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Internal links[edit]

One of the things that makes Wiktionary useful and addictive is extensive crosslisting by internal links. These easily-created links allow users to access information related to the entry they're reading.

When to link[edit]

The easiest way to learn when to link is to look at other Wiktionary entries and imitate what they do. If you're trying to decide whether to make a link or not, think "If I were reading this for the first time, would following this link be useful to me?"

How to link[edit]

When you want to make a link to another Wiktionary page - called a wikilink - you have to put it in double square brackets, like this: [[entry X]].

For example, if you want to make a link to the Beer Parlour page, you could write this:

 [[Wiktionary:Beer parlour]]

The above code would appear like this:

Wiktionary:Beer parlour

If a page linked to exists it will show as a blue link, but if it doesn't exist then it will be shown as a red link.

If you want the displayed text of a link to have a different title, you can do so by adding a pipe "|" divider (SHIFT + BACKSLASH on some English-layout and other keyboards) followed by an alternative name.

For example, if you wanted to make a link to the above example, but wanted it to say "my text" you would write it as follows:

   To view the entry, [[entry X|my text]].

It would appear as this:

To view the entry, my text,

The link is titled "my text" but links to "entry X".

Alternate endings[edit]

When you want to use the plural of an entry title (or add any other suffix) for your link, you can add the extra letters directly outside the double square brackets.

For example, you would write:

 # any of several marine [[mammal]]s...
 * [[ferry]]ing, [[shift]]ing, [[ship]]ping...

It would appear as this:

  1. any of several marine mammals...

Linking dates[edit]

Wiktionary does not link dates.

Experiment[edit]

Try it! Here's the sandbox for this page.

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