Components

Back link

Use the back link component to help users go back to the previous page in a multi-page transaction.

<a href="#" class="govuk-back-link">Back</a>
{% from "back-link/macro.njk" import govukBackLink %}

{{ govukBackLink({
  text: "Back",
  href: "#"
}) }}

You can configure this component using the Nunjucks macro arguments.

When to use this component

Always include the back link component on GOV.UK question pages.

You can include a back link on other pages within a multi-page transaction, if it makes sense to do so.

When not to use this component

Don’t use the back link component together with breadcrumbs. If necessary, you should do research with your users to learn which they find more helpful in your service.

How it works

Back links must always go at the top of a page.

Make sure the link takes users to the previous page and that it works even when JavaScript isn’t available.

There are 2 ways to use the back link component. You can use HTML or, if you are using Nunjucks or the GOV.UK Prototype Kit, you can use the Nunjucks macro.

<a href="#" class="govuk-back-link">Back</a>
{% from "back-link/macro.njk" import govukBackLink %}

{{ govukBackLink({
  text: "Back",
  href: "#"
}) }}

You can configure this component using the Nunjucks macro arguments.

Research on this component

If you’ve used this component, get in touch to share your user research findings.

Get in touch

If you’ve got a question, idea or suggestion share it in #govuk-design-system on cross-government Slack (open in app) or email the Design System team on govuk-design-system-support@digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk

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