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A how-to or a how to is an informal, often short, description of how to accomplish some specific task. A how-to is usually meant to help non-experts, may leave out details that are only important to experts, and may also be greatly simplified from an overall discussion of the topic. See procedural knowledge for a discussion of what sort of knowledge is imparted, and how far it can be imparted, in how-tos.



The correct way to write it in English is "how-to", but it is common practice to write it as "howto" in the Linux community.[1] A possible reason is that this makes it easier to find a how-to in search engines like Google as searching with the words "to" and "how" does not necessarily deliver in relevant search results.[2]

How-tos on the Internet

How-tos have a long history as a way of sharing knowledge on the Internet, but are less successful than FAQs, manuals, recipes and guides[3]How-tos are very successful within Linux communities.[4]

In the beginning, most how-tos on the Internet were the result of a complex process in which an author wrote a how-to that readers would read. After 2001, user added content played a more and more important role on the internet in a trend that is widely referred to as Web 2.0. This had a profound impact on the way in which how-tos are spread on the internet. A number of websites choose the wiki model as a way of sharing knowledge on how-tos.

The acronym "101" is often used on how-to's and introductory tutorials.

See also



Wikibooks has a How-tos bookshelf and also books on these subjects:

  1. ^ List of Linux HowTos,
  2. ^ As of 2009 A Google search for "How To" results in a comprehensive list of HowTo sites. It seems this has changed throughout the years. In the 1990's and early years of 2000, it was common for search engines to ignore these words, and even to notify the user that these words are too common for giving a comprehensive result. Currently, the Google features web page says: Google ignores common words and characters such as where, the, how, and other digits and letters that slow down your search without improving the results. If a common word is essential to getting the results you want, you can make sure we pay attention to it by putting a "+" sign in front of it."
  3. ^ A search on Google for "howto faq" or for "faq howto" results in FAQs with HowTo instructions in them, but never to a single HowTo page. This is probably due to the fact that FAQ pages are usually broader in scope, and therefore more commonly used.
  4. ^ Another Linux HowTo compilation,

External links

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010
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  • How to create a user account - making a name for yourself
  • How to edit a page
  • Wiki markup
  • How to start a new page
  • How to rename a page
  • How to revert a page
  • How to handle unwanted edits
  • How to redirect a page
  • How to make a disambiguation page
  • How to delete a page
  • How to upload files
  • How to add an image
  • How to create a map, using OpenStreetMap data
  • How to draw a map, from scratch
  • How to describe yourself on your user page
  • Using talk pages
  • How to become a destination docent
  • How to add travel news

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