How to link notes together

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In Bear, you can create links between notes and even link to specific sections of a note. This is great for all kinds of projects, from creating a personal wiki to a table of contents for a book. Here is how this feature works.

Note: As of Bear 1.7, note links will automatically update if the title of the linked note changes.

While editing a note:

  • Type [[ anywhere to enter the Note Autocomplete tool (that’s two left brackets)
  • Type a few letters of another note’s title
  • Scroll the results to find the one you need
  • Tap it or press Return, and Bear will insert the note link for you

If you are using a hardware keyboard, including on iPad and iPhone, you can use the arrow keys to navigate results, and Return to select.

You can link directly to a specific section in another note. These sections are created by using headings, like this:

  • # is for Heading 1
  • ## is for Heading 2
  • ### is for Heading 3
  • and so on

Bear’s note links support H1-H6. To link to a heading in a different note:

  • Use the steps listed above to find a note
  • Instead of pressing Return on a note, press / (forward slash) to display a list of headings from that note
  • Scroll to the heading you want to link
  • Press Return

To link to a heading in the note you are currently editing:

  • Type [[ to enter the Note Autocomplete tool (that’s two left brackets)
  • Follow those brackets with a forward slash, like this: [[/
  • Scroll to the heading you want to link
  • Press Return

You can also manually copy a link to a heading in a note

  • Tap or click the H tag on the left side of the note
  • In the options that appear, select Copy Link to Here
  • In any note in Bear, select some text and use our link tool to paste the link

With a keyboard on any device, press Command + K to insert a link. Alternatively, on the Mac this command is under Format > Insert Link. On iOS, scroll our Shortcut Bar above the keyboard until you see a link button.

You can copy a link to a note from the Note List. On Mac, right-click the note and choose Copy link to note. On iPad and iPhone, swipe left on a note, tap More, scroll the Actions menu, and tap Copy link to note.

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