How do I disable auto-hyperlinking when pasting a URL?

David Tyler March 30, 2023

How can I prevent Confluence from automatically creating a hyperlink when I paste a URL?  I work in cybersecurity, and this poses a security risk.  Confluence even hyperlinks URLs that I have attempted to defang.

Thank you.

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Tom Emerson May 29, 2024

Helpful to learn the name of this security vulnerability:

"Smart Links"

The Confluence Cloud editor is quite frustrating, copy/pasted FQDNs are automatically converted to non-functional web site URLs.

An utterly bizarre feature.  Perhaps an industry trend, the Slack system does this too, paste in anything containing a couple of "." and it is converted to an unusable HTTP HREF.


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Craig Nodwell
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March 30, 2023

Hi @David Tyler welcome to the community.  There is no server setting however this is a work around.  There's also an issue logged for this that you can vote on.
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David Tyler March 30, 2023

Thank you for the quick reply.

Ctrl + Shift + V doesn't paste anything in my environment (Chrome + Windows 10).  I have to right-click with the mouse and select "Paste as plain text."

If I paste a domain using Ctrl + V, Ctrl + Z does not remove the hyperlink.  It removes what I pasted.

Any ideas why the behavior of Confluence in my environment doesn't match the instructions?

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