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We would like to display numbers in the titles in our MediaWiki wiki.

Specifically: in the table of contents numbers are shown like this:

 1 Title
   1.1 Subtitle
 2 Another title

However, on the page the titles (that map to the table of contents) appear like this:

 Another title

That is, no numbers are shown.

How can we show numbers in the page contents?

There are three possible ways that this could be answered (that I can think of). In our order of preference, they are:

  1. Setting per user
  2. Setting per page
  3. Global setting (for all users)
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closed as off topic by Michael Hampton, mdpc, Ward, EightBitTony, dunxd Dec 20 '12 at 12:32

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Please edit your question to give it consistency. You bounce back and forth between title and page. Which is it? – John Gardeniers Mar 18 '11 at 11:45
@John - I don't know what you mean. The table of contents is first - which shows the title numbers. Then there are titles below (rest of the page) that don't show title numbers, just text. – Wikis Mar 18 '11 at 11:52
Ok, you're talking about title entries in the table of contents but when I read the question and its title it looks like you're talking about page titles, not the table of contents. – John Gardeniers Mar 18 '11 at 11:55
@John - OK, sorry for the confusion and thanks for the clarification. I will update the question. – Wikis Mar 18 '11 at 12:00

If you want to add it by default for all users add a line:

$wgDefaultUserOptions['numberheadings'] = 1;

to your LocalSettings.php. See here for reference.

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excellent, thanks! I can't accept this because it wasn't my first preference (that was setting per user) but I can upvote! If someone adds setting per page we'll have the set! =:-) – Wikis Mar 18 '11 at 13:37
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This is Murphy's Law. Despite Googling for the answer I could not find it until after I had posted the question.

The answer comes from: add numbers to section headings?

It is: user PREFERENCES -> MISC -> check Auto-numbering of heading.

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My Preferences --> Appearance --> Auto-number headings

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