How to insert placeholder links (to pages that don't exist) using Confluence 3.4 RTE?

We are upgrading from 2.10 to 3.4 and I'm having trouble figuring out how to add placeholder links to pages that don't exist in 3.4 using the RTE.

In 2.10, I could click on the "add link" button and simply type the name of a page that hadn't been created. In 3.4, when I click the "add link" button, I get a dialog that allows me to search for exiting pages, but doesn't allow me to create a link to a page that doesn't exist. I've tried auto-completion also by typing the '[' but this doesn't seem to work either.

Can placeholder links to pages that don't exist be created using the 3.4 RTE, or do we have to use wiki markup?

Thank you for the help,


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I don't believe there is an intuitive way to do that without wiki markup. However, it is coming in Version 4 as I recall at Summit it was mentioned. (Obviously I suppose as there is no wiki markup :) )

You can use the URL field in the link browser as documented here as a workaround

Colin's 100% correct. Here's how you'll be able to do it in Confluence 4.0:

If a page in the Space with the same title already exists you will not be able to create a placeholder link.

I didn't watch the screencast, but the information in the link ( is currently incorrect -- it inserts an HTTP link. To insert a link to a non-existent page, click the "Advanced" tab.

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