1. Is there a way to link to specific topic (*) in a different org-file?
  2. How can I quickly find and copy the relative path from the current org-file to the file that I want to link to?

Probably both straight forward but I couldn't figure it out. Thanks your help.

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For #2, first you'll want to add a couple of keybindings to your init file (these are the suggested keys in the Org manual) -

(global-set-key (kbd "C-c l") 'org-store-link)
(global-set-key (kbd "C-c C-l") 'org-insert-link)

then you can hit C-c l somewhere in or on the item you want to link to, then C-c C-l where you want to place the link. It'll ask you to confirm the location and then enter a link name - you can just hit enter to accept the defaults. It will create a link like [[file:foo.org::*bar][link-name]], which displays as link-name.

See http://orgmode.org/manual/Handling-links.html for more details.

  • C-c l you mean in dired? Jan 17, 2016 at 18:22
  • No, you hit C-c l in the org file you want to link to - it'll copy the link, then you can paste it with C-c C-l. Jan 17, 2016 at 18:41
  • On C-c l I get an is undefined ... error. Jan 17, 2016 at 18:45
  • Ah, sorry I forgot you need to create this binding yourself, though it's the standard - I'll amend the answer. Jan 17, 2016 at 19:01
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    @PaulBissex hmm, it works okay for me - it puts an absolute path to the originating file in the link. Jan 24, 2019 at 22:30
  1. you can reference this topic http://orgmode.org/manual/External-links.html#External-links

    file:projects.org::some words text search in Org file

    file:projects.org::*task title heading search in Org file

  2. sorry, I don't know what you mean.

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    Thank you for the reply. With number 2 I mean how can I easily get the path to the file that I want to link to paste it into the link. Jan 17, 2016 at 16:10

For 1, insert a link to a header (topic), inspired by @BrianBurns' answer, I found a more convenient solution:

  1. Go to the header of org-file, that you want to link to, M-x org-store-link (SPC n l)
  2. Go to the position, where you want to insert the link to the above mentioned header, M-X org-insert-last-stored-link (SPC m l S)

The bindings are from doom/emacs.

  • Also C-c C-l (org-insert-link) can be used for 2.
    – crocefisso
    May 1, 2023 at 9:04

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