Insert Links and Anchors

Send your readers to the right spot by using one of Confluence's content links. You can link to pages, or to content on a page, like comments. Need to link to a page that doesn't exist yet? Create an undefined link and come back to it later.

On this page:

Here's how to link to content from within Confluence

Link to a page

If it's a page in the same space:

  • Choose Link > Search then enter part of the page name. Select the page when it appears in the list.
  • Choose Link > Recently viewed and select a page from the list.
  • Type [ and enter part of the page name, then select the page from the list.
  • Paste the URL of the page onto your page (Confluence will automatically create the link).

If it's a page in a different space:

  • Choose Link > Search and from the space dropdown, either select the space the page lives in, or All Spaces. Then enter part of the page name, and select the page when it appears in the list.
  • Choose Link > Advanced then enter the space key followed by the page name spacekey:mypage.
  • Type [ and enter part of the page name then select the page from the list. (You can hover over each suggestion to see which space the page is from).

Link to a blog post

  • Choose Link > Search and enter part of the blog post name, then select the post when it appears in the list.
  • Type [ and enter part of the blog post name then select the blog post from the list.

Link to an attachment

On this page:

  • Choose Link > Attachment then upload or select an attachment from the list.
  • Type and enter part of the attachment file name then select the attachment from the list.

On another page:

  • Choose Link > Search and enter part of the attachment name, then select it when it appears in the list. (You can hover over each suggestion to see which space the page is from).

  • Type [ and enter part of the attachment file name then select the attachment from the list

Link to a website

  • Choose Link > Web Link then enter the website URL.
  • Type or paste the URL onto the page (Confluence will automatically create the link).

Link to an email address

  • Choose Link > Web Link then enter the email address.
  • Type or paste the email address onto the page (Confluence will automatically create a 'mailto:' link).

Link to a heading on a page

Choose Link > Advanced then enter the heading in one of the formats below. Heading text is case sensitive and must be entered without spaces.

  • For a heading on this page: #MyHeading.
  • For a heading on another page in this space: Page Name#MyHeading.
  • For a heading on another page in another space: spacekey:Page Name#MyHeading.

(warning) Be aware that these links will break if you edit the heading text. Consider using the Table of Contents macro or an Anchor instead.

Link to a comment on a page

  • Go to the comment, right click the Date at the bottom of the comment, copy the link, and paste it directly into your page.
  • Type [$ then enter the Comment ID (12345 in this example):  [$12345]

Link to an anchor on a page

Use anchors to enable linking to specific locations on a page. These can be especially useful for allowing your readers to navigate to specific parts of a long document. Anchors are invisible to the reader when the page is displayed.

Add an anchor 

  1. Do either of the following in the Confluence editor:
    • Choose Insert > Other Macros, then find and select the Anchor macro
    • Type { and the beginning of the macro name, then select the Anchor macro
  2. Enter the Anchor Name (For example, bottom or important information)
  3. Choose Insert

Link to an anchor

  1. Select some text or position your cursor where you want to insert the link
  2. Choose Link in the toolbar or press Ctrl+K
  3. Choose Advanced and enter the anchor name in the Link field, following the format below.

    Anchor location Link syntax for anchor Examples
    Same page #anchor name

    #bottom

    #important information

    Page in same space page name#anchor name

    My page#bottom

    My page#important information

    Page in different space spacekey:page name#anchor name

    CONFCLOUD:My page#bottom

    CONFCLOUD:My page#important information

  4. Enter or modify the Link Text (this is the text that will appear on the page. If this field is left blank, the page name or URL will be used as the link text)
  5. Choose Save

  • Anchor names, including the space key and page name, are case sensitive.
  • Enter page and anchor names with spaces when you link to them in the same Confluence site
  • If you're linking to an anchor on a different page that has special characters in its name, where the URL displays a page ID rather than a name, you should still enter the page name when linking to it

Link to an undefined page (a page that does not exist yet) 

Sometimes you want to link to a Confluence page that doesn't exist yet. To do this, you can add an undefined link and come back to it later. When you click on the link, Confluence will create a draft page with that title for you to then add content to and publish when you're ready.

Create an undefined page link:

  1. Choose Insert > Link or press Ctrl+K on your keyboard.
  2. Choose Advanced.
  3. Enter the name of the page to be created in the Link field.

A link to an undefined page is shown in dark red. Until you actually publish this newly created page, anyone with create permissions in that space can click on the link, while viewing or editing, and it will continue to create new draft pages. 

 

View undefined pages in a space

The Undefined Pages view shows you all the undefined pages in your space. 

To view a list of the undefined links in a space:

  1. Choose Space settings in the sidebar (or the ), then choose Content tools
  2. Choose Undefined Pages.

The undefined page links have a  badge to remind you that these pages haven't been published yet. Click on the link for an undefined page to create a draft and add content to it.

 

Link to a personal space or user profile

  • Choose Link > Search then enter the user's name and select their personal space homepage or their profile from the list.
  • Type then enter the user's name and select their personal space homepage or their profile from the list.

Link to a Jira issue (where Confluence is connected to Jira) 

  • Paste the Jira issue URL - Confluence will automatically create a Jira Issue macro.

If you have configured shortcut links on your Confluence site, then you can link to an external site using a shortcut link that looks like this:CONF-17025@jira.

For example, this Confluence site uses the shortcut @jira to link to jira.atlassian.com. So, the shortcut link CONF-17025@jira produces this link.

To add a shortcut link using the Insert Link dialog:

  1. Choose Link > Advanced and enter or paste the shortcut link into the Link field (shortcut links are case-insensitive)
  2. Modify or enter link text (this is the text that will appear on the page)
  3. Choose Insert

You can also type [ and choose Insert Web Link > Advanced  to enter a shortcut link.

 

Here's how to link to Confluence content from other websites and in emails.

Link to a heading 

http://myconfluence.com/display/spacekey/pagename#pagename-headingtext

Example from this page:

https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/CONFCLOUD/Advanced+Links#AdvancedLinks-Insertalink

Link to a comment

http://myconfluence.com/display/spacekey/pagename?focusedCommentId=commentid#comment-commentid

Example from this page:

https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/CONFCLOUD/Advanced+Links?focusedCommentId=368640803#comment-368640803

To find out the comment URL and comment ID:

  1. Go to the comment you wish to link to
  2. Choose the Date at the bottom of the comment and examine the URL

The number after comment- is the Comment ID

Link to an anchor 

http://myconfluence.com/display/spacekey/pagename#pagename-anchorname

Example from this page:

https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/CONFCLOUD/Advanced+Links#AdvancedLinks-InsertLinkAnchor

Some things to note:

  • The page name is repeated in the URL, after the # sign. The second occurrence of the page name is concatenated into a single word, with all spaces removed.
  • There is a single dash (hyphen) between the concatenated page name and the anchor name.
  • The anchor name in the full URL is concatenated into a single word, with all spaces removed.
  • The anchor name is case sensitive. You must use the same pattern of upper and lower case letters as you used when creating the Anchor.
Last modified on May 24, 2018

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