Editing a List

 

You can edit your list by clicking the "Edit" tab on any list page.  Please note, you may only edit lists that you created.  If you'd like to modify someone else's list, use the "Copy this list to..." button.

When you click on the "Edit" tab on a list, you will be taken to the list editor screen.

There you may:

  • Rename your list.  Enter a short title for your list. (Up to 255 characters, no HTML allowed)
  • Edit the description.  Enter a short description for your list. (Up to 5,000 characters, simple HTML including links, bold and italics allowed)
  • Share (or hide) the list.  Lists can be either shared, or private.  Private lists are only visible to you.  If you want to assign your list to students, it must be shared.
  • Delete your list.  Click the "Delete this list" button and confirm at the prompt to delete your list.  
  • Add words.  Add words to your list by scrolling to the bottom and typing into the text box labeled "add a word".  Type your word (or start typing and use autocomplete) to add a word.  Press enter to add another word.
  • Delete words.  Hover your mouse over any word and click the red "X" button to delete any word.
  • Edit example sentences.  Write your own example sentence, or click "Browse Example Sentences" to browse recent high-quality examples of your word from our corpus of curated literature and news sources.  Note: We will automatically bold any occurrences of the word in the example sentence you create or select.
  • Edit notes.  If you'd like to add or edit notes for any word entry, type them into the "notes" field for that entry.  You may enter simple HTML (links, bold, italics) into this field.
  • Select definitions.  If you'd like to choose a specific definition of a word, click the gray down-arrow next to the definition of any word.  Select the definition you'd like displayed with that word entry.
  • Sort your list.  To sort your list, use the "sort words" pull-down menu in the upper-right hand corner of the list editing page.
  • Edit as a list (bulk edit).  To add, remove, or re-order words in bulk, click the "Edit as a List" tab.  There you can add, remove, and re-order all your words at once.  Note that we will maintain any notes and descriptions you have already entered and will move them correctly if you re-order words on this screen.  

Note:  If you delete a list (or make it private) that you have previously assigned or shared, people who are learning or practicing it will still have access to it so that they can finish their activities.  However, your list will be hidden from everyone else.

 

Saving your changes

When you are done making your changes, click the "Save List" button to save your changes.

 

The List Editing Screen

 

What do the green checks next to my words mean?

If you see a green check next to a word, it means that we can teach it on Vocabulary.com. Words without a green check are not currently learnable. We have over 14,000 learnable words on Vocabulary.com and we are adding more every day.

Read more: What makes a word "learnable"?

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