Create Hyperlinks

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    WorkFlowy Support

    Hey yall. This is Jesse, and we are going to do hyperlinks. In fact, we recently did a bunch of technical work to enable them (they were blocked for that reason).

    We're removing the untrue comments about things I didn't say :)

    For anyone new to this thread, someone pretended to quote me that I hated hyperlinks, and it started a bit of a fire. For the record, I actually love hyperlinks. They're delightful.

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    Jean-Baptiste Dayez

    An idea would be to let the user choose how he wants his links to appear (shortened or not).

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    David McHealy

    I agree, I've wanted this in the past.  Perhaps steal something from markdown.  Displaying any text of the format [link](*://*) as a hyperlink would be grand.  If I need to edit it, I can easily just deleted it and remake it from scratch.

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    nibirong

    Agree. It will be very nice to provide some small function moudles for user to custom.

    I love the clean design of Workflowy: Just lists (Indent/outdent/zoom in/zoom out/expand/collapse) ,tags(@,#) and Star can be used for anyone to meet multiple demand. Amazing!

    But the output and disappear are not my agreeables. I'm a big fun of markdown, and the links showed in workflowy real ugly.So ,please, consider the function that  the markdown output or shortened URL carefully.

     

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    nishant

    +1

    Would love to have this feature. Explicit URLs are cluttering my pages.

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    Ilya Grigorik

    Would *love* to see support for linking and strong +1 for markdown syntax `[link text](http://...)`. Currently you have to default to nesting to save hyperlinks, but that's gets really gnarly and painful when links are long and interfere with other content.

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    Matthew Dix

    This would be extremely helpful.

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    Mark Nolan

    +1

    Maybe an additional 'Link name' menu option could be shown if an item consists only of a hyperlink

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    Sarah L Duncan

    I'm a new workflowy user, and it would be so great to be able to keep all my favorite links in workflowy.  Ironically, even the text box I'm using for this comment makes it super easy to add a link!

    I have links in chrome that are supposedly synchronized, but never work right, so I have a page at work in Confluence, but that's a pain in the neck to edit, and besides it doesn't have the wonderful zooming capabilities of workflowy.  Then I started a wordpress blog to keep all my links in, but it doesn't really work that great either, precisely because there's no way to zoom/expand and contract the list.  I *love* workflowy.  Zooming is brilliant!  I feel like it's actually life changing because it helps me stay on task at work amid all the massive number of distractions we all now face. 

    So being able to have all of my important links in one place that's easy to use would be yet another way workflowy changes my life. 

    Thanks!!!!!

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    Ryan Cuthbertson

    I too really miss being able to insert hyperlinks like I can in Google Docs or even in simple macOS TextEdit. I only ask that WorkFlowy doesn’t do it by having two versions of text (syntax/Markdown version and rendered version) and jumping between them whenever we go to edit text. It is too disorienting and ugly. I know other online outliners do it like that but I really don’t like it. WYSIWYG is better. Thanks

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    Erial

    +1

    Hyperlinks are necessary. Explicit urls affect the simplicity of Workflowy. It's evident that if they haven't done is because they are not interested. But, why?

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    Aldo de Moor

    That is really ridiculous. I am a total fan of WorkFlowy, but here Jesse seems to totally misunderstand the essence of the web. I use WorkFlowy for everything, including lots of project documentation for clients. Explicit hyperlinks are extremely ugly, unprofessional looking, and unnecessary in documentation. So, please WorkFlowy, get your act together and listen to your long-time customers and fans!

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    Sean

    This. +1.

    It sounds like it's not going to happen, but I just wanted to plead with you guys at WorkFlowy.  Jesse, I know that we don't know each other, but: please, please, please.  The inability to embed links behind text (essentially just re-titling the link rather than requiring me to call it whatever the link itself says) is the one thing that makes it impossible for me to use WorkFlowy exclusively.  WorkFlowy is otherwise the holy grail of helping me organize my thoughts and finally migrate my (what feels like) 3 billion thoughts and snippets of information into a structured place that actually works the way my mind works.  I am literally begging you to support this.

    Just one last appeal to reason - the whole beauty of WorkFlowy is that it allows all of us users to organize and structure our thoughts in the way that works for our brains, rather than the typical modern tech-tool design philosophy of "you must think in the way that my product forces you to."  The way that words look on a page and their spacial relationship to each other is hugely important to some people, including myself.  Without the ability to effectively re-title [http://www.string] into the shorthand or descriptor that my brain uses to think about it, you are forcing me to think the way that you do instead of the way that I do.

    Why would you impose your personal views about hyperlinks on me, requiring me to adopt your philosophy about them, rather than supporting the underlying mission of WorkFlowy to help people organize their thoughts in the way that works for their brains?

    Please.  Please.  You can reach out to me and I will beg you over the phone, or honestly I will come beg you on my knees in person if necessary.  I first found WorkFlowy 8 years ago, couldn't remember the name for so long, and finally found it again last week, but this is the one issue that prevents me from doing a full migration and hooking my brain into WorkFlowy completely.  Please.

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    Franz-Peter Steiner

    +100 :-) for Markdown in notes

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    Rich Carlson

    +1

    For me, the full URLs diminish the readability.  

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    Daniel Meyer

    Please add this ability, links are really cluttering up my page also.  Very simple, huge benefit.

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    Sarah L Duncan

    As great as I think Workflowy is, I too am moving to Dynalist because of this.

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    Deleted Account

    Hi,

     

    Just making fresh activity to let the developers know that this is still very much needed.

    If anyone has any trick for meanwhile, please share.

    Currently, i'll be using bitly.com to atleast shorten my links.

     

    Thanks!

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    Max Yakin Bozek

    +1

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    Daniel Meyer

    Yes, please.  Simple, I would think, and massive value.

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