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Clicking on the My preferences link in the upper right while logged in allows you to change your preferences. You will be presented with the User profile section, as well as a bar of tabs across the top for changing other types of settings.

User profile

User profile

  • Username: Your user name. Only bureaucrats can change your username, and the wiki must also have the Renameuser extension installed.
  • User ID: A number assigned to your account when you created it (for example, if your number is 42 you are the 42nd user to sign up at this particular wiki). This number is used for internal purposes.
  • Number of edits: How many edits you have made. Not all wikis will have this.
  • Real name: If provided, this will be used for attribution (rather than using your username). Providing your real name is entirely optional. Some wikis do not have this option.
  • E-mail: Your email address, if you have supplied one. You can also change or remove your address here.
  • Nickname: When you sign your name (using ~~~~), what you enter here will be used at the start instead of a simple link to your user page. By default, anything you enter here will be wrapped with [[ ]]; if you want to use special linking, enable Raw signatures (without automatic link).
  • Language: This controls what language the interface is displayed in. MediaWiki's default interface includes localisations for all supported languages, but this is not necessarily the case with extensions or custom skins. Page text will not be translated, nor will templates (unless the templates integrate text localisation).

Change password

To change your password, enter your old password in the first box and your new password in the last two. If you want this site to remember your login, check Remember my login on this computer. Note that this function requires you to have cookies enabled in your browser, and if your cookie is cleared or expires you will no longer be remembered.

E-mail

If you have supplied an email address, you will need to click the verify address button in order to use these functions. You will receive an email; simply open it and follow the link to enable the following functions.

  • E-mail me when a page I'm watching is changed
  • E-mail me when my user talk page is changed
  • E-mail me also for minor edits of pages
  • Enable e-mail from other users
  • Send me copies of emails I send to other users

Languages

From your preferences you can select what language you would like the interface to be in. Only the buttons like 'edit' and 'talk', in addition to a few pages in the sidebar, will be affected. The main text of the pages will not be changed by this for the vast majority of pages, although there are a few pages where it will, like some in the Wikimedia Meta Wiki.

Skin

Here you can choose the skin you want to use. You can preview the available skins before choosing them, by clicking on the (Preview) link next to each skin. Please refer to Help:Skins for more details.

Math

Here you can control how mathematical equations described using the <math> tag will be displayed. Mathematical formulae uploaded as images or written outside the math tag will not be affected by this setting. Note the math preferences will only be visible if Extension:Math is installed.

  • Always render PNG
  • Leave it as TeX (for text browsers)

Files

Here you can determine how images will be displayed. Images displayed by direct pasting of a URL (if the wiki has it enabled) will not be affected by this setting.

  • Limit images on image description pages to: This setting lets you choose how big image previews will be on the Image: pages. If you know what your current screen resolution is you may like to set this to one or two sizes smaller than your own screen. If you have a slow connection (such as dial-up) you may want to limit them to 320×240.
  • Thumbnail size: Define how big you want thumbnails to appear. This setting will not affect thumbnails with dimensions determined by an editor, nor can it increase images beyond their original dimensions.

Date and time

The following is normally rendered depending on preferences:

 [[2001-01-05]] (or [[2001]]-[[01-05]]) (with leading zeros)
 [[2001]] [[January 5]] ([[2001]] [[January 05]])
 [[January 5]], [[2001]] ([[January 05]], [[2001]])
 [[5 January]] [[2001]] ([[05 January]] [[2001]])
 [[January 5]] ([[January 05]])
 [[5 January]] ([[05 January]])

Editing

These are the settings to control editing pages, including the size of the edit box displayed, and whether to automatically watch pages that you have edited or created.

Recent changes

  • Days to show in recent changes: Here you can specify how far back the recent changes pages will go. Note that the list will stop prematurely if the number of edits is exceeded (see below).
  • Number of edits to show in recent changes: Here you can specify how many edits should be displayed.
  • Hide minor edits in recent changes: This enables you to hide edits marked as minor (see Help:Editing pages). Since some users will rapidly make a lot of tiny tweaks to update templates or fix spelling errors you may find enabling this to be useful. You can also turn this on temporarily from the recent changes page (see Help:Tracking changes).
  • Enhanced recent changes (JavaScript): Enhanced recent changes condenses edits into a per-page list. As indicated, this requires JavaScript to be enabled. See Help:Tracking changes for more information on this feature.

