Similarly to this question, I'd like to tweak where the default ToC appears in my MediaWiki site. Currently it appears at the first header, but occasionally I have significant content in the first paragraphs, before any headers.

Is there any way to make the ToC top-aligned with the page, rather than with the first header?

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    According to a guideline of the English Wikipedia, the lead section should not be more than four paragraphs long. You might consider adopting similar guideline on your wiki. – svick Mar 3 '13 at 20:41
  • Agreed. But even two short paragraphs, or one paragraph and a small table or other special content, can bury the ToC further than I'd like. – user35512 Mar 4 '13 at 2:16

As written in one of the answers, ToC can be added anywhere to your page by using the following keyword:


If you want to add TOC to same place on every page, you can do so by styling it in your MediaWiki:Common.css wiki page (which gets added to CSS for all skins used, see an example of such page on Wikipedia). Something along the lines of this might work:

#toc { position: absolute; top: 2em; right: 0.5em; };
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  • That's something, but it requires making an adjustment on each page. Is there a way to make the ToC appear at the top of the page by default? – user35512 Mar 6 '13 at 3:04
  • You can set it to static positioning in global CSS. – che Mar 7 '13 at 13:03
  • Great! How? Put it in an answer and I'll gladly accept it. – user35512 Mar 7 '13 at 22:28
  • Added a rough attempt :-) – che Mar 7 '13 at 22:37
  • So close! That does put the ToC in the top-right corner, but now it overlays content instead of flowing as it did when it was float: right;. If I was writing an ordinary web page, floating would be perfect, because I could change the insertion point. – user35512 Mar 8 '13 at 13:56

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