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New Editor - insert file as link

Jake Ward January 23, 2020

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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Sven Schatter _Lively Apps_
Marketplace Partner
Marketplace Partners provide apps and integrations available on the Atlassian Marketplace that extend the power of Atlassian products.
January 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! :)


Elena Rumyantseva January 24, 2020

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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Mauricio Steffen May 5, 2020

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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Rob Gilliam May 19, 2020

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

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Joachim Fischer July 12, 2020

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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Jonathan Reis January 15, 2021

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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NRichardson January 15, 2021

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

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Joanne Gryniewicz May 6, 2021

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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Marvin Brand February 24, 2022
John Laughlin April 19, 2022

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.

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Julian Fainlight June 15, 2022

+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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Gregor Heinrich August 3, 2022

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.

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Daniel wade October 7, 2022

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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Chuck Dopfel September 22, 2023

I'm obviously late to the game here, not being a frequent confluence editor and not noticing the "this page can be converted" message before today where I thought let's do it.  Boy do I regret having done that now!  Page in question had links to files, that I was able to mange as links, added a couple of additional files that I now cannot.  What a mess - I'd MUCH rather remain with the old way of doing things but now I have about 15 existing links to files on the page and two that I added that I can't show in the same way - really don't want to change all the others but with the mixed approach it's seeming like I may not have any other option.  What a pain and what an obvious loss of functionality that from my, and everyone here and more I trust, perspective was not only working but working better than what is now available.

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Sharon Weaver March 3, 2020

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.

Helen Ramsay May 5, 2020

Me too! 

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Tim Fitzpatrick September 14, 2020

+1 from me

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NRichardson November 3, 2020

I completely agree

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Anne Dawson November 4, 2020


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fordmaxson October 19, 2021

+1 + 1 +1

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Jessica Diflo May 17, 2022

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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Leo June 15, 2022


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Christine Absil June 9, 2023

Confluence link management is becoming as ugly as M$ Sharepoint's one.
So I will start wondering : why to continue bothering with confluence, if it also become a mess?

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arun.mahalingam November 11, 2020

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

Leo June 15, 2022

Totally agree with all my hands and feet

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David Spencer June 29, 2022

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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