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In writing a question, answer or comment, how can I include a clickable link to cross-reference another question, answer or comment?

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Link to a question or an answer

  1. Go to the question/answer that you want a link to.
    Look at the end of that posting, before any comments or subsequent answers.
    Click  share  near the lower left corner of the text.
    Something like this will pop up:

    share a link to this question
    http: //meta.stackexchange.com/q/272427/313009
                            close

  2. Copy  http: //meta.stackexchange.com/q/272427/313009, using your mouse or  Ctrl+A Ctrl+C.

  3. Return to the question, answer or comment that you are writing.
    Paste what you just copied, using your mouse or Ctrl+V.

  4. Make sure that the resulting  http: //meta.stackexchange.com/q/272427/313009  is surrounded by spaces.

  5. That should do it, in a basic way.
    More information is available by clicking  links  near the top left corner of the area where you are writing. If you don't see  links , click the  ?  near the top right corner of your writing area.


Link to a comment

  1. Go to the end of the comment that you want a link to.
    Right-click (or equivalent) the date  Mar 14 '16 at 12:34 , day  yesterday , or time lapse  12 hours ago :

    Knock knock - WhoMe  Mar 14 '16 at 12:34

    Who's there? - Horton  yesterday

    Who's on first - WhoMe  12 hours ago

  2. Choose the popup-menu option  Copy Link Location  (or Copy shortcut or equivalent).

  3. Return to the question, answer or comment that you are writing.
    Paste what got copied, using your mouse or Ctrl+V.

  4. Make sure that the resulting  http: //meta.stackexchange.com/questions/272427/link-to-a-question-answer-or-comment#comment884498_272427  is surrounded by spaces.

  5. That should do it, in a basic way.
    More information is available by clicking  links  near the top left corner of the area where you are writing. If you don't see  links , click the  ?  near the top right corner of your writing area.


Further reading

Editing help, Links
Direct Link to a Comment
How can I link to a specific answer
Add data.SE style “magic links” to comments
How to reference material written by others (Guidelines, at English Language & Usage SE)
Hidden features of Stack Exchange

  • 2
    The technique that you describe for comments (right-click and "Copy Link Location" or "Copy shortcut" (or equivalent)) also works on the "Share" links under posts.  I find it more convenient to use one technique consistently, and, if anything, it's less work. – Scott Jan 8 '16 at 22:47
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    Comments are not for footnotes. They are temporary messages to ask for clarification on the post. – ale Jan 9 '16 at 18:11

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