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Template:Italic title italicizes page titles. Article titles cannot contain wiki formatting, such as '', so article titles cannot be italicized in the normal way. This template has the following effects:

  • Titles with no parentheses () are fully italicised:
    • FooFoo
    • Talk:FooTalk:Foo
  • Titles which contain parentheses are italicised before the first opening parenthesis:
    • Foo (bar)Foo (bar)
    • Talk:Foo (bar)Talk:Foo (bar)
  • Italicization can be forced on parenthesized text with the |all=yes parameter.

This template should only be used in articles that meet the criteria for italic titles given in the Article titles policy.

Meta templates which use this template should place {{Auto italic title}} in their documentation.

Location on page

Add this template at the very top of the page, above everything else. There ought to be no blank line after {{Italic title}} because that will cause an extra blank line in the page's rendered appearance.


Basic usage

{{Italic title}}

All parameters

{{Italic title|noerror|string=text in title|all=yes}}


  • |1=: if this is set to |1=noerror, error messages are suppressed. See #Errors for more details.
  • |all=: if this is set to |all=yes, text in parentheses is italicized.
  • |string=: instead of italicizing the whole title, italicize only some specific text. For example, using |string=Ally McBeal on the page "List of Ally McBeal episodes" would result in "List of Ally McBeal episodes".

{{DISPLAYTITLE:Desired Title}} can be used instead in cases not covered by the parameters, e.g. two substrings with italics, or italics combined with lowercase first character.


Sometimes you may see red error messages like this at the top of the page:

Warning: Display title "<i>Article title (disambiguation)</i>" overrides earlier display title "<i>Article title</i> (disambiguation)".

This usually means that there is another instance of {{Italic title}} on the page, usually added by one of the infoboxes. Certain infoboxes, for example {{Infobox album}}, add {{Italic title}} by default. Check the template documentation for any infobox used on the page; it may have instructions about how to deal with italic titles. You may be able to adjust the italics from the infobox instead of using {{Italic title}} at the top of the article. Or if that doesn't work, you may be able to disable the infobox's italics code altogether.

If you are still having problems, try putting {{Italic title}} after the infobox. You can suppress the error message by using the code {{Italic title|noerror}}.

Technical details: this template uses the DISPLAYTITLE magic word to italicize the title. Error messages can be produced by any two templates which use this magic word, and are not limited to this template. If you are unsure why you are getting a particular error message, you can ask about it at Wikipedia:Village pump (technical).

Tracking categories

If the |string= parameter is used but that string is not found in the title, the page is added to Category:Pages using italic title with no matching string.


This is the TemplateData for this template used by TemplateWizard, VisualEditor and other tools. See a monthly parameter usage report for Template:Italic title in articles based on its TemplateData.

TemplateData for Italic title

<templatedata> { "description": "A template to italicize article titles", "params": { "1": { "label": "Error options", "description": "If set to \"noerror\", suppresses error messages. Using this is a last-ditch fix - see the template documentation for other options.", "type": "string" }, "all": { "label": "All", "description": "If set to \"yes\", italicization is forced on parenthesized text.", "type": "string", "required": false }, "string": { "label": "String", "description": "Specify a string in the title to italicize, rather than italicizing the entire title.", "type": "string", "required": false } } } </templatedata>

See also

Title changing or correcting templates + magic word
Wiki markup
Transclusion from template:
Involves Correct name Actual article name
{{Italic title}} Title in italics To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill a Mockingbird
{{Italic title|all=yes}} Complete title in italics, including parentheses Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)
{{Italic title|string=Ally McBeal}} Phrase of |string= in italics List of Ally McBeal episodes List of Ally McBeal episodes
{{Italic title|all=yes|string=Fringe}} Phrase of |string= in italics; also looks in parentheses Peter (Fringe episode) Peter (Fringe episode)
{{Italic disambiguation}} Disambiguation in italics The End (Lost) The End (Lost)
{{Lowercase title}} Lowercase first character eBay EBay
{{Lowercase title|italic=yes}} Lowercase first character and place title in italics, not including disambiguation iCarly (soundtrack) ICarly (soundtrack)
{{Lowercase title|italic=yes|force=yes}} Lowercase first character and place title in italics, including disambiguation
{{Lowercase title|dab=yes}} Lowercase first character and place disambiguation in italics iSpy (Modern Family) ISpy (Modern Family)
{{Correct title|reason=bracket}} < > [ ] { } Benzo[a]pyrene Benzo(a)pyrene
{{Correct title|reason=#}} # Pilot #5 Pilot No. 5
{{Correct title|reason=:}} : DK: King of Swing DK King of Swing
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