Support for URL's and customizable web links (Hyperlinks)

We already support being able to create or paste full URL links such as http://www.google.com but many users would like to be able to insert short links like Link to Google.  We are planning to make this feature available in the future.

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    Michael Hayes

    Would love it if you used markdown type formatting - I use trello a lot which supports markdown so being able to copy and paste text between the two and have it retain the links would be great.

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    Alex Pasternak

    I absolutely support this. I have some SharePoint URLs that I'd like to track that are 3 lines long, and this really clutters up notes.

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    Art Gelwicks

    Is there any status update on these feature request? I'm starting to get concerned the product is stagnating.

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    Workflowy Support (Sasha)

    There are many features that users have requested, and that we would like to implement. Due to the small development team of two persons (the founders) and changing priorities, this feature is not yet under development. Other features such as reminders may be addressed as priority. Please also view our blog for updates and news. Our team has just posted an update on the latest development efforts: http://blog.workflowy.com/2015/10/14/what-im-workflowying-on/

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    Julia Watson

    I agree with Art Gelwicks....am beginning to wonder whether the project may fail. I really hope not as I love the app and am a pro user.Things I would value highly as a writer and academic are: the ability to create internal links between list items; the ability to insert small images or screenshots into the outline.

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    Workflowy Support (Sasha)

    Hi Julia, Art was concerned about new product features not being developed as quickly as he'd like. Workflowy is far from stagnating or "failing". Please read our blog as I had suggested to Art earlier for some insight into current and previous developments.

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    Art Gelwicks

    Yes please don't read too far into my comments. Having been in the Productivity space for as long as I have I worry (sometimes unnecessarily) when I see a strong product not achieving the growth and support it deserves. Communication is a key to success in this crowded marketplace and it is a good thing to hear that plans are still in motion.

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    rmg

    Whatever. Haters gonna hate. Patience, virtue, Etc. You have developed a incredibly powerful information management tool. It's truly is a wonderful product. Looking forward to the updates. Keep up the good work. Thank you!

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    Mary Pellicer

    Just was introduced to this platform. I am loving it. More hyperlink support would be great. Thanks to you developers for putting your idea into a form that we all can use and benefit from. Love that I can use this to collaborate since my business is me and my partner.

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    Chen Zvi

    Diigo has an outliner feature that closely resembles Workflowy - In the outliner you can add from your bookmark library a link, and it automatically uses that site title as a hyperlink. You then are able to edit that title.

    I would love for workflowy to have hyperlinks!!! (and automatic ones). if it had, I would use it instead of Diigo as a link and web research outliner (even if I would need to write a script importing all the bookmarks in)

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    superbeedge

    @Art Gelwicks Part of the reason I like workflowy is the lack of feature proliferation which get in the way of what I want to do.  The beauty of the product is its purity.  Reminders are the main issue for me, and maybe the best approach for other stuff are features you can turn on or off.

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    Matt Hulse

    I was thinking about ways to implement this feature without changing the interface too much because I really like how simple and flexible Workflowy is.  This is what I came up with: https://workflowy.com/s/nr17A8nzC7

    Essentially, use a markdown like syntax but define the hyperlink label and target in a child rather than changing the user interface.

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    Alex Pasternak

    Making up a new syntax just for a specific tool is a really bad idea, sorry. Even though I'm sure you put a lot of thought into this. If nothing else, just use that part of Markdown syntax, which a lot of people already know. Reinventing something is not the way to go.

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    Matt Hulse

    Okay, use exactly markdown syntax, I don't really care. That wasn't the point of the suggestion. The point was to decorate links based on child contents rather than to complicate the interface in order to edit links inline.

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    Bernhard Groll

    I just want to voice my support for this feature. Many of my lists collect items that should link to specific web sites and writing the URL, which to me is meta information that should not be seen, as note below the item text really clutters up the page.

    For a UI integration that is least intrusive I would suggest “select and press shortcut” as already used for formatting (e.g. italic). This could open a simple text input field for the URL hovering next to the selected text. Pressing the same shortcut inside already linked text would allow editing the URL or removing the link by leaving the field empty.

    Detecting a link entered as Markdown syntax (“[title](url)”) or similar would also be nice. I am not too particular about the implementation as long as a few basic rules are considered:

    • No storing of the URL as part of the list (e.g. a subnode).
    • No new control elements visible on the page.
    • No mouse necessary.

    I am glad to hear that you have this feature on your to do list and will be awaiting patiently its arrival. Thank you for an otherwise fantastic app.

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    Mike Utecht

    In gmail I can hyperlink any text by highlighting the text and then press control K in Windows to open up a box for inserting the hyperlink.  Very simple and very effective.  It would also be great to have this as a right click feature.

     

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    eyevo

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    Update
    : Just found out that e.g tel://+491234567 is already an accepted url scheme by workflowy. Don't know why it did not work the last time, but wonderful that it is working now :-)

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    I use a Voip-softphone and even have a contact list in workflowy.

    So it would be fantastic if not only http and https urls were supported but also tel, sip and callto urls.

    Thus I could click on a phone number and the browser would send me directly to the softphone application.

    I am looking forward to your new features! :-)

    Cheers,
    Marcel

    Edited by eyevo
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    Michael Acevedo

    When are you implementing this??? is Workflowy still been developed? I wanted to buy it today, but it lacks so many features and I found many posts like this saying that they will be implemented, but there is no way to know if they will actually happen

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    Deb

    I'm looking forward to using this feature.  My lists are filled with extremely long urls and I want to avoid using url shorteners. Thanks.

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    Guillermo Ermel

    I totally support simple text links! Love, love, love workflowy. I use it because it goes without interrupting my flow of mind. Keep it up! 

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    Sk Chung

    +1

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    Will Dobson

    Any update on the ability to add a hyperlink to selected text (CTRL+K in OneNote is helpful and would be very welcome) ? Is Workflowy still being supported/updated? (Hope so...)

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    Poorvi Kaushik

    This feature would be amazing to have!

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    Juan Gonzalez
    1. I don't like the idea of using Markdown for creating links and I don't see how that would be a good thing. I think it would feel smoother and cleaner for users to simply select the text and hit a keyboard shortcut or click a button to add a link and then type the target address, instead of having text translating in and out of another syntax.
    2. It would be sweet if hyperlinks copied from elsewhere into Workflowy would remain a hyperlink.
    3. I like very much the idea of the same node being present in two places, like a synced copy, but that feels like the same thing and not a copy. I use Workflowy everyday as a notebook to re-write everything I read and I often feel the urge to see certain information in more than one context—which is not possible today.

    There are ways my brain urges to see and relate to information and currently can't, and nº 3 above is just one example. For me Workflowy is a digital notebook. It's about relating to information. For learning, thinking, connecting. Putting everything in context makes things memorable and exciting. I read a book and it doesn't get lost, it's there in workflowy all my notes, a summary of the book, very close to me all the time, and within the context of its topic. And I can zoom in and out of topics and place all my knowledge in context that I can navigate within. That's something new in my life that I'm loving to experience. Workflowy has the digital advantage of being fluid, dynamic, which paper ain't—yet, and the right interface that allows for that fluidity to be controlled by a human being in an intuitive way. But I believe this digital interface can become even more fluid and more powerful as a learning tool.

    Edited by Juan Gonzalez
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