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How to create OneNote links in Trello that open up in the desktop app? Edited

Hey there,

I've been trying to attach OneNote links to Trello cards. They are supposed to automatically open within the desktop app so that I can quickly see the referenced material of the card.

My problem is the way Trello handles URLs.

The way to open a OneNote file would be to create the link from the note, then paste the link (which has two parts: The first is an URL to the web app and the second one to the desktop app).

The link to the desktop app always looks like this:

onenote:https://XYZ

Unfortunately, Trello doesn't recognize this as an URL. It converts the link to something like this:

Added as an attachment, it looks like this:

https://onenote:https://XYZ

Added in the description of a card it looks like this:

https://XYZ

Any ideas on how to "convince" Trello to use the desired URL format?

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Devon_Henderson Community Leader Sep 10, 2019

Hi Christian!

I could not test this with OneNote as I don't use it, but I tested it with Evernote and it worked! Have you tried using the Markdown link formatting in the note description? It would look like this:

[Note name here](evernote:///view/2125064/s19/blahblahblah/)

When I use this, it opens the note in the Evernote app, which I believe is the behavior you're looking for in OneNote. 

Hope this helps!

Hi Devon,

thank you so much. I didn't think about the markdown option. Yes, it really worked. This is how I format the link for OneNote:

[note name](onenote:https://d.docs.live.net/XYZ)
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Devon_Henderson Community Leader Sep 13, 2019

I'm happy that worked, Christian! 

I would still submit a feature request to feature-ideas@trello.com to build this into the attachments section of the card, if that's a feature you want. This email goes right to Trello devs, so your voice is guaranteed to be heard :)

Have fun!

Hi - links work for me. 

In OneNote app I go to the page, right click and select Copy Link to Page. Then in the Trello card comment, click on the Attachment icon, paste the link (Ctrl+V), and type in the text you want to display (if other than the link which can be quite long and painful to look at). It does take a second or two to render upon save, but then I can access the OneNote page from the Trello card.

That said, when I click on the link to open it, it does open in the web version of OneNote and not the desktop app, but that's fair since I'm using Trello online and it still gives me access what I need. 

Hi Shaun,

thank you.

Yes, I can open links in OneNote / OneDrive web when I save them as you described. This will be useful on-the-go.

It's faster, though, to open up my local notebook through the markdown link option as Devon mentioned above.

I think, I'll look for a way to auto-format OneNote's double-link for markdown so that I can choose from the web and online version depending on the situation.

Something like this:

[web note](https://onedrive.live.com/XYZ)
[desktop note](onenote:https://d.docs.live.net/XYZ)

Hey there,

since I started the post, I have created a "javascript" with regular expressions that can auto-format the OneNote links you load into the clipboard into markdown links. I use it inside TextExpander. This way, I just need to copy the link from inside OneNote and then enter the shortcode into the card's description. Takes about 5 seconds.

Looks like this:

// Start with the clipboard content

var result = TextExpander.pasteboardText;

// Add Syntax and global description for start section

result = result.replace(/^https/, "[OneNote Web-Link](https");

// Add Syntax for mid section

result = result.replace(/\n/, "\)\n[OneNote Desktop-Link](");

// Add closing bracets

result = result.replace(/\&end/, "&end)");

// Return the result

TextExpander.appendOutput(result);

What works: Links to sections and pages.

What doesn't work: Links to passages.

I hope this helps you when creating your own solution.

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