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Adding and Linking to Anchors (Joomla! 3.x)

This procedure explains how to create anchor links within articles on web sites using the SAS Content Management System (CMS; Joomla! 3.x).  Anchor links allow to you link to specific text on a page.


  • Type a name for the anchor.  Names for anchors must begin with a letter, cannot contain spaces, and must be unique within articles.

    Article anchor

  • Click Insert.  You will see an anchor icon in front of the text you selected.
  • To create a link from somewhere within the same article:
    • Highlight the text that will be linked to the anchor.
    • Click the Insert/Edit link button on the editing toolbar:

      anchor2

    • Under Attributes at the bottom of the Link pop-up window, click the Article Anchors dropdown menu (see #1 below).
    • Select the anchor name you entered earlier (see #2 below).
    • Click Insert (see #3 below).

      Anchor link

  • To create a link from another article:
    • Save the current article:
      • If you are in the front-end editor, click the Save button to the upper left.
      • If you are in the Joomla! Administrator, click the Save & Close button to the upper left: Save & Close button
    • Select the second article to edit following steps 1-3 of Editing Articles or create a new article.
    • Highlight the text that will be linked to the anchor link you created earlier.
    • Click the Insert/Edit link button on the editing toolbar: 

      Editing toolbar: Link button

    • A Link popup window will appear.
    • Under Links, click Content.
    • Click the top-level category that contains the article you want to link to (see #1 below).
    • If your article is in a subcategory, click the "+" to the left of the subcategory containing the article containing your anchor link.  (If the article is in a category several levels down, you may need to repeat this step until you find the article).
    • You should see the anchor link you created listed below the article - click on it (see #2 below).

    • Click Insert (see #3 below).

      Linking to an ahchor in a separate article

  • If you are editing the article from the front end of the web site, click the Save button to the upper left to save your changes and close the article.
  • If you are working in the Joomla! Administrator, to save your changes and continue editing the article, click the Save button to the upper left: Save button
  • If you are working in the Joomla! Administrator, when you are done editing the article, click the Save & Close button to the upper left: Save & Close button

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