This is a community edited Instructable that goes over the process of making an Instructable. It covers appropriate subjects; the mechanics of adding text, images, and files; and the level of quality expected in an Instructable.

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If you're new to the site, welcome! This guide will help you navigate through creating an Instructable.

Step 1: Subject Matter

The best instructables are written by people who are passionate about what they do and
want to share their knowledge. So, the best question to ask yourself about writing an Instructable is this: "Am I passionate, enthusiastic, and really excited about the project I am about to share."

Some good examples of Instructables written by passionate people:
3-D Scanner
Magnetic Acrylic Rubik's Cube
Dixie Cup Spherical Dodecahedron
Teddy Bear Remote Control
Dachshund wheelchair

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Instructables is rapidly evolving, growing, and becoming more and more exciting. Our vision for the project is captured in the about page, but I thought you might enjoy a more practical approach. So, here's a human readable terms of service (from here).

Please use Instructables to:

  • Document and show off how you built your projects.
Projects can be in any form -- half-finished (the documentation should be complete),
hot off your work bench, or fully debugged and ready to make a million units.
If there's instruction, if someone can learn from and improve upon your work, it's an Instructable.

  • Demonstrate how to do something.
This could include showing
how to change a car tire,
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how to sail a boat.

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Post useful comments and suggestions on other people's projects.
Work together with other users to improve on projects.
Post derivative projects that show your contribution or innovation to an existing Instructable.
We are working on tools to make this easier.

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  • Post comments that are mean-spirited or insulting.

Here's an updated write-up on <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Write-an-Instructable-1/">How to Write an Instructable</a>&nbsp;<sup><sub>(Oct,2011)</sub></sup>
<p>Sorry. I broke a rule. How do we edit instructables?</p>
<p>please i need someone to teach me more about elecronics and how to use its compunents</p>
<p>try a site called 'allaboutcircuits.com' they're really helpful, especially with those, like me, that know very little about electonics but want to learn.</p>
<p>Thanks for the tip. I don't know if I will ever be able to learn, but I want to try. =) </p>
<p>Happily, If this isn't too late</p>
<p>first you study a electron,free electron,shell orbital,velleany and then study the resistor and cpacitor ,condencer,diode ,transister,inductor and then RC circuit,RL circuit,CL circuit seres and praller and the ask me you deffinetly </p>
<p>Have you looked at specialty schools? Radio Shack has kits too</p><p>they usually help</p>
<p>hi,somebody help me this http://www.iphone5sus.com/ website items very cheap can purchase from online...</p>
Hi :)<br>I tried to upload my first instructable today multiple times from my Android device but it always says &quot;Error: Bad Request&quot;.<br>What am I doing wrong? O.o
<p>You should get money per view.</p>
Great instructable,i was getting a hard time on putting a link on my ibles! Hoping this are still applicable.
<p>This article is a great &quot;Instructable&quot; on how to write an Instructable! Its helping me feel confident writing my first one on creating custom, designer fabrics. Thanks so much and check mine out! (Title: &quot;Forged Fabrics&quot;) - Amy</p>
<p>Thank you so much for this neat Instructable.</p><p>Rima. </p>
I love it
Kinda sucks that we have to have pro to download a PDF
<p>If you make a great instructable and it gets featured, you'll earn a pro membership. Sometimes nice people in the instructables community may even gift it to you.</p>
<p>Thank you very much for information. I get a more information about instructable.</p>
<br> <br>Intro: IT IS ONLY A REQUEST . <br>Pranaam to all ....................... <br>I am research scholar and a small painter . I need a old computer to complete my research work . <br>Please give an information that how to get free old computer to me . <br>Thank you .............................. <br>Krishna kumar K.V.( kvkkumar8@yahoo.com
How do I insert small additional images in an image? I couldnt find instructions for this. Thanks!
thank you
cool i love it
some one shoud do a how to video on this
thank you. <br>
I use google chrome and nothing is bad lol
ok. i have a breadboard kit. would it be alright iif i show my creations on it, even if i followed the kits instructions?
Dear sir, <br> <br>I am Tony1Gunalan. I just joined instructables.. I find it amazing, a big site and learning to go from one place to another. Sometimes I wonder what will happen if I click certain buttons. Ok Ilke to meet all the other members and get help from them. Right now I am into laser drivers build with smd for i watt laser diode. Any one can willing to share the method to construct a smd laser driver. Share with me the circuit. I will be very gratefull.Passing learned knowledge down is the way to go. No one seems to want to share in laser pointer forum, not clear ,not step by step. <br> Well Thank to instructables. Write another day.
thanks for this i am new to making guides this will really help me
hello,to all friends,i can not speake english very well.i want to help me all of your.i want the project that include ARM&amp;avr whit maps and protel and proteuse picture and data sheet and pdf and clip project<br>
Hi! I'm new to the site! How do I make a &quot;Collaboration&quot; with someone and also How do I do a guide? Can anyone set up the weekly challenges?
This is easier and surely gives comfort to internet users. Thanks for sharing. Post like this offers great benefit. Thank you!<br>
I can't figure out how to do this part. I can't find how to do the &quot;Steps&quot;, I can't even find the button for it. HELP!
These instructions pertained to a previous iteration of this site, the method has changed slightly in the last few years.<br> <br> Look up to the top-right of this page, there should be a yellow button named &quot;<strong>submit</strong>&quot;. Clicking this button will bring up a new page with options on how you want to publish your project.<br> <br> Let me know if you have other publishing questions.<br>
The yellow button brings me to a completely new to start instructable. Apparently it is not possible to do steps from the screen that I got to when I just started an instructable,<br><br>Some instructions should greatly enhance making an instructable.<br><br>This ofcourse is no criticism on you mikeasaurus as you are just trying to help.<br>I am just frustrated by the fact that I started an instructable, just by following the menu's. I then got to work in a screen that doesn't allow me to 'add' any steps and clicking the &quot;Submit&quot; button, brought me to a completely empty new instructable that had no relation to the one I had saved.<br>Well cutting and pasting then in the new instructable I guess.<br><br>One obviously does need more than an advanced college degree for this
This Instructable was written a few years ago, the site and interface has changed some since then. Here's an <a href="http://www.sharperimage.com/si/view/product/Rechargeable-Heated-Insoles/200065?trail=">updated guide</a> to get you started, let me know if you have any questions. Good luck!
Your link appears to be to some kind of heated shoe liners. Sorry - what was it supposed to point to?
whoops, no! <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Write-an-Instructable-1/">Here </a>is where you want to go.
Surely a new version needs to be written then?
how do change the photo sizes???<br>
Do I have to make my instructable all over again (In step form) or is there some easy way to switch it over?
There's no way to switch between Instructable types and keep the content you've entered. However there are some easy ways to solve this:<br> <ul> <li> Copy the Instructable text into a Word document (or Notepad and keep all the html) then paste it back into a new Instructable in the format you want. <li> Open a new browser window with the desired Instructable type and copy and paste the content between the windows. </ul> This would be the easiest method to change the Instructable type. Good luck!<br>
How do you get to the part where u make steps
Sorry to say but this &quot;how to instructable&quot; is pretty bad.<br>How do I make 'steps'? <br>It is the basic of an instructable and I still do not get it
This Instructable was written a few years ago, the site and interface has changed some since then. Here's an <a href="http://www.sharperimage.com/si/view/product/Rechargeable-Heated-Insoles/200065?trail=">updated guide</a> to get you started, let me know if you have any questions. Good luck!

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