UPDATE! As of September 2, 2020, this feature rolled out fully to all Confluence instances. Check back here for updates about future improvements to this experience.
Finding flow and maintaining it gets exponentially harder with all the productivity challenges we face in a given day. We understand through your passionate comments on the Confluence Cloud ticket and in user research sessions, placeholder links was a key component is allowing you to stay in the flow of creating content, thus improving your productivity.
We learned that people are using these placeholders in a variety of ways - from using the placeholders to quickly create a set of pages to live under the current page to creating placeholder pages for their teammates to pick up and create later.
In the coming weeks, we are rolling out the ability to use keyboard shortcuts to create undefined, placeholder pages as you find the need to link out to a new page from the page you are on. By typing [Placeholder Page Name](), you create the placeholder.
You can click the placeholder immediately to create the new page, or the link can be clicked from the published page to create the page.
Since not everyone is a keyboard-focused user, we’ll add the ability to insert the placeholder from the toolbar in the new editor soon. We didn’t want to delay giving you ability to create without lifting your hands from the keyboard.
We want to continue to remove these small productivity hurdles that get in the way of content creation and collaboration so that you and your teams can focus on your work.
Traci WilbanksAtlassian Team
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