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How do I know I have made any changes or edits on Wikipedia?

asked 2017-07-24 15:52:19 -0600

How can I tell if I've made any changes to something on Wikipedia? Is there a way to check this?

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answered 2017-07-24 15:53:35 -0600

updated 2017-10-27 16:25:12 -0600

There are two ways to check if your edits have been saved.

  1. Check your personal edit history.
  2. Check the edit history of a particular article.

Checking your personal edit history

Click on the "contributions" tab on the right top portion of the page.

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This will bring up every edit you've made on every page you've edited, with most recent edits at the top.

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Checking the edit history on an article

If you're concerned with your edits on a specific entry, look at that page's history through the "View history" tab.

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This will show all edits made to that page, user names of the editors, and time stamps of when they were made. If the user left an edit summary (and you should do this with live articles) then you will be able to see this as well.

My edit isn't showing up in either of these places!

  • Were you signed in? If you weren't, any edits you made would show up under an IP address (which is hard for your instructor to track. Remember to always sign in!).
  • You may not have saved the page completely. This is pretty easy to do, even if you've been editing for years. Sometimes it's because the edit screen was left open for so long (typically many, many hours) or because you hit preview and didn't hit save.

Remember this old gaming mantra: "Save early and save often!" Not only does this make it less likely that you'll skip over the save button but it may also make it easier to spot any errors you make while editing.

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