Attaching Images and Documents ¶
The image uploader is the tool used to upload images and documents to any page that supports them. These include Categories, Guides, and Wikis. Anytime you want to upload an image or document, you will use the Image Uploader.
Images and documents help to spice up your content. The methods to uploading an image and a document are quite similar, but a few of the editing possibilities are different.
Adding images to a wiki or a guide can make all the difference when someone goes to read it. A page with images will be more interesting to read than one that contains only text. They are also invaluable in illustrating how to perform a specific action in a difficult guide. Use images to make a boring page more interesting, or a confusing page more concrete.
In order to upload an image, you must be on a page that supports image uploading. To check if the page you are on supports image uploading, click on the "Edit" tab at the top right. If you can upload images, an "Images" tab will appear at the bottom of your screen.
Click on this tab and a shelf with all your currently uploaded images will appear. This will display every image that you have either uploaded or detached, but have not yet attached to a page or deleted (more information on these terms below).
Once you have located and opened the image uploader's shelf, you have a variety of options:
Upload a New Image ¶
- To upload a new image, click on the "Upload" icon.
- This will bring up the Image Uploader screen, which looks like this:
- Either drag and drop images to the uploader or choose to browse your folders to find them.
- Once a file has finished uploading, it will say "Complete" to the right.
- If the image uploads but is not in the correct aspect ratio, it will say "Crop Required." This means that the image has been uploaded but you must crop that image before attaching it to a page. Find more information about cropping on the image editing page.
- You can upload multiple images at one time and they will appear on your image shelf in the order in which they finish uploading.
- Click "Done" to accept these uploads.
- Note: Depending on where you are uploading images, there is a minimum file size. Wikis, for example, require that images be at least 300 x 150 pixels. Guides images need to be at least 800 x 600 pixels. Profile pictures, on the other hand, only need to 97 x 97 pixels. The maximum allowed file size for any single image is 10 MB. Information on image size requirements is always displayed in the Image Uploader, so you'll never have to guess.
Edit an Image in your Shelf ¶
Once you upload images, you are given the opportunity to edit them before you attach them to a page. To see the different editing options, click the wrench symbol in the upper-left corner of an image in your image shelf.
- For more information, check out Image Editing.
Attach an Image to a Page ¶
Naturally, if you upload an image to your shelf, you will want to attach it to a guide or wiki article. Attaching images to a guide and a wiki is a little different. We walk you through both below:
Click the "Images" tab located at the right hand side of the page. You'll see three gray boxes marked "Drag images from below." Click, drag, and drop an image from the image shelf into a gray box (which fluoresces green when it senses an image), as in the example below:
Rinse and repeat. Each guide step can hold up to three images. Drag the thumbnails around in the bar to adjust the order that you want them to show up when viewing the page. Whichever image is the furthest left will be the main picture. After making all desired changes, be sure to click "Save" before leaving the page.
Click the "Images" tab located at the right hand side of the page to open your images shelf. The nice thing about wikis is you can place an image just about anywhere. In the editing text box, click your text cursor in the area you would like your image to go. Then click, drag, and drop the image into the text box, as shown below:
When the image is attached to the page, you see a bit of code that looks like this:
That means you've successfully attached the image. If the image isn't where you want it, just cut and paste the code into the correct part of the text box. Be sure to click "Save" before leaving the page.
For information on how to attach and modify an image to a wiki article, check out the Images section of Advanced Wiki Formatting Help.
Delete All Images in your Shelf ¶
If you are finished working with the images in your shelf, you can use the "Delete All Images" button below the Upload icon to clear all of them from your shelf.
Edit/Detach an Image Attached to a Page ¶
Once an image is attached to a page, it can be edited in the same way as if it was in your shelf. Clicking the wrench symbol of an image in a thumbnail bar will give you the option to add markers, delete the image, or view the image as fullsize, just as in the shelf. However, there is also the option to "Detach" an image from a page. Clicking this button will remove the image from the thumbnail bar (and the page) and place it into your shelf.
Attaching documents to a step-by-step guide or wiki page is a great way to supplement those guides or wiki pages with additional relevant information. Unlike images, users must open the document in a new tab or window for viewing.
While some pages contain only an Image Uploader, other pages, such as the Guide Details page of a step-by-step guide, contain both an Image Uploader and a Document Uploader. Documents can be very useful to guides and category pages. They provide further information or additional resources to a reader.
Just as with the Image Uploader, clicking on the Documents tab brings up a panel of your currently uploaded documents and the option to upload more.
Uploading a Document ¶
To upload a document, do the exact same thing you would if you were uploading an image (explained above).
- All documents must be saved as .pdf files.
Editing a Document ¶
Unlike images, there is not much editing you can do to a document once you upload it. Clicking the wrench symbol in the top left corner of the document thumbnail, you will get this menu:
Your only options with an uploaded document are to delete it from your document panel or view it as a fullsize document. Clicking the "Delete" button it will remove the document from your shelf. Clicking the "Fullsize" button takes you to a view of the entire pdf file in a separate tab or window.
Attaching a Document to a Page ¶
Once a document is in your document shelf, drag it from the panel to the area of the page that reads "Drag documents here from below".