Amplenote Help: Using Double Brackets [[ for Note Creation/Linking

Amplenote allows you to invoke an "Express Link" dialog by typing [[, then linking to either an existing note, a section of a note, or a new note you create.


linkSimple double bracket note linking examples


How it looks to link to an existing note, or declaring a new note to link into. More animated examples at bottom of article.

linkEmergent backlinks

Pop open the note details of the newly created "Look ma it links both ways!" note and you'll find the context from whence this inbound reference came, thanks to Amplenote backlinks.


Any note that is linked to keeps an index of who linked to it, and the context around that inbound link


linkUsing the Ctrl-[ hotkey to link a selected word/phrase (optionally including the current note's tags)

You can also link to a new or existing note using the Ctrl-[ hotkey, like so:


Using the Ctrl-[ hotkey to promote a phrase to link to an existing note

If you would like the note being linked to take all of the tags from your current note (desirable if you're creating notes around a single project), use the Ctrl-Shift-[ hotkey instead:


Using the Ctrl-Shift-[ hotkey links to a new or existing note, adding all of the tags from the current note


linkDouble bracket linking to a new note with tag hierarchy

When you enclose a string in set of brackets, it will link to a note (whether new or existing). It's always possible to simply link to a [[Juicy Topic]]. But what if you live through 10,000 juicy topics? What then? Maybe it's best to make a Vault Note in [[vacations/spicy/Juicy Topic]] so you can find this one later? Here's how it looks to generate a new note and tag hierarchy via express linking:



Linking to a newly created note within the hierarchy

You can jump into a newly linked reference using Ctrl-Space, and jump back to the previous note using Ctrl-[.

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Double bracket linking to a section within a note

Sometimes it's not enough to link to a note, sometimes you want to link to a particular section within a note. This can be accomplished by entering # into the double bracket dialog when a note is suggested:



The # key allows you to use the double bracket menu to link to a particular section within a note

Note that, after creating the link, if you then place your cursor on the it you will see the full contents of the section within the note that was linked.


Linking to a section within the current note is possible by entering [[#. This can be especially handy when you have a note containing research that leads to tasks, and you want to be able to review that context when you're later browsing the task in Tasks View Mode and organizing task lists (to-do lists) or Calendar View: Detailed Visual Guide.


linkExample: Using section link for task context

When you're creating a task, at the end of the task line, enter [[# and then pick the current section:



The current section will be the default option when opening the double bracket selection dialog with #

Now, when you visit the task in Tasks or Calendar View, you can review the full context that surrounded the task in its original note:


Viewing the task's note section from Tasks View mode



linkDouble bracket: Inserting a section of another note

Use [[= to insert a section from another note into the current note, like so:



Inserting a section from another note using double brackets with the equal sign