, Yahoo! Video,, etc.)
  • Audio (Odeo, etc.)
  • Calendars (Google Calendar, AirSet, etc.)
  • Spreadsheets (Num Sum, EditGrid, Google Docs & Spreadsheets, etc.)
  • Documents (Scribd, Bitty, etc.)
  • Surveys (Survey Gizmo, etc.)
  • RSS Feeds
  • Chat and IM (Gabbly, Skype, YackPack, meeb, etc.)
  • Slideshow (slide, flickr, etc.)
  • Maps (Google Maps, etc.)
  • Bookmarks (Delicious, etc.)

You can embed any code or media, even if it isn't listed above, by using the Other HTML option or the Other option under any of the media categories.


This button, naturally, will let you insert a table.

Once the table is in place, you'll have the following options for modifying it:
  • This Cell
    • Alignment
    • Merge
    • Make Header
  • Row
    • Alignment
    • Add Row
    • Remove Row
    • Make Header
  • Column
    • Alignment
    • Add Column
    • Remove Column
    • Make Header
  • Table
    • Alignment
    • Remove Table



Preview button

This will let you see what your page is going to look like before you save it. Once you're in the preview, you will have the options to continue editing or save.

Cancel button

The cancel button abandons the current editing session without saving, and discards the changes you have just made.

Save button

The Save button updates the wiki page with the changes made in the current editing session.

Toggle arrow

The arrow next to the Save button will let you add a comment when you save, or toggle between the Visual Editor and the Wikitext editor.
  • The Visual Editor is a word-processor–like interface that lets you see what your wiki page will look like as you edit it; this is where you would be using the tools in the editor toolbar.
  • Wikitext is a markup language that you can use to edit a wiki page, instead of using the visual editor.