Help:VisualEditor/User guide/Links

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Link is one of the most basic elements used on wikis. It links text to another page, website or resource.

How to create a link is detailed on the visual editor main documentation. The following documentation details how to create all types of links.

Link types[edit]

Popup that shows up whenever you are creating a link.

There are few types of link available to use on MediaWiki.

Internal link[edit]

This hyperlink is the most basic type of link. It links to another page on the same wiki.

You can insert this link by :

  • pasting page's name inside double square brackets in the editor: [[MediaWiki]].
  • typing two opening square brackets
  • press "Link" option in the menu
  • hit ctrl + K

For the last 3 cases, a small window will pop up in which you can search for the page you want to create a link to.

For advanced usage, read Help:Links.

External link[edit]

External links link to the outside of the wiki. To create this type of link, you have few options:

  • In the Link popup open External link tab, then type the URL for the link. You can add a label for this link by clicking on that link again, clicking Edit, and Add label.
  • Specify URL just inside the content of the page: https://wikipedia.org.
  • For more options, see Help:Links

Interwiki link[edit]

Sometimes also called interproject link, it is similar to an internal link, but leads to another wiki, for example from MediaWiki to Meta Wikimedia.

To create such a link, insert syntax of the internal link in the Link popup, but prefixed with the interwiki: wikinews:Soyuz rocket launches GIOVE-B satellite.

List of interwiki prefixes can be found here.

Interlanguage link[edit]

Example of how to create a link to Polish Wikipedia article about "Saturn".

This is a link that leads to a page in the current wiki (or to another wiki), but in a different language.

To create an interlanguage link from any project in a certain language to the same project in another language, type language code, followed by colon, followed by the pagename in Link popup: pl:Saturn.

Interlanguage and interwiki link combined[edit]

If you want to link to any interwiki page to another project in other language, type at the beginning of the link:

  1. the interwiki prefix followed by a colon
  2. the language prefix followed by a colon
  3. the page title

Example: wikipedia:pl:Saturn.

Resource link types[edit]

There are few types of links that lead to specific resources, not pages nor external entities.

Category link[edit]

To create a link to certain category, type the category name prefixed by Category keyword and colon in the Link popup: Category:Manual.

Wikitext users may notice that the colon required by wikitext is not required on the visual editor. The visual editor automatically adds the colon to the wikitext.

File link[edit]

To create a link to a certain file, type the full file name (including the File: prefix and the extension) as follows: File:Wiki.png.

Wikitext users may notice that the colon required by wikitext is not required on the visual editor. The visual editor automatically adds the colon to the wikitext.

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