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How do I stop Confluence from automatically changing URLs into link previews

When I type in in confluence, in a few seconds the text changes to "Example" with a link.

I don't want it to convert URLs to text automatically. I don't want Confluence to grab the title of the page and change how the link looks. I want it to show the entire URL that I typed. If I want to change how it looks, I will click the Link button and add text to it.

Please someone tell me how to turn off this new functionality??? I have to keep clicking these links and selecting "Show URL" every time, it's such a pain!

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On a Mac, let it expand and then hit CMD+z and it will just display the URL

Kalin U
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Apr 26, 2022

Same on Windows: Ctrl+Z should undo the automatic URL conversion.

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Apr 17, 2023

It's now available to disable from this settings page!!!

This is now fixed! Hallelujah ;-)


ref., but tl'dr: set your user preference at

One workaround I've found is to use the markdown backticks.  It isn't perfect because it formats `` differently and doesn't hyperlink it at all. 

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Aron Gombas _Midori_
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Apr 24, 2021

As far as I know this feature is called smart links

Disabling it is not possible yet, but here is the corresponding issue with a couple of workaround ideas. You may want to vote and watch that issue.

This is such a frustrating feature. We encounter it in Service Desk mostly, and it serves no purpose but to confuse communication to customers. Thanks for the link!

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Agreed. Just another "feature" of Confluence that makes my life more difficult. I have to click Ctrl+Z every time I paste a URL into a page. Drives me bonkers.

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Liz Lomax
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Feb 28, 2023

I have a similar issue, where Confluence is resolving text that isn't a URL, into links to external websites. 

Example: I have a tracking ID that is "BUD.TC" and Confluence insists on resolving this to be the Budweiser Turks & Caicos website! Which is funny but entirely inappropriate.


I have changed my link preferences, so it now shows the text as typed, but it is still inserting a link to the website. 


Is there a way to tell Confluence not to automatically link things at all?

This is hyper annoying

I paste in spreadsheet as tables , then have to wait for how long "server lost connection" and then all the urls are icons with "home" which does not say that much.

Trying to work around this myself.  Software is trying to be too smart for itself.  Make it an option, please.  Confluence is prefixing my data with "http://".  Totally inappropriate when trying to document DNS records. 

And c'mon, it's not even https...

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I found that I can paste a block of text that includes one or more words (sequence of characters excluding whitespace) that Confluence sees as URLs using "Command+Shift+D".

The full keyboard-only sequence becomes "Command+Shitf+D, Command+V, Tab, Enter", which is a lot more than simply "Command+V", but it's better than having to use the mouse to Unlink potentially dozens or hundreds of words that look like links. Thankfully the dialog that pops up is keyboard friendly.

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