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Left bracket for links no longer works in new editor Edited

In articles using the new editor, the left bracket does not initiate the linking behavior. Furthermore, when I try to insert a link with either the toolbar or cmd+k, the box only shows recently-visited articles, not the full corpus. That means I must've loaded the page I want to link to prior to opening the article for edit.

Is there any way to get back the prior editor behavior, or is there a new way to get different behavior? It's a lot of new friction in the editing process. When links are hard to create, it's a pretty fundamental problem in driving content creation.


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Hi @dave.purrington,

In the new editor the "/" shortcut has replaced "{" and "[". Of course the cmd/ctrl+k shortcut still works as well. You are right that you can only search for recently viewed pages in the menu that opens when you insert a link.

Regarding whether you can get back the old editor: As Atlassian is continuing to roll out the new editor, the only workaround I currently know of is to duplicate an old page, that still have the old editor, and rename the duplicate.


I'm not looking to get back to the old editor, necessarily. I just want to be able to create links to articles that are not in my recent history. Knowing the name of the article should be enough.

This change is definitely a step backwards from the prior capability. Very frustrating.

You're not alone with that feeling. You should probably check out the Confluence Cloud Editor Roadmap to see what other differences there are. The new editor is quite different from the old one.

There you will also find that this is indeed intentional and that a fix for this is in the "long-term backlog":


This is the corresponding ticket that you can vote on:

That's a shame. It's "In Progress", is unassigned, and "Long Term Backlog." No idea what that combination means.


Fingers crossed they'll fix this soon. Do not want a Wordpress-like editor that obscures basic behavior. Gimme the markup.

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