Watchlist

These are the settings to control the behaviour of the watchlist (See Help:Watchlist). Most of these options are also available on the watchlist display itself, but by setting them in your preferences, you control the default behaviour of the watchlist i.e., it will perform the same actions every time you visit the page.

Search

Default settings for searches including how many results to display and how much context to show for each result. Check the boxes next to the namespaces which you want to show up, the first time that you search for something. You can override this when doing an actual search, by checking or unchecking the boxes at the bottom of the search results screen.

Misc

This section includes those settings which do not fall under another category, such as page numbering and justification.

See also

Language: English
PreferenceHover

You can locate your preferences menu easily by clicking your avatar.

Logged-in Fandom users are able to set some personal preferences which tailor the way they read, write, and edit on Fandom to their particular style. These preferences are applicable across all Fandom communities, so the same preferences are applied on every community you visit. To access your preferences, move your mouse over your avatar at the top right of a page. When you click, a drop down menu will appear, and from here select "My preferences". This will navigate to the Special:Preferences page.

What are the different tabs for?

This help page will walk you through the current preference options Fandom users have and explaining the effects of changing these options, addressing these in order from tab-to-tab.

Tabs are organized to clump together related preferences so that it is easier to find the relevant field to change. By default, there are five tabs on the Special:Preferences page.

Special preferences

Special:Preferences, showing the first tab.

Note that none of the changes you make to your preferences will be stored unless you press the "Save" button. You can also reset your preferences to the default settings you had when you registered for Fandom. This can not be undone, so choose wisely if you wish to reset.

My info

Basic information
  • My username: Simply prints your username. You cannot change your username through the preferences screen. If you wish to change your username, please see this page on username changes.
  • My user groups: Lists the user groups you belong to on the current community.
  • My gender: Not a required preference. By default, users are unspecified, though one can choose male or female.
    • The purpose of this preference is for international languages in which proper nouns need a gender form.
    • Your gender on your user profile is not set by this preference.
  • My password: Clicking in the link in this field takes you to Special:ChangePassword.
Signature
  • Existing Signature: Renders your signature on this community, including all wikitext.
  • Custom Signature: Where your signature can be changed.
    • Wikitext you use will be converted when the signature is used unless you uncheck the "I want to use wikitext in my signature" box.
Appearance
  • Language: A dropdown menu where you can choose the language you wish to view the community in.
    • Note: This applies to the interface on all communities, so while the content of a DE community still will be in German, if you have "EN - english" as your user language, you will see most of the messages and tools on the community in the English language.
  • Date: Allows for users to change how they wish to see timestamps.
  • Time zone: Allows for users to override the server time (which is in UTC) with the time zone of their own choice. Users can either select their geographical region to determine time zone from a dropdown list or can enter the offset manually using the next input box.
    • This will not affect the timestamp in user signatures.
  • Landing Page: Users can either choose between going to the Main Page of a community, to WikiActivity, Recent Changes, or Community Feeds when going directly to the community's URL from the address bar. Clicking on the wiki's wordmark will also take you to the landing page of your choice.
  • Ads: Registered users on Fandom can hide most of the ads that our anonymous users see, which can be considered a perk of membership. Some admins prefer to see all the ads on a community so they can understand the user experience for their anonymous readers.

Email

The email tab allows users to change their email address on record with Fandom and then control the type and volume of emails they receive from Fandom.

