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Block References


Block references let you link or embed blocks of text into different parts of your notes. This allows you to link and refer to any part of a note, including paragraphs, lists, and tables.

We currently (2021.06.04) do not support, but are working on:

  • block references in the preview
  • auto-complete support for block references


Block Anchor

A block anchor is a ^ character, followed by one or more digits, letters, dashes, and underscores. In the future Dendron will automatically generate these, but for now you can add in custom anchors. The following are a few examples of anchors:

Lorem ipsum dolor amet ^1234

* Item 1
* Item 2 ^second-item
* Item 3


| Sapiente | accusamus |
| Laborum  | libero    |
| Ullam    | optio     | ^whole-table

^whole-list, ^whole-table, and ^1234 reference the blocks they are attached to. Lists are special though, ^second-item only references the list item it is next to.

A block link has the following format. It is created in a note that is referencing a piece of text. When navigating the link, users should be taken to the block anchor.


Block links can link to anchors within the same note without writing the name of the note. For example:

Ab voluptatem commodi maiores.
Nemo qui voluptatem dolores. ^my-paragraph

Let's look back at that paragraph: [[#^my-paragraph]]

Block Reference

Block References allow you to embed a block marked by an anchor in another note.

Here are a few examples:

Ab voluptatem commodi maiores.
Nemo qui voluptatem dolores. ^my-paragraph

* Culpa autem et voluptatem reiciendis id sint.
* Qui quos ut a deserunt. ^second-item
* Minima quos consequatur quo eum quas aut.


I want to refer to that paragraph again:


And let's look at that list again:


I want to re-emphasize that second item:


You can reference across notes as well. Say you had a note named "other-note" which had an anchor "some-anchor" in it:


When you refer to a block anchor, it will display the block that the block anchor is attached to. This means you can refer to an entire paragraph, table, list, or even a list item.

Below is an example to a block reference to an earlier part of this page.

  • block references in the preview
  • auto-complete support for block references

Block Reference Range

You can also refer to block anchors in ranges. This allows you to refer to multiple paragraph, multiple list items etc. using a single reference. Let's look at a few examples of this as well:

# Section

Sunt animi inventore atque quia ex aut minus.
Voluptate ipsa et esse. ^paragraph-1

Porro ad nesciunt sed eius ut enim est eveniet.
Omnis sint necessitatibus aut. ^paragraph-2

* Aliquam et sit autem. ^first
* Est sapiente quis ut est.
* Est incidunt et debitis vel ab. ^third
* Maxime harum aut mollitia debitis ipsa.

Both paragraphs:


First 3 items in my list:


From the header, to the second paragraph: