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How do I create a link to a page that doesn't exist yet?

Before this new "improved" Confluence, I could create a link to not-yet-exiting page on the fly, and create that page after I had finished editing the parent page. This technique is called 'Representational state transfer' (REST) -> one can statelessly link to a resource whose existence (=state) is not known.

How do I do that now? Confluence editor only gives me a drop-down list of existing pages and does not accept a new link text instead. If I try writing a new link and press enter, the editor just discards the changes and no link is created.

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Shannon S Atlassian Team Dec 03, 2019

Hi Joni,

Thank you for contacting us about this.

This feature was known as "Undefined Page links" and while they're not yet possible in the new editor, they are mentioned in our roadmap below:

This feature is currently in our short-term backlog, and you can track its progress here:

  • CONFCLOUD-67129 Link to an undefined page (a page that doesn't exist yet)

There is a workaround listed there, which is:

As this is not a native feature in the new editor for now, we can keep using our undefined links by opening them on a new tab (right-clicking over the link and selecting this option, or CTRL + Right Click / COMMAND + Right Click).

To insert an undefined link on a page with the new editor, create a link with this address: 

Let me know if you have any trouble or questions about that.



After a page is created using this workaround, the source page doesn't update to point at the new page, instead the page may be created multiple times over if different people click on that link to follow it.

Fortunately there is an actual working workaround now:

This is a *extremely* important feature and a horrible thing to break. For all my personal projects in the future I will be using mediawiki, so you might want to take making this work correctly more seriously. Is there any way to switch back to the old editor for all pages?

This feature was already released for the new editor. You can use [undefined content]() to make it happen. One down, One thousand to go, or at least that is how it feels sometimes with the new editor. ;-) 

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