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Configure shortcut links

Shortcut links can only be used in the legacy editor.

Shortcut links provide a quick way of linking to resources that are frequently referenced from Confluence. When you create a shortcut link, you assign a key to an URL so that, when editing, a user can type just the key instead of the complete URL.

Example: creating a shortcut to Google

Most Google searches look like this: http://www.google.com/search?q=. If you create a shortcut for this search with the key 'google', every time a user needs to use http://www.google.com/search?q=searchterms, they can just type [searchterms@google] instead.

Shortcut links are created and maintained by Confluence site administrators from the Administration Console.

To create a shortcut link:

  1. Select (Settings) in the Confluence navigation.

  2. Choose Shortcut Links in the Settings panel on the left.

  3. Enter a Key for your shortcut.
    This is the shortcut name a user will use to reference the URL.

  4. Enter the Expanded Value.
    This is the URL for the link. You can use '%s' in the URL to specify where the user's input is inserted. If there is no '%s' in the URL, the user's input will be put at the end.

  5. Enter a Default Alias.
    This is the text of the link which will be displayed on the page where the shortcut is used, with the user's text being substituted for '%s'.

  6. Click Submit.

Enter a shortcut link on the Advanced tab of the Insert Link dialog.

Specify in the link what should be appended to the end of the shortcut URL, followed by an at sign (@) and the key of the shortcut. Shortcut names are case-insensitive. So, for example, using the key shown in the example above:

To link to...

Type this

Resulting URL


a Google search

Atlassian Confluence@Google


Atlassian Confluence@Google

Shortcut links are listed on the Shortcut Links tab of the Administration Console. Click Remove to delete the shortcut.

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