How to cancel the automatic hyperlink of a URL

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    Deb

    Yes! I've also seen weird stuff when copying/pasting into a note to be considered a hyperlink and I can't seem to remove it by any simple means.

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hi folks!

    You can cut the text with an embedded hyperlink and paste using Ctrl+Shift+V to paste without formatting...

     

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    BIAN

    @Frank

    For content that only contains URLs, I have tried plain pasting on both macOS and Windows, but the hyperlink is still automatically generated. 

    Even for those manually entered URLs, a simple space will generate a hyperlink.

    Eg: "www.test.com (a space here) blablabla... other content (another space here)", Both of these spaces will cause the URL to automatically form a hyperlink.

    Considering that this is not a serious problem, I just want to confirm whether there are settings that I don't know about.

    So be it. ;-)

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hi Bian,

    There is no way currently to not render a link as a clickable link in WorkFlowy.

     

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    Elliott Edwards

    Thanks for pointing out the ctrl+shift+v

     

    I also needed to clear a link. In my case i had a bullet that was a mix of pasted components to a command line parameter involving URLs. By pasting bits of URL to compose the result, I ended up with https://A/mix/of/links. As suggested, i cut the mix and then ctrl+shift+v (unformatted paste) to get a single hyperlink.

    So i am good, but this is indeed a case where I didn't actually want/need a hyperlink, and the automatic detection (when not something i can disable case by case) just made it harder to edit the command.

    Of course there are other tools/editors for this sort of thing, and it is easy to workaround, but please consider this to be another reference point of anecdotal usage. I kinda expected it to work somewhat like MS word et. al where i can right click on an automatically formatted hyperlink and "remove link" to turn it back to plain text.

    Thanks for your consideration!

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    Deb

    Yes this! "where i can right click on an automatically formatted hyperlink and "remove link" to turn it back to plain text." Well said, Elliott. Thanks.

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    matrello

    The copy unformatted text key combination doesn't work on Mac (opt+cmd+shift+v). And how it was supposed to work anyway, since the text in the clipboard is not formatted on the first place?

    It's a pretty annoying thing, I've got my notes with weird links here and there, and no way to remove them.

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hi there,

    @matrello, could you give some examples of weird links you've got?

    We currently can't turn a hyperlink into plain text. Anything with a "x://" protocol or a ".com" (etc.) or a .de, .uk, .za (and hundreds of other country domain suffixes) will create a hyperlink, as it does in other apps. We've done this for the last decade+

    I have logged this as something for the team to consider, though :-)

    ~Frank

     

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    matrello

    Hi Frank,

    it's ok that you create hyperlinks as you're doing for a decade, that's not the point. The point is that you can't remove them and I don't remember now any other app where you actually can't.

    This is an example of weird links inside my notes:

    Select Id, Subscription__r.Contact__r.Name, Subscription__r.Cours__r.CoursCatalog__r.Name from Inscription_Module__c where Module__c IN (list of modules related to the class record)

    So in a node where I take note of some queries, you can imagine how it looks and how complicated is to walk through them without having the browser popping up!

     

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hi @matrello,

    Have you considered a combination of WorkFlowy and text files until this feature request picks up steam?

    We are also planning on making code blocks in the near future, which may serve in many scenarios...

    ~Frank

     

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    matrello

    Yes absolutely Frank, there are many workarounds for my use case, including linking codepen and the like. The miss is that I'd not be able to filter by my queries (ex. looking at all queries related to Module__c), that's why I resist until link removal or code blocks. :)

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    BIAN

    Hello @matrello, I asked this question a few months ago, and currently use a temporary solution to handle automatic links: Use the stylus plugin to hide the hyperlinks of workflowy content.

    This is certainly not a perfect solution, after all, it cancels all hyperlinks. But for programmers (such as myself), this is an acceptable solution.

    In addition, @Frank, the function of automatic hyperlink is very good, but it deviates from my expectations of using workflowy. I think workflowy is a service that allows users to abandon styles and focus on text content and outline structure. However, the automatic hyperlink function performed behaviors beyond my expectations: it forced me to pay attention to this special content (ie, the web page address) and interrupted the smooth writing process. In other words, all content should be equal, unless the user actively adds emphasized formatting (such as bold, underline, etc.).

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hi Bian,

    A WorkFlowy/Text file would be a match made in heaven for you :-)

     

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    BIAN

    Org-mode?! ;-)

    To be honest, I think Workflowy is the best choice for the public (including me). And it has greatly improved my work efficiency, thank you for your development! @Frank 

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    Peter

    I thought I'd just add a vote for enabling the option to remove hyperlinks - it's annoying to have them in a list, as trying to click on text to select it can result in the browser trying to open web pages, and it's pretty standard in word-processing apps to have the option to remove links.

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    J S Cowperthwaite

    +1 for being able to remove links, it makes no sense not to have this as an option. If I type www.example.com it automatically creates a link ... but often with what I do, I don't want the link, don't need it and don't want the hassle for when I go to edit and accidentally click on the link and launch my browser. 

    I've tried editing the link and deleting the text, but that doesn't work.

    I agree it's pretty standard to have a way to remove links, so please can we have that?

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    Tara Harwood

    Just another person screaming with the chorus here.  Many many programs will automatically hyperlink text, but I cannot think of a single one where you couldn't unlink the text no matter what.   It means I just can't use Workflowy for an important technical documentation project, which is awful bc it would be so useful!  

    Workflowy is popular with technical workers, but now you have broken the ability to use any filename or IP address without cluttering the outline with unusable links.  You already have the UI to edit the link ... I just want to be able to clear out the URL field in that box and have the text unlink, just like it works it every other program.  I love the ability to hyperlink when I want to, but this forced linking is quite unwelcome, and has turned the feature into a negative for me.

    We are making a reasonable request here.

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    Tara Harwood

    I think it is amusing that here on this forum, I can link and unlink text to my hearts content!  I can use the link button to set a URL, and then if I clear the URL, the text is unlinked again.  Why can't we have that?

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hi Tara!

    The screaming woke me this morning before my alarm. Eventually I found where it was coming from. I will post your comment for the team to deliberate on and will add my personal recommendation.

    ~Frank

     

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    Barbara Postman

    One more voice to be able to get rid of hyperlinks and also, recently, I not only get an automatic hyperlink, but - if it is pointing to a YouTube video - I get a large icon preview of the video. Then, if I accidently click on it, it launches the video itself.  This has risen to a high level of annoyance. I would like to know others who have a workaround for this. 

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hi Barbara!

    You can disable YouTube embeds in your Settings menu under the "Embeds" section.

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    Rich Otley
    Code blocks support coming soon?

    (see what I did there?)

     

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hi Rich,

    We don't have a timeline... but we know we'd like to build code blocks. We're making headway in several things at the moment... including a trash feature for users to restore their own deleted data, image and file backup to dropbox, a bunch more search operators for color, etc. (implemented but we're going to put out a autocomplete helper for these, which is working internally)... auto creation of [[new pages]] for backlinks... and a bunch of other things that people are scolding us for not having. We will get there!

     

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