Commons:How to create new subcategories

Note: See Commons:Categories#Creating a new category for more info. This is the short version.

How to create new subcategoriesEdit

If an image or media file needs to be put in a new subcategory, then you will have to create that subcategory. To create a new category:

  1. Enter the name of the category in the Search field, prefixed with "Category:", e.g., as Category:NEW CATEGORY NAME. Then click the search icon or press the Enter key.
  2. A Search page will be displayed, which should have produced no matching results, i.e., the message "There were no results matching the query" is displayed near the bottom of the page. (If there are matching pages, then the category name you have chosen already exists.)
  3. Click the link labeled "Create the page "Category:NEW CATEGORY NAME" on this wiki!".
  4. An editor page for the new category is displayed. Add the following text to specify the parent category for the new subcategory:
    [[Category:CATEGORY NAME]]
  5. You may also add other explanatory text about the subcategory, but this is usually not necessary.
  6. Save the page (i.e., click the Save button).

Alternate approachEdit

1. Put the new subcategory name at the bottom of a file while in edit mode:


2. Then click the "save page" button. There will now be a red link at the bottom of the file.

3. Click on the red link. This will open an edit window.

4. Add the category link:

[[Category:CATEGORY NAME]]

5. Save the page. You have created a new subcategory.

You can create as many subcategories, and levels of subcategories, as are needed to correctly categorize the image and media files.

Last modified on 27 March 2014, at 11:26