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How best to link to headings

In Confluence 4, I can type [ and it lets me search for pages in my Confluence to link to, which is great. But how then do I link to headings on that page? So far, the only way I have found is to manually copy the entire URL and link to that. I was hoping the fancy search function could root out headings within a page too.

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This can be done by going through the 'Advanced' tab in the 'Insert Link' dialog as described in this page:

http://confluence.atlassian.com/display/DOC/Linking+to+Pages#LinkingtoPages-LinkingtoanAnchororHeading

Confluence, please allow every heading to have its own anchor as part of the heading feature itself. Like Asciidoc. Adding anchors manually is annoying.

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If you include a TOC always on your pages, then you can get a free anchor to the headings (right click elements in TOC on a rendered page)

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Thank you Michael! This simplifies things for me.

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here now links to headers work out of the box

The approach with the TOC doesn't work when the heading is changed. The link copied from the TOC is not updated. I would prefer that you could search for #My heading and the link would be updated when the heading changes similar to page links

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Hi,

Best practice to use the anchor macro. This creates an anchor inside the page, which can be hyperlinked as documented at https://confluence.atlassian.com/conf68/anchors-947170225.html

I referred to this as best practise as you will have to specify a key for your anchor which will not break if you adopt the heading in the future - links will still work.

Best, Tobias

My version of Confluence (3.4.7) does not include an 'Advanced' tab in the 'Insert Link' dialog.

I can insert the link to a heading using the heading name in the 'Web Link' -> 'URL' field.

Each heading item has an id attribute that you can append to the url of the page to link directly to a heading.

However you don't need to use the page url, you can do it with the page name and wiki-markup, eg:

[My Page Name#MyHeadingId]

https://confluence.atlassian.com/doc/confluence-wiki-markup-251003035.html#ConfluenceWikiMarkup-Links

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i have a table with multiple rows. some of these rows are set with h4 tag. When the heading tags inside the table have inline comments, they don't have the id attribute or the heading id. Is it possible to link directly to these headings?

Hi @George Mogilevsky,

please refer to my answer above. Using the anchor macro solves all issues :)

Best, Tobias

Hi Tobias,

Thanks for that. It is indeed a workaround! I read it before posting. It requires me editing pages. Not ideal in my situation though. I'd prefer if the inline comment wrapped the heading, not substituted it. As it breaks existing links and doesn't allow linking into headings.

 

Best,

G

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