Uploading Images

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 custom design your content. The methods to uploading an image and a document are quite similar, but a few of the editing possibilities are different.

Images ¶ 

Adding images to a wiki or a guide can make all the difference when someone reads it. A page with images will be more interesting to read than one that contains only text. Images are also invaluable in illustrating how to perform a specific action in a difficult guide. Use images to make a plain page more interesting, or a confusing page clearer.

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, you can click on a blue square (the last link) under "Additional Information".

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A Media Manager pop-up will appear. Click on "Upload Media" and choose a file from your computer to upload.

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Once you have located and opened the image uploader's shelf, you can click on the "Choose Files" icon or drag and drop images directly from your computer into the uploader.

Upload a New Image ¶ 

  • Once a file has finished uploading, a thumbnail of the image will appear in your Media Manager.
  • Click on the thumbnail of the image you want and it will automatically put it into the page.
    • However, if the image uploads but it is not in the correct aspect ratio, a orange bar will appear at the top of the Media Manager. The bar will tell you what aspect ratio you're required to edit the image to.
    • For example, in the picture below, the thumbnail highlighted in blue is the image that needs to go into the page. Usually that image would automatically go into the page, but in this case it is too small. An orange bar has appeared at the top and says, "The image doesn't meet the minimum resolution of 592 by 444." This means that the image has been uploaded, but you must edit the size of that image before attaching it to a page. Find more information about editing and cropping on the image editing page.
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  • You can upload multiple images at one time and they will appear on your image shelf in the order in which they finish uploading.
  • Note: Depending on where you are uploading images, there is a minimum file size. 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 Media Manager ¶ 

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 "gear" symbol in the upper-left corner of an image's thumbnail in your Media Manager.

Attach an Image to a Page ¶ 

Naturally, if you upload an image to your Media Manager, 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:

Guides ¶ 

Click the "Edit" tab located at the upper right hand side of the page. Then, next to the thumbnails of existing images, click on "+ add step". An uploader will appear and you can 1) drag and drop images into the large gray square with a gray camera icon in it; or you can 2) click on the large gray square and your Media Manager will pop-up.

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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.

Wikis ¶ 

An advantage of wikis is your ability to place an image just about anywhere. In the editing text box, click your cursor in the area that you would like your image to go. Then click, drag, and drop the image into the text box from the Media Manager.

When the image is attached to the page, you see a bit of code that looks like this:

[image|123381|size=standard]

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 Media Manager, you can click on the "Delete All" button at the bottom right to clear all of them.

Documents ¶ 

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 only allow you to upload an image, other pages, such as the Guide Details page of a step-by-step guide, enables you to upload an image and a document. Documents can be very useful to guides and category pages. They provide further information or additional resources to a reader.

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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 gear symbol in the top left corner of the document thumbnail, you will have the option to delete it.

  • For example, in the picture below, the uploaded document is called "Lama.pdf" and is highlighted in orange. After clicking on the "gear" symbol, a pop-up that says "Delete" with a trash can icon appears. Clicking the "Delete" button it will remove the document from your shelf.
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Attaching a Document to a Page ¶ 

Once a document is in your Media Manager, click on it and it will automatically appear on your page.

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