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New Editor - insert file as link

On the old editor it was possible to insert a link and then choose an attachment to upload. This would upload the file and just show a link to it, rather than a thumbnail. How is this done in the new editor?

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9 votes
Answer accepted
Sven Schatter _Lively Apps_
Marketplace Partner
Marketplace Partners provide apps and integrations available on the Atlassian Marketplace that extend the power of Atlassian products.
Jan 23, 2020

Hi Jake,

  1. Upload your attachment to the page.
  2. Go to the Attachments view of the page.
  3. Right click on the attachment and copy the link to.temp.png
  4. Insert the link into a page like you would insert any other link.

Hope this helps! :)


So now whatever previously took 2-3 sec, now is going to take 30? Whoever made this decision was clearly a genius 

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Bring back an easier way to do this.  Maybe next time get some data on how many customers use this feature and talk to them.

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It doesn't really help, especially if you have a large number of files to add to a page.

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Fully agree. It is an absolute nuisance indeed, taking up much more time than the previous method. Almost renders it unusable for commented document lists.

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This is complete garbage. I have 10 attachments I need to add and it is so painful. Why do attachments not show up in the the searchbox that is displayed when the editing the link? How about starting the search with a ~ brings up just attachments from the current page?

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Does Atlassian have on the roadmap to bring back this feature that worked on the server based version? 

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I've literally spent an hour trying to remember how I did this only to discover it actually went away. And I can't for the life of me figure out how to get back to the list of 'attachments' to try the method above. GRRRRRRRRRRRR

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Yeah - complete cluster.  Hard to fathom how a decision was made to take an efficient means of weaving attachments into documentation and make it an unintuitive, obscure, and cumbersome process.  This should win some sort of award.

+1 +1 +1 - what a nonsense, but typical of Atlassian - do it and then let the users sort out how to get back to easy/fast ways to accomplish.

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I can't agree more with the other comments.  It will remain your secret why a fully functional feature like "show attachment as link" is replaced with some tedious multi-step process across two pages.  Bonus: Export a page with an attachment to PDF. Just try it out yourself and take a deep critical look at the visual appearance.

Agree with previous comments.  This functionality is horrible.  In Jira, hovering over the ID when viewing an issue shows a little link icon which you click to get the link on your clipboard.  Simple.  Even that would be better.  Best option: when showing a list of items to link to, show the attachments in the list.

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I second this comment. 90% of the time I only want to show link so my page doesn't get clogged. Please bring this feature back.

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I completely agree

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Adding myself to this list, this is such an unnecessary change and incredibly time consuming to work around. Why change something so basic that worked?? Please revert back. 

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If a feature is working fine, please let it be! Why do the users always have to find a workaround? 

Totally agree with all my hands and feet

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The accepted answer doesn't work in Jira Cloud.

To make this almost work (and waste a year of you life doing it) you can do the following.

  • Attach your file to the Jira ticket.
  • Download your file from the Jira ticket.
  • Copy link from Browser Download Manager.
  • Insert link to download like any other hyper link.

This will only work for about an hour or less as there is a token associated to the download link and when it expires the link will break.

I used to hate working for Organizations /  Companies that didn't use Atlassian products.
Since Atlassian dumbed down all the features to the lowest common denominator of morons I hate working places that use Atlassian.

Someone else said it rightly. Don't fix what ain't broke.

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