Before attempting to delete any articles, categories, etc., read Wikipedia:Deletion policy, and the specific instructions for the type of page you want to delete.

Deletion tools

What to type What it makes Notes
See AfD in 3 steps for instructions on how to delete an article.
This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedia's deletion policy.Please share your thoughts on the matter at this article's entry on the Articles for deletion page.Feel free to edit the article, However, this article must not be blanked, and this notice must not be removed, until the discussion is closed. For more information, particularly on merging or moving the article during the discussion, read the Guide to deletion.%5B%5BWikipedia%3AArticles+for+deletion%2FTemplate+index%2FDeletion%5D%5DAFD Steps to list an article for deletion: ((subst:afd)) Preloaded debate OR ((subst:afd2|pg=Template index/Deletion|cat=|text=)) ~~~~ (categories) ((subst:afd3|pg=Template index/Deletion)) (add to top of list) Please consider notifying the author(s) by placing ((subst:adw|Template index/Deletion)) ~~~~ on their talk page(s). Unregistered users placing this tag on an article cannot complete the deletion nomination and should leave detailed reasons for deletion on Wikipedia talk:Template index/Deletion. If the nomination is not completed and no message is left on the talkpage, this tag may be removed.
Read the instructions.
See the instructions for deleting a category. Read the instructions.
See the instructions for deleting a file. This template should only be used on file pages. Read the instructions.
See the instructions for deleting a miscellaneous page. Read the instructions.
See the instructions for deleting a redirect. Read the instructions.
((subst:afD-notice|articlename))

Nomination of Articlename for deletion

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Articlename is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Articlename until a consensus is reached, and anyone, including you, is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion notice from the top of the article until the discussion has finished.

Add this message to the talk page of the editor who created this article to alert him/her to an AfD discussion you have begun. Should be used with subst.
((catfd)) Experimental, see talk page.
((old XfD multi)) Read the instructions.
((old CfD)) Read the instructions.
((olddelrev)) Read the instructions.
((old prod full)) Read the instructions.
((subst:proposed deletion notify|articlename))
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The article [[(({1))}]] has been proposed for deletion. The proposed-deletion notice added to the article should explain why.

While all contributions to Wikipedia are appreciated, content or articles may be deleted for any of several reasons.

You may prevent the proposed deletion by removing the ((dated prod)) notice, but please explain why in your edit summary or on [[Talk:(({1))}|the article's talk page]].

Please consider improving the article to address the issues raised. Removing ((dated prod)) will stop the proposed deletion process, but other deletion processes exist. The speedy deletion process can result in deletion without discussion, and articles for deletion allows discussion to reach consensus for deletion.

Add this message to the talk page of the editor who first created this article to notify him/her that you have nominated the article for deletion. Should be used with subst.
((sfd-r)) stub redirect page; replace the redirect with a transclusion of the redirect target.
((sfd-t)) Stub template page.
((subst:tfd)) Read the docs.

Discussion pages

What to type What it makes Notes
((not a ballot)) For use when deletion discussions attract the attention of new or potentially canvassed users who may be unfamiliar with the purpose and procedures for deletion.
((subst:relist))

Relisted to generate a more thorough discussion so consensus may be reached.
Please add new comments below this notice. Thanks,

For use when a discussion is relisted under a later date to allow more time for a consensus to form. Use ((subst:relist|~~~~))

Speedy deletion

Main page: Wikipedia:Template index/Speedy deletion

Other deletion-related templates

What to type What it makes (place it atop articles) Notes
((histmerge|New title)) Request an admin to do a history merge
((salt)) Placed when there is a consensus that an article should not be recreated without prior discussion.

Deletion navboxes