Instructables for Dummies




Introduction: Instructables for Dummies

About: Hi, I am Dr. Cool but you can call me Alex. I have been on Instructables for a very long time (ignore the date it say this account was made) So I know quite a lot about this site! I like showing people how...

And Welcome to!

This is the best Instructable for the beginner, this will cover everything you need to know to become an Instructables Pro.

And that includes:

-Creating Accounts
-Modify Your Settings
-Making an Instructable
-Making A Forum Topic

Step 1: Creating an Account

Creating an Account is simple, and it is completely FREE! Plus there are many cool features that you can access.

Step 1: In the top right corner of this page click "Sign Up Now" (Pic. 1)

Step 2: Fill out the Information (Pic. 2)

Step 2: Modify Your Settings

Here are the steps to modify your settings:

1.) Click on your name at the top right corner (Pic. 1)

2.) At the left there is a small box, click "Modify Settings" (Pic. 2)

3.) They give you a list of things you can modify, for now click the first one "Update Persona" The other ones you should figure out on your own (Pic. 3)

Step 3: Creating an Instructable

This already been done so here are the links:




Contests are fun, you can add your instructable into them to win cool prizes! But the instructable has to do with the contest, if it is a Pie contest then your instructable has to show how to make a pie.

Step 4: Making a Forum Post

Making a post on the instructables forums is pretty easy!

Step 1: At the top click submit, and then click forum topic.

Step 2: Fill out the boxes. And post!

Like I said this is really easy so no need for pictures.

You usually make a post to ask a question or show something you think instructablers would be interested in. But try not to spam.

Step 5: Commenting

Commenting is great, and I always love to get a comment on my instructables. So heres how!

Step 1: At the bottom of the page click "Add Comment"

Step 2: Write what ever you want and click "Post Comment" they also have a spell check.

Some times people PM you (Private Message) all you have to do is click the "inbox" located right next to your icon at the top right corner of the page, to PM someone else go to there page and near there icon click PM button.

Step 6: Rating

To Rate simply:

Step 1: Locate the Info box to the right of your Instructable. (Pic. 1)

Step 2: Rate!

Remember to Rate nicely, people work hard on their Instructables.

Step 7: Navigating

To view Instructables all you have to do is:

Step 1: At the top click "Explore"
Step 2: Click any button. (The List of what they do is on the picture)

You can also explore through the forums this way to!

Step 8: Uploading Pictures

When ever you make a forum post, slideshow, or a Instructable you will need to upload photos here are the steps!

Step 1: At the bottom of the page there is a "Choose File" button click it. (Pic. 1)

Step 2: Choose which ever file you want. You can upload more than one picture at a time. Then click "Upload" (Pic. 2)

Step 3: Make the yellow boxes click and drag a square on your picture.

Step 4: Pictures will say in your library, if you want to use the same picture twice then click "add" at the bottom of the picture, If you want to remove it click "remove".

To delete pictures from your library in the top right corner f every picture there is a red "X" click it.

Step 9: Misc. Features

Instructables has many other different features, and most of them are pretty easy to understand. If you think this instructable is missing something then please make a comment bellow.

This is a collaboration so please ask me to be a be a part of this instructable so we can keep adding to it to make it the best instructable for first timers.

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    11 years ago on Step 1

    great ible. the only thing is that if your not sighned up, you cant view extra pictures. just the first one. 2.5*


    11 years ago on Introduction

    can not parse options from: , {width:425, height:350}


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    can not parse options from: , {width:600, height:100}


    12 years ago on Introduction

    You might want to change step 1, if the person is not a member or logged in they wont see it. (or any other steps)

    Dr. Cool
    Dr. Cool

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Yes you can. You just have to click the other steps, I have done it when I was not logged in.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Administrator should link this in the home page!


    12 years ago on Introduction

    You might want to read your whole instructable again, I found a few mistakes (spelling and grammar) Otherwise, a pretty good instructable for the most brain-absent people! :D