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This template adds __NOINDEX__, which may remove the page from some external search engines and automatically categorizes pages in Category:Noindexed pages. This is sometimes done administratively

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, but may also be done voluntarily by users to their own pages.

By default, the template displays no content.

  • {{NOINDEX}}


  • {{NOINDEX|visible=yes}}


  • |visible = yes – makes the template display a line of plain text to inform editors that the page is excluded from search engine indexing:
  • |text = – customise the display text; defaults to "This page has been removed from search engines' indexes."

Effects in different namespaces

This template has no effect in the main (article) namespace unless the article is less than 30 days old. This is to prevent abuse. All articles which include this template are assigned to Category:Noindexed articles regardless of their age (and whether they are actually noindexed or not).

This template has no effect in the User:, User Talk:, Draft:, or Draft Talk: namespaces, all of which are automatically noindexed via a software setting.


Note: to avoid unexpected results or unnecessary duplication, read Wikipedia:Controlling search engine indexing to make sure you are familiar with the different ways noindexing is done.

This template should not be used in articles. If an article is bad enough that search engines shouldn't index it, it should be nominated for deletion. __NOINDEX__ is disabled in article space and this template consequently has no effect there.

Note: major search engines should respect the NOINDEX tag, but it may take days or even weeks for content already indexed to be removed from them.


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This template adds __NOINDEX__ to a page, a search engine tag that prevents indexing

Template parameters


When set to 'yes', the template will display a message stating that the page is not indexed.


See also

Template:Basepage subpage