Backlinking (bidirectional linking) in Amplenote

Backlinking in Amplenote provides a convenient way to connect your notes (and thus, ideas) together into a network of knowledge. It's the perfect tool for those who want to collect thoughts, ideas, and research around a particular area of interest.

linkLinking into another note

Before you can see the backlinks for a note, you first need to create a link from one note to another.

Our help page on using double brackets for note creation is a great starting point on the most common way Amplenote users accomplish this. In addition to the convenient double bracket syntax, you can also type a note name into the standard Rich Footnotes URL field:

Creating a link into a note through the Rich Footnotes popup

linkViewing the Backlinks tab

Once you have created a link into a note, when you can open that note and see everything that links into it -- including the paragraph in which the link is mentioned:

The Amplenote help page for setting up Shortcuts is linked to from the page for Jots. Thus, the Shortcuts page has a Backlink to the Jots note

Better still, if you link to a note from within a hierarchy, the entire hierarchy is included in the Backlinks tab. For example, if you are creating a daily Jot and you make reference to a note of "Random Ideas," then your "Random Ideas" note will contain the full hierarchy of your thoughts from the source Jot:

Viewing the "Backlinks" tab of a note titled "Random ideas," which is referenced in the daily Jot for September 16th, 2020

The Backlinks tab is available in Notes mode. If you have made a Backlink into the note, you will see a set of tabs at the bottom of the note upon opening it. If there are no Backlinks into it, then these tabs will not be shown.