# How to style backlinks <span class="related-pages">#css #feature/backlinks </span> ## Motivation and assumptions In Tasks results, by default each task is displayed with its filename, and the name of the previous heading, for example `(ACME > Steps to world domination)`. This is called a **[[Backlinks|Backlink]]**. If you don't like how backlinks look, this guide shows how you can modify their appearance. We assume that you know how to [use CSS snippets in Obsidian](https://help.obsidian.md/How+to/Add+custom+styles#Use+Themes+and+or+CSS+snippets). ## Default backlink style Here is an example task block that does not hide any components of the output: sometimes you want to see all the information in each task. ```tasks not done description includes trash ``` This screenshot shows what this might look like, with some sample data: ![Tasks with vanilla backlink styles](../images/backlinks-default-style.png) Notice that the backlinks (the blue file and heading names) can quite dominate the results, visually. ## Built-in options We could use `hide backlink`, but then we would lose the ability to navigate to the source file. We could also use `short mode`, which would replace the backlink text with an icon, but this would hide all the other properties of the task, such as due date and recurrence. ## Using CSS to de-emphasize the backlinks We can de-emphasize the text in the backlinks, with [this CSS snippet](https://github.com/obsidian-tasks-group/obsidian-tasks/blob/main/resources/sample_vaults/Tasks-Demo/.obsidian/snippets/tasks-plugin-backlinks-small-grey.css): <!-- snippet: resources/sample_vaults/Tasks-Demo/.obsidian/snippets/tasks-plugin-backlinks-small-grey.css --> ```css /* By David Phillips (autonia) https://github.com/autonia From https://github.com/obsidian-tasks-group/obsidian-tasks/discussions/622#discussioncomment-2649299 */ .tasks-backlink { font-size: 0.7em; opacity: 0.6; filter: grayscale(60%); } ``` <!-- endSnippet --> Which gives us this result: ![Tasks with small grey backlinks](../images/backlinks-snippet-tasks-plugin-backlinks-small-grey.png) ## Using CSS to replace the backlinks with icons Or we can replace the backlink text with an icon, with [this CSS snippet](https://github.com/obsidian-tasks-group/obsidian-tasks/blob/main/resources/sample_vaults/Tasks-Demo/.obsidian/snippets/tasks-plugin-backlinks-icon.css): <!-- snippet: resources/sample_vaults/Tasks-Demo/.obsidian/snippets/tasks-plugin-backlinks-icon.css --> ```css /* By Anna Kornfeld Simpson (@AnnaKornfeldSimpson) https://github.com/AnnaKornfeldSimpson From https://github.com/obsidian-tasks-group/obsidian-tasks/discussions/834#discussioncomment-3028600 Then converted to embed the icon inside this .css file, to remove the need for an internet connection, as follows: 1. Link icon downloaded from https://twemoji.twitter.com https://github.com/twitter/twemoji/blob/master/assets/svg/1f517.svg licensed under the CC-BY 4.0 2. SVG encoded for embedding here with https://yoksel.github.io/url-encoder/ Tasks 3.0.0 compatibility note. Prior to Tasks 3.0.0, the first CSS line below was the following, with a '>' separator. li.plugin-tasks-list-item > span.tasks-backlink > a { */ li.plugin-tasks-list-item span.tasks-backlink > a { content: url("data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg' viewBox='0 0 36 36'%3E%3Cpath fill='%238899A6' d='M15 9l6-6s6-6 12 0 0 12 0 12l-8 8s-6 6-12 0c-1.125-1.125-1.822-2.62-1.822-2.62l3.353-3.348S14.396 18.396 16 20c0 0 3 3 6 0l8-8s3-3 0-6-6 0-6 0l-3.729 3.729s-1.854-1.521-5.646-.354L15 9z'/%3E%3Cpath fill='%238899A6' d='M20.845 27l-6 6s-6 6-12 0 0-12 0-12l8-8s6-6 12 0c1.125 1.125 1.822 2.62 1.822 2.62l-3.354 3.349s.135-1.365-1.469-2.969c0 0-3-3-6 0l-8 8s-3 3 0 6 6 0 6 0l3.729-3.729s1.854 1.521 5.646.354l-.374.375z'/%3E%3C/svg%3E"); height: .9em; } ``` <!-- endSnippet --> Which gives us this result: ![Tasks with icons for backlink](../images/backlinks-snippet-tasks-plugin-backlinks-icon.png)