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

Peter Willis
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April 23, 2021

When I type in https://www.example.com/ 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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Steve Pate
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April 11, 2022

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

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April 26, 2022

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

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Rob Hartwig
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April 17, 2023

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

 

https://id.atlassian.com/manage-profile/link-preferences

Wesley Smith
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August 10, 2023

Thanks Yoda...worked like a charm.  Productivity restored.  Quite possibly the smallest BIG problem introduced to a product primarily targeted toward developers;). Party on everyone.

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Ben L October 6, 2022

This is now fixed! Hallelujah ;-)

 

ref. https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/CONFCLOUD-67922, but tl'dr: set your user preference at https://id.atlassian.com/manage-profile/link-preferences

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Mark Eklund
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September 16, 2021

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

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April 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.

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September 24, 2021

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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Daniel Wal August 12, 2022

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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Youssri March 19, 2024

It's not ideal but can do a clean up and bulk convert smartlinks to regular URLs using this link editor app.

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Dieter Rausch
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October 2, 2023

Smart Links are not compatible with the MS Teams pluign "Jira Cloud" - all you get is a "Unsupported inlineCard" notice. Like that, the plugin is totally useless!!

It MUST be possible for the READER to disable the display of Smart Links by all means - not only for plugin compatibility. An Author (or however you call it) should NEVER be able to force masked URLs in messages or issues!

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Liz Lomax
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February 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?

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June 1, 2022

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.

Matthew Allen
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July 7, 2022

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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Adam Mlodzinski
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April 20, 2022

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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