Each uploaded file has an associated image page, found in the Image namespace. This page describes how the image page can be used. To see all image pages you can visit special:Allpages and select "image" from the dropdown menu.
The image page shows the image itself and information about the image. Files other than images can be uploaded, in which case the image won't be shown, but information about the file will be included.
The description page may include all of the following sections:
- in the case of an image: the image itself is shown
- a description of the image (or file) that is editable by clicking on the "edit" tab.
- "File history": a section that shows the history of the file itself. It includes all prior versions of the file (which can be reverted to by selecting the "(rev)" link). This section also has links to upload a new version or edit the current file using another program. Note that this section is different than the page history that is available by clicking the "history" tab. The page history only shows edits that were made to the description of the image.
- "Links": a list of pages that embed or link to the image, but not pages that link to the image page only. (See Help:Images_and_other_uploaded_files#Linking]] for details.)
- "Metadata": this section is only available when the image includes additional information with it, as provided by the camera or scanner. For example, it may list the camera model and settings.
Linking to an image page
See Help:Images_and_other_uploaded_files#Linking for a complete description of linking to images.
To make a link to the image description page without including the actual image, use a link like [[:Image:image_name.jpg]]. The leading colon prevents the image from being included in the article, and instead makes an ordinary page link.
Description of the image
The description part of the page is found directly under the image. It is the only editable part of the page and can be edited in the typical way (by clicking on the "edit" tab). It is initially filled in with the content provided in the "summary" box when uploading the file.
On some pages the description is all that is shown of the image, so it is helpful to include a short description of the image (or file). For example, "Image of a goldfish in a small tank. 100 x 100 pixels".
Like all pages, image pages can be added to categories (see Help:Category). To categorize an image page, just add the appropriate category tag into the description. This can be done for new images by including the category tag in the upload summary. For existing pages, just edit the page (as you normally would) and insert the category tag somewhere in the edit box.
Images can be in the same category as other pages, but are treated separately: on the category page they are not included in the count of articles in the category, and they are displayed in a separate section, with a thumbnail and the name for each, see category page.
Links to nonexisting image pages are shown in red and when followed take you to the edit page (e.g., Image:Missing_image.jpg). If you add a description of an image in the edit box and save the page, it will show the full image page and include a link to upload the image that you have just described.
Only the description of the edit page can be edited. The preview will only show the description of the page (i.e., it will not include the image itself or the other information provided automatically).
It is not possible to edit the image itself by using the "edit" page. Instead, use the links on the "File History" section of the image page itself.
Protection of an image page will automatically protect the image itself from being replaced. If a page is protected, only those with rights to edit the protected page (e.g., an administrator) can replace it.