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Stop links from being created as bubbles in the new editor

I don't know what else to call that, but when I create links in the new editor, often they appears in rectangular boxes (bubbles) with a little blue icon on the left, as shown below: 


Then when I'm using the "Blog Posts" macro, they don't appear as bubbles but the full URLs, and I can't tell what the link goes to:


I want them to be the link text which is inside the bubbles.  How do I disable the bubble behavior?


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Hi @Rory Apperson 

Interesting question and I was wondering why I had a page where some links were bubble links and others were not. So I did a little investigation and I know why :-) 

  1. The bubble links appear when one pastes a full URL onto a Next-Gen page (or a page using the new editor). 
  2. The standard links appear (without bubbles) if you select some text (click links icon or CTRL+K and paste in a URL.

bubble URL versus Standard Link.png


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Sharon_Helms Community Leader Jan 22, 2020

Hi @Rory Apperson , 

Unfortunately, the behavior you're seeing is a default when you add a link URL in either the new editor in Confluence -- and also in Jira! 

@Mike_Bowen mentions one workaround (type the text first, then use CTRL+K to add the URL to the text.  

Another workaround -- which is unfortunately not documented anywhere!-- After you paste in a link URL, right after you see the autoformat behavior, use CTRL+Z to undo the autoformat. Then you can click on the URL text, and you will have the option to type in the link text of your choosing. 

** this is a particularly important workaround for anyone who is linking to files on shared Google drives -- which are incompatible with the autoformat behavior, and throw this terrible error. Atlassian knows of the issue, but is not currently supporting shared (team) Google drives: 

Screen Shot 2020-01-22 at 9.22.02 AM.png

Hope this helps,


Well this is disappointing.  I'm not sure anyone wants bubble links, and as I showed in the post they don't appear in the blog posts macro -- the full URL does, which is not helpful.  Furthermore, having to type the text you want instead of the bubble every time is annoying.

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