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This template index page furnishes editors with a practical tool to quickly find the redirect category templates (Rcats) that are used most often. This index template organises the templates by function and, in some cases, provides examples of where and when to use them. For a complete alphabetical list of redirect category templates, see Wikipedia:Template messages/Redirect pages. The procedure to use for placing these Rcats on redirects will be found at WP:REDCAT.

Redirect category templates

Grammar, punctuation and spelling

Usage Template Example(s)
Abbreviations
Initialisms
  • For:
    • initialisms to their expanded forms
  • Not for:
    • acronyms
    • expanded forms to initialisms
    • initials of personal names
{{R from initialism}} UN → United Nations
Member states of the UN → Member states of the United Nations

ANZAC → Australian and New Zealand Army Corps ({{R from acronym}})
British Broadcasting Corporation → BBC ({{R from long name}})
J. S. Bach → Johann Sebastian Bach ({{R from short name}})
Capitalisation, punctuation and spelling
Alternative spellings
  • For:
    • correct spelling alternatives
    • numbers to words
    • words to numbers
  • Not for:
    • misspellings
    • spelling differences that result in different pronunciations
{{R from alternative spelling}} Humor → Humour
Colonization of Africa → Colonisation of Africa
Shed 7 → Shed Seven
One → 1 (number)

Alternate future → Alternative future ({{R from alternative name}})
Pronounciation → Pronunciation ({{R from misspelling}})
Travelling Wilburys → Traveling Wilburys ({{R from misspelling}})
Capitalisation
  • For:
    • capitalisation differences
    • page names with incorrect capitalisation
  • Not for:
    • CamelCase titles from the old versions of Wikipedia
{{R from other capitalisation}} Cody ChesnuTT → Cody Chesnutt
The beatles → The Beatles

TheBeatles → The Beatles ({{R from CamelCase}})
Misspellings
  • For:
    • incorrect differences in spelling
{{R from misspelling}} Pronounciation → Pronunciation
Travelling Wilburys → Traveling Wilburys
Modifications
  • For:
    • punctuation differences
    • re-arrangement of words
{{R from modification}}
Shortcut: {{R mod}}
North Korean-Russian → North Korean Russian
Russia – North Korea relations → Russia – North Korea relations
1962-63 Ashes series → 1962–63 Ashes series
Grammar
From plurals
  • For:
    • plural nouns or noun phrases to their singular forms
    • plural nouns or noun phrases when the singular form is also a redirect to the same target
  • Not for:
    • singular nouns or noun phrases to their plural forms
{{R from plural}} Dogs → Dog
To plurals
  • For:
    • singular nouns or noun phrases to their plural forms
    • singular nouns or noun phrases when the plural form is also a redirect to the same target
  • Not for:
    • plural nouns or noun phrases to their singular forms
{{R to plural}} Minimal medium → Minimal media

Alternative names

Usage Template Example(s)
Full names such as
Municipality, State
forms or
Village, City forms to briefer name form
{{R from name and country}}
Full names
persons, things, topics and such alternative forms of names redirected to briefer article page names
{{R from long name}}
Short names
persons, things, topics and such alternative forms of names redirected to full article page names
{{R from short name}}
Alternative names
general pseudonyms, nicknames, and synonyms that are not historic names or a full name as above
{{R from alternative name}}
Incorrect names
articles that were renamed (moved) to correct name that left a redirect behind
{{R from incorrect name}}
Other names with historic significance, where subsumed into a modern entity or region {{R from historic name}}
Scientific names
  • from formal name to commonplace article name (automatic Printworthy category)
  • commonplace name to more formal, specific article name

{{R from scientific name}}
{{R to scientific name}}
Other languages {{R from alternative language}}
Non-ASCII characters {{R from ASCII}}
Diacritical marks {{R from title with diacritics}}
{{R from title without diacritics}}
Unambiguous surnames {{R from surname}}

Miscellaneous

Usage Template Example(s)
Facilitate disambiguation {{R to disambiguation page}}
To redirect to decade article {{R to decade}}
To redirect from a shortcut {{R from shortcut}}
Old-style CamelCase links {{R from CamelCase}}
Links auto-generated from EXIF information {{R from EXIF}}
From school stub to merge location {{R from school}}
People who are members of a group, organisation, ensemble or team {{R from member}}
Sub-topics or closely related topics that should be explained within the text, which may possibly become a future article {{R with possibilities}}
List entry or section {{R to list entry}}
{{R to section}}
Related words {{R from related word}}
Related terms or topics {{R to related topic}}

Merges and moves

Usage Template Example(s)
Merges {{R from merge}}
Duplicated articles {{R from duplicated article}}
Page moves {{R from move}}

To namespaces

Usage Template Example(s)
Help namespace
  • For:
  • Not for:
    • a page in the help namespace to a page outside of the help namespace
{{R to help}} Help:Magic word → Help:Magic words
H:R → Help:Redirect
Wikipedia:Thumbnail → Help:Files
Main namespace
  • For:
  • Not for:
    • a page in the main namespace to any page
{{R to main}} Template:DSM IV TR → Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
Beatles → The Beatles
Portal namespace
  • For:
  • Not for:
    • a page in the portal namespace to a page outside of the portal namespace
{{R to portal}} Portal:Beatles → Portal:The Beatles
P:ENG → Portal:England
Wikipedia:0 → Portal:Contents
Talk namespaces
  • For:
    • any page to a page in a talk namespace
  • Not for:
    • a page in a talk namespace to a page outside of a talk namespace
{{R to talk}} Talk:Ax → Talk:Axe
Template namespace
  • For:
  • Not for:
    • a page in the template namespace to any page
{{R to template}} T:S → Template:Spotlight (T:S is in the main namespace.)
Template:R from → Template:R help
Wikipedia (project) namespace
  • For:
  • Not for:
    • a page in the Wikipedia namespace to a page outside of the Wikipedia namespace
{{R to project}} Wikipedia:MOS → Wikipedia:Manual of Style
MOS:ABBR → Wikipedia:Manual of Style (abbreviations)
Help:IPA → Wikipedia:IPA

Notes

  • {{This is a redirect}} can be used to group redirect category templates. This is useful with one exception: When you place an Rcat on a redirect that gives you the choice to change from one category to another, then you will not be able to use the {{This is a redirect}} template. The Rcat {{R from plural}} is a good example of this. {{R from plural}} is used to redirect from a plural title to a singular one. Most of these redirects are "unprintworthy", so {{R from plural}} automatically places those redirects in Category:Unprintworthy redirects. There are a few plurals that are "printworthy", so the Rcat is easily modified to cover these printworthy redirects by placing {{R from plural|printworthy}} on the same line after the target link. However, using the pipe symbol "|" makes this unusable in the {{This is a redirect}} template. For more information, click on the templates.
  • For Talk pages, there are only certain redirect category templates you should use. The only Rcats that apply to Talk pages are {{R to talk}}, {{R from shortcut}}, those associated with moves, merges and cross-namespace redirects. For more information, click on the templates.

See also

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