# How to…

Useful information for contributors to this blog

## Show/Hide Kitchen Sink

This important button is on the far left of the Visual editor. It displays another row of buttons: take time to explore them. An alternative to the “Ω” button (Insert custom character) is the HTML Special Characters box, which appears on the bottom left of the screen when writing or editing.

## Embed External Media

Shortcodes allow you to easily and safely embed media from places like YouTube and SoundCloud. Enter the shortcode [between square brackets]; specific instructions for each one are here: youtubeaudiosoundcloudflickrslidesharearchivesscribdpolldaddyblip.tvdailymotionvimeo, and wpvideo (VideoPress).

The ‘Private’ setting means only users with Editor or Administrator roles may view your page or post. See codex.wordpress.org/Using_Password_Protection for more details.

## Latex Code

$LaTeX logo$ is a powerful markup language for writing mathematical equations, formulas, etc. See support.wordpress.com/latex/ for instructions.

## Overriding WordPress’s Interpretations

If you want code to appear as code, or straight quotes to appear as straight quotes, workarounds are at codex.wordpress.org/Writing_Code_in_Your_Posts. Note that you have to use the Text editor for these to work, not the Visual editor.

### One Response to How to…

1. Nicolás Meyer (from Argentina) says:

Hello. Doesn’t exploring what sounds an aulos can produce, and basing reconstructed ancient Greek music in part on that, run a similar risk to testing what sounds could be generated by a klavier played by Mozart and concluding that Mozart might have played something like what Schumann or Scott Joplin wrote, since such music (give or take some, but not too many, technical adjustments) could in theory be produced by the klavier?
Hearing music of more than 2,500 years ago sent shivers through my back. Even if only 50%, or say 10%, of the extrapolations are accurate it’s a colossal achievement. Still, the above question sticks in my mind. As with Mozart’s piano, that such music was technically possible doesn’t mean it was played . The music, particularly when the chorus sings, sounds relatively more Renaissance-like than older than that; more complex than the linear sound one might possibly expect from music that was backing the recitation of a poem.
In any event, thank you very, very much for your work — and doubly so for any comment my own comment may elicit.