A navigational template is often a small list for use in several related articles, without the usual disadvantages of duplication; in particular, editing is done in a central place, the template page. See also "Related topics" (navigational lists).

Examples: Articles linked by {{israelites}} and {{Seven Summits}} or groups of images by either {{1632 covers}} or the animated list {{US growth maps}} shown below and left.

To learn how to create navigational templates quickly, see Template:Navbox generic. To learn how to create more advanced ones or edit existing ones, see Help:Template. Request assistance at Requested templates.

Since their number is ever-increasing, this page attempts to keep track of them in a structured manner. When you create a new MediaWiki element of this kind, please add it to this page. Templates ought to be categorized as well: see Category:Navigational templates.

General navigation templates[]

  • Some editors deprecate large, colorful, list-based templates on small articles.
  • When the navigation is between the members of a category, using {{otherarticles}} will place the article in a category, and provide links to that category and to a general article or list.
  • For succession in office, including peerages, consider {{succession box}} unless the office in question clearly needs its own template. Variant templates for persons who have held several notable offices are discussed on its talk page.
  • For relating articles across different categories in a logical sequence, use {{step}}.
  • For examples of consistent formatting, see Wikipedia:Template:Navbox generic#Additional examples

Some general advice: Try to avoid navigation templates that are too large. For example (in Wikipedia), {{Wikipedia:EMD diesels}} lists all of the models of diesel locomotives built by one manufacturer, but this template is too large to be included on every locomotive article that is referenced in it. Instead, the individual sections of {{Wikipedia:EMD diesels}} were split out into their own templates such as {{Wikipedia:EMD GPs}} or {{Wikipedia:EMD SDs}}. The smaller templates retain a more tightly focused relationship between the articles and allow the reader to navigate to other related content quickly.

Section tagging templates: Like the ubiquitous {{Main}} and {{inuse}} are useful for article links best kept in an article section, and generally link to related main articles, up from subpages created to split an article into a set of more manageable and desirable length, or down to such sub-pages. They are also useful and prevalent in making cross links to articles covering an aspect the section covers in part to a more in depth article on that topic.

Special purpose children of 'see also' have been developed to link across daughter sub-categories in category pages ({{cat see also}}) to related categories in Wikimedia Commons ({{cat see also commons}}), and link either to parent categories or across the interwiki divide to other sister projects category pages at need ({{catlst}}).

Navigation templates for people in country subdivisions[]

See Category:Navigation templates for people in country subdivisions for a set of templates that are generally all that is needed on the editable part of a category page that has a name in a form such as "Born in Abc-shire, England" or "Resided in Abc-shire, England" or "Married in Abc-shire, England" or "Died in Abc-shire, England" — or any other country. Those designed for the United Kingdom have names ending in "uk" or "UK" but can probably apply or be easily adapted for any country in Europe. Corresponding templates are in use for the United States but can probably apply or be easily adapted for any country in North or South America. That is as far as we had gone by early October 2008, but any country and any category applicable to a county (such as "Businesses in", "Cemeteries in", "Census of", "Directories of", "Images of", "Maps of", "Probate records of", "Timelines of") can use or adapt the same idea. If they relate people to a county, all such templates should be in the above-mentioned template category; otherwise they should be in another appropriate category, such as Category:Navigation templates for records of country subdivisions.

Side boxes and headers[]



International organizations[]

Template Related article
Template:Andean Community of Nations Andean Community of Nations
Template:Arab League Arab League
Template:Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Association of Southeast Asian Nations
Template:Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Commonwealth of Independent States
Template:Commonwealth of Nations Commonwealth of Nations
Template:EFTA European Free Trade Association
Template:European Union (EU) members and candidates European Union
Template:Members of the European Union (EU)
Template:North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
Template:Nordic Council Nordic Council
Template:Organization of American States (OAS) Organization of American States
Template:Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)    Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Template:OPEC Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries
Template:SAFTA South Asia Free Trade Agreement
Template:World Trade Organization (WTO) World Trade Organization

History and timelines[]

  • Template:Industrial Revolution
  • Template:WWIIHistory
  • Template:WWIITheatre
  • Template:Easter Rising



School districts[]

  • Template:Grossmont Union High School District - Grossmont Union High School District (USA)


  • Template:California State University - California State University (USA)
    • Template:California State Polytechnic University, Pomona - Cal Poly Pomona (USA)
    • Template:San Diego State University - San Diego State University (USA)
  • Template:Drexel University - Drexel University (USA)
  • Template:Ivy League - The Ivy League (USA)
  • Template:Ohio Wesleyan University - Ohio Wesleyan University (USA)
  • Template:Oregon University System - Oregon University System (USA)
  • Template:Rutgers - Rutgers University (USA)
  • Template:University of Alaska System - University of Alaska System (USA)
  • Template:University of California - University of California (USA)
    • Template:University of California, Berkeley - University of California, Berkeley (USA)
    • Template:UC Davis - University of California, Davis (USA)
    • Template:UCLA - University of California, Los Angeles (USA)
    • Template:University of California, Riverside - University of California, Riverside (USA)
    • Template:University of California, San Diego - University of California, San Diego (USA)
    • Template:UCSB - University of California, Santa Barbara (USA)
    • Template:University of California, Santa Cruz - University of California, Santa Cruz (USA)
  • Template:UChicago - University of Chicago (USA)
  • Template:University of Cambridge - University of Cambridge (UK)
  • Template:University of Hawaii - University of Hawaiʻi (USA)
  • Template:University of London - University of London (UK)
  • Template:UNC System - University of North Carolina System (USA)
  • Template:University of Oxford - University of Oxford (UK)
  • Template:WUSTL - Washington University in St. Louis (USA)


  • Buildings and structures: Template:Bridges of Central London
  • Calendars: Template:Months
  • Coinage and currency: See Category:Currency navigational boxes
  • Computing:
    • Template:WebManTools - Website Management Tools
    • Template:Google Inc. - List of Google tools and services.
    • Template:Zilog - List of ZiLOG products;
    • Template:Acorn computers
    • Template:Motorola processors - List of Motorola/Freescale microprocessors
    • Template:AMD processors
    • Template:AdobeCS - List of Adobe Creative Suite programs
    • Template:Navigationbox Desktopsearch - List of Desktop-Search-Environments and similar technologies
  • Ethnic groups: Template:CEG - Chinese ethnic groups, Template:Castes and Tribes of the Punjab- Castes and Tribes of the Punjab region, Template:The seven Mohyal clans - Mohyal clans
  • Flags and heraldry: Template:Heraldry, Template:Nationalflags - Links articles like Gallery of national flags
  • Learned societies: Template:Swedish Royal Academies - Royal Swedish Academies
  • Template:Associations

See also[]

Navigation templates comparison
Collapsible Header color Image Groups Style (body)
{{Navbox}} collapsible navbox Left/right of body Yes Yes
  • {{Solar System}}
  • {{United States Congress}}
{{Navbox with collapsible groups}} collapsible navbox Left/right of body and/or in each list Yes Yes
{{Navbox with columns}} collapsible navbox Left/right of columns No Yes
{{Navbox years}} collapsible navbox No No No
  • {{Wimbledon tournaments}}
Collapsible attributes
Type CSS classes Javascript Collapses when Custom
initial state
Collapsible tables collapsible Defined in Common.js 2 or more autocollapse on page Yes Yes

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