Address
  • My email address: The field in which you see what current address you have on file. If you type in a new email address and save the page, you will be prompted to confirm your new email address.
  • Email Confirmation: If you need to confirm your email address, you will see text informing you that your email is not confirmed and then offer a link to resend your confirmation email if it has been misplaced. If you are already email confirmed, you will be told you are confirmed and given a timestamp of when it was done.
Followed pages
To learn what followed pages are, please consult this help page on followed pages.
These preferences will determine if your account will automatically watch the page when you make one of four major changes to a page:
  • When you edit a page.
  • When you create a page.
  • When you move a page.
  • When you delete a page.
Email me when...
Now that you have managed your subscriptions to a page through the followed page feature, you can also choose how much communication you receive about those pages. These are fairly self-explanatory. Some quick notes:
  • "Minorly changed" - means a user making a change to the page has checked the "minor edit" box.
  • For communities with Message Walls or Forums enabled, you will see another section entitled "Message Wall and Forum" and a dropdown field to choose how you should be mailed.
    • Communities with the old user talk page system rely upon the previous box of "my user talk page is changed" for those followed pages emails.
Advanced options
  • Mark all pages from my Weekly Digest as visited - This option is only available if you're an admin of the community you're currently on. If you do not visit pages outlined in a Weekly Digest, you may be presented with the same list on your next Weekly Digest.
Disable all emails
Email communication is a critical tool that allows you to stay attuned on what is happening on your favorite communities as well as on Fandom as a whole.
The Email tab provides plenty of options to suit the types and volume of emails you receive from Fandom. If you have concerns about email, we would suggest you review your general email preferences first.
That said, Fandom does respect your right to not be emailed from our network if you do not wish to be contacted by us. As such, if you check this box, you will not receive any emails from Fandom until the checkbox is unchecked.

Editing

Editing experience
  • Preferred editor - see Help:Editing.
  • Widen the Source mode edit box to fill the entire screen - collapses the modules normally displayed to the right of the editor such as the button to add a photo or gallery and also moves the edit summary to the top of the editing bar.
  • Mark all edits as "minor" by default.
  • Prompt me if I leave a blank edit summary.
  • Do not show syntax highlighting in Source mode.
  • Do not show link suggest in Source Mode - If you start typing an internal link ([[) followed by a few characters, a pop-up will appear that will let you autocomplete the page name you are trying to link to. Checking this box will disable that feature.
Advanced editing options
This option allows you to choose which font style you'll see when you edit.
Starting an edit
  • Show section edit links - Enables/disabled a clickable "edit" button for appearing next to any H2 or H3 headline.
  • Edit sections by right clicking on section titles - Again applies to H2 or H3 headlines.
  • Edit pages on double click - A JavaScript shortcut that allows you to simply double click on the body of a page to open the editing window.
  • Disable Category module - Only applies if visual mode editing is disabled.
  • Use a blank page as default for creating a new page.
  • Disable "Create a new article" flow - Not recommended.
  • Disable Category module - Only applies if visual mode editing is disabled.

Under the Hood

This tab combines a number of highly technical, specialized preferences. If you are new to wikis and editing, you may want to leave this tab alone until you understand how most of these tools perform normally.

Recent Changes, Histories, and Logs
  • Days to show in recent changes: - Default: 7 days.
  • Number of edits to show by default: - Default: 50 edits.
  • Use advanced recent changes - Must have JavaScript enabled.
  • Hide minor edits in recent changes - suppresses all edits on the feed marked with "m".
Followed pages feed
This section controls followed pages behavior.
Advanced display options
  • Hide page content below diffs - By default, when viewing a history diff, the newer of the two versions will have its full page text and rendering displayed as well.
  • Hide diff after performing a rollback - Removes an auto-redirect for users with the rollback right.
  • Enable personal JavaScript - In order to use personal JavaScript, this option must is enabled.
  • Enable Go-Search - If your search term matches an existing page, it'll take you straight there.
  • Search all namespaces by default.
  • Show hidden categories.
  • Hide my followed pages list from everybody - Makes your Special:Following list private.
  • Enable View source on threads.

Login via Facebook or Google

Fb connect preferences tab

The Connected Accounts preferences tab where you can link your Fandom with your Facebook or Google account

The social login options have their own tab on your preferences. It is a tool that can help log in you to Fandom with the click of a button.

If you have not yet connected your Fandom account to Facebook or Google, one of the ways you can do so is going to this tab in Preferences and follow the link to start the connection process.

This is also the tab where you can choose to disconnect your account from Facebook or Google.

Non-default tabs and sections

In addition to the default tabs & sections listed above, some extensions add extra preferences to your Preferences page. Please view the help pages linked to learn about these special preferences.

  • Gadgets - The Gadgets extension will add a completely new tab to your Special:Preferences page.
  • Patrolled editing - Adds a few options to your "Under the Hood" tab.

See also

Further help and feedback


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