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Every page has a link labelled "What links here" (or, more generally, labelled with the text in mediawiki:whatlinkshere).
This backlink facility can be used to see which other pages in the same project contain a link to a given page. The list is sorted by page id - that is, by date of creation of the page.
- not listed are subpages that just have an automatic link to a page
Cases of transclusionEdit
- in the case of a template, referral to it is treated as link
- a link from a template is only treated as such, not as link from the pages that show the link because they refer to the template
- in the case of an image, using it in a page is listed in the third section of the image description page, but not in "What links here" of that page
This facility works also for a page that does not exist. The What links here button is also on the edit page on which one arrives when following a broken link.
One can also use a link of the form Special:Whatlinkshere/John Smith, or equivalently (here on Meta) http://meta.wikimedia.org/w/wiki.phtml?title=Special:Whatlinkshere&target=John_Smith
The feature can also be applied to itself and other special pages, e.g.: