Tinderbox User's Manual : Links


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A link is a connection between one note and another. Links allow you to make connections between ideas, and to move quickly between linked notes.


Tinderbox has two types of links:

Most text links are links to other locations in the Tinderbox document. A text link can also link to a URL—an external document on the Internet. Following the link will open that location in your Web browser.

To create a link

In any view window or list of notes,


Or, in any view window,

If you start to make a link and then you change your mind, just click the link tool again to cancel linking.

Using the link widget, in an outline window:

To create a link using a parking space

Using a parking space allows you to link two notes that are not visible at the same time and create links to and from text. When you click a parking space in the middle of making a link, it holds on to the link for you until you're ready to complete the link. You don't need to clear old parking spaces, just put a new link in the parking space to replace the old one.

The Locate view (Edit menu: Locate...) is often useful for rapidly locating link destinations.

In any view window,

To create a link from text

In a text window,



if not



A text link can link to an external Internet resource. When an Internet link is followed, the destination will be opened in a Web browser (if it is a Web page), in an email program (if it is an email address) and so on.

In a text window,


You can assign each link a type, to express the purpose or category of the link. For instance, if your Tinderbox document is mapping a logical argument, you might want links of types thesis, support, conclusion, exception, and so on, to indicate the types of connections between parts of the argument.

A link does not need to have a type. If you do not assign it a type to a link, it will not have one.

To assign a type to a new link:

To assign a type to an existing link:

To modify a link type's attributes:

From there, you can type a new value in the Name or Color field. (Click Change to save your changes.)

To delete the selected link type for the current document, click the Delete button.

You can also make a link type invisible in the map view:


If you change the text that is the source of a text link, add more text to the source of the link, or remove some text from the source of the link, the link remains anchored to the modified text.

If you delete all of the text that is the source of a link, but no other text, the link remains: it is linked to no text, but is at the place in the text where the linked text used to be. If you start typing at that point in the text, the new text will become part of the text link.

If you add more text to the end of a text link, the added text also becomes part of the text link.

Remember that you can type the special character option-space so that the text you type after the option-space is not part of the preceding text link.

In a text window, press and hold cmd-option to highlight all text links.

To view links in the Links window

The Links window lets you see all the links originating from the selected note, and edit them if you want.

For every link originating from the selected note, the Links window shows:

In the far right of the list, a T indicates that the link is a text link.

From anywhere,

From any view window

To dismiss a Links window, use its close box, or press Cmd-W

Note that you can have many Links windows open at once— each showing the links leading from a different note.

To view links with the Roadmap

The Roadmap lets you see all of the links leading to or from a selected space -- the local area of a complex hypertext.

To open a roadmap,


The selected note will be shown at the top center of the view, with a thumbnail view of its text below it. The left column lists all notes that are linked to this note. The right column lists all notes that this note links to.

You can have many roadmap windows open at once - each showing the links leading to and from a different note.

To change the focus of a roadmap

Double-click any note in either column. The roadmap will change to show it as the central note, with links leading in and out of it in the two columns. Any open view windows will also change to make that note the selected note.

To delete a link

In a map window,

From anywhere,

From a note's text window

To change a link's type

From anywhere,

Or, in a map window,

Or, from a note's text window

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[Last updated: 26 Jul 2009]

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