Instructables are the reason this site exists.

There are many ways of presenting your work here, and everybody finds their own style, but there are things that good instructables have in common, and that is the purpose of this Instructable.

Pay attention, there may be a test.

Step 1: Subject Matter

The first question from every new Instructabler is "what should I write about?"

The simple answer is... anything. If you have enough passion to create a project, then you have the passion to share it. You should preferably publish something original, but with tens of thousands of projects already published here, it's possible that somebody else has already had a go at your idea, even if you thought of it by yourself.

Don't let that put you off. It's quite likely that many people will prefer your style of writing, or find your instructions easier to follow.

You should use an Instructable to...
  • Show us what you have made.
  • Show us how you made something.
  • Show us how to do something (demonstrate a skill, rather than produce an object).
You should not use an Instructable to...
  • Show us somebody else's work (if you've found something cool online, start a forum topic).
  • Try and sell us something without telling how to make our own.
  • Post something inappropriate.  "Inappropriate" is a hazy thing to define, but please remember that this site is used in schools. Generally, if you wouldn't show your teacher, don't publish it here.

Nice! I have a question. How do you 'collaborate' on an instructable?
When you start an instructable (or edit an existing one), there is a tab called &quot;More&quot; - hover over it, and select &quot;Collaborate&quot;.<br><br>You can then add the names of the members with whom you wish to collaborate. They will then be able to edit the text and add pictures, just as you can, but only you will be able to hit the &quot;publish&quot; tab.
<p>How to edit an published Instructables?</p>
<p>Simple - hit the &quot;Edit&quot; button at the right-hand side of the page. If you change the Introduction image, don't forget to hit &quot;Publish&quot; to make the changes stick.</p>
Thank you so much for your effort!
<p>You're welcome!</p>
<p>Como puedo hacer mi instructable mas destacado</p>
<p>Yo sugerir&iacute;a que tratar de mejorar las fotograf&iacute;as, especialmente en su introducci&oacute;n (ver paso 4), para que m&aacute;s personas se ven.<br><br> Tambi&eacute;n puede anunciar sus proyectos en otros sitios. Trate de compartir en las redes sociales como Twitter, Instagram o Facebook.<br><br> Si usted puede, usted puede ser que intente incluyendo traducciones de ingl&eacute;s en cada paso (como &eacute;ste), ya que la mayor&iacute;a de los miembros (como yo) no leen espa&ntilde;ol, y tienen que depender de Google Translate.</p><p>--------------------------------</p><p>I would suggest you try and improve the photographs, especially on your introduction (see step 4), to make more people look.<br><br>You can also advertise your projects on other sites. Try sharing on social sites such as Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.<br><br>If you can, you might try including English translations in each step (like this), since most members (like me) do not read Spanish, and have to rely on Google Translate.</p><br>
<p>Thank you Kiteman! Your Ible' has helped me get my instructable featured! Thanks again!</p><p>-Trail</p>
<p>You're very welcome!</p>
<p>Your Ible' helped me get mine featured! :D :). Thank you so much!</p><p>-Trail</p>
<p><em>Thanks for a useful 'ible. I know this has been around a while and has helped many people, just as it will now help me as I have decided to stop 'lurking' and start working. Surprised that I could not find an official guide...surely there is one?</em></p>
<p>This is (semi) official - HQ know I wrote it, and it was Featured by staff.</p>
<p>Say I read a good how-to in a book. Am I allowed to make that as an Instructable? Should I credit the source?</p>
<p>Rewrite the instructions in your own words, use your own photos, and mention the book, you'll be fine.</p>
<p>Very cool!</p>
<p>Thank you!</p>
Son is off to school. Time to create an instructable. So much to do in so little time. Lol...any way to slowdown time? Lol :)
very useful.i think it will help me improve my instructables
Cool. <br>
Great intstructable. Btw, I am your neighbor
Awesome! Thanks for sharing, Kiteman!
You're welcome, although I don't think *you* really need it.
Thanks! :-)
Kiteman, this guide is very useful. <br> <br>I have a [request | prayer | entreaty | petition | cry | wish | instance] to make for step 9: when creating a video instructable, PLEASE ADD SOME CAPTION for non anglophone readers. We are many millions, maybe billions, that can read English but don't understand it when hear. <br> <br>NOTE: I prepared an explanatory screenshot, but I can't upload images here. When I select the image, the editor does not aware.
That suggestion could be also at the beginning of the Create Video Instructable page: &quot;Consider to add English subtitles / captions to your video, for non anglophone readers around the world&quot; or so. <br> <br>
Oh, I see. <br> <br>(Edit coming up. )
(And done!)
Just a note on a simple and very common mistake in wording that I've noticed. <br> <br>People often say things like &quot;See picture below&quot; because when you are creating your instructable the pictures are added into a box below the text. Remember that when viewing a published instructable the picture is actually shown above the text. <br> <br>I know this doesn't seem that important, I just figure it's another way to make an instructable the best possible instructable it can be.
Very clever note. I agree with you.
I've contemplated writing up a &quot;how to write an instructable&quot; instructable myself! I'm glad to see someone much more eloquent than me has already done that! ...now to get everyone to read it before they post their crap. :) Nice work!
Thank you.
This is so great, I learned a lot from this. Thank you so much.
Thank you for this, but is it able to get an old programm from you which is very simple? ;-)
This is as easy as I could make it. <br> <br>The best way to start is to make your &quot;thing&quot;, and take photographs of everything you do. <br> <br>Upload those images to the site, start creating an instructable, and then describe what you are doing in the photos.
That's a cool coincidence...i'm the 2000th viewer :)
Where do I go to start an instructable?
At the top of every page, there is a tab marked &quot;Create&quot;. <br> <br>Click that, then choose the kind of Instructable you want to write. <br> <br>(Thank you for reminding me that this needs updating!)
Thank you. <br> <br>\_/ <br> ||
How do I go to the next step? I do not have any &quot;add step&quot; or &quot;next step&quot; button.
You have accidentally started a photo slide-show. <br /> <br />When you click the Create tab, you get three options turn up, Photos, Step-by-step and Video. It is the second option you need to use, which will look like the screenshot below. <br /> <br />Don't worry about the photos you have already uploaded to the slideshow, they are freely available to you in your library, and you just add them to your step-by-step.
Thank you very much, you have been really helpful!
You're welcome.
Thanks for this important Instructable... Should be required reading!;-)<br>A question: I've tried using Google Translate to translate Instructables, but can't figure out how to get Google Translate to view Instructables in the &quot;Allsteps Preview&quot; mode. Any suggestions?

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