I am sure it is somewhere in the forum or in the help, but I tried finding it for hours… Somehow I turned off the automatic link conversion so that a URL automatically turns into a link - and I want to turn it on again.
Where is this setting? I am desperate…
Thanks in advance for any help!
It’s in the Text Editing pane of Preferences - the “Smart links” checkbox towards the bottom.
Hope that helps.
All the best,
thanks for your reply. Unfortunately this doesn’t do the trick. The “Smart links” checkbox is turned on. Unchecking and checking it again did not help either…
Do you have any other idea?
Curious. First, are you using Leopard above? (Although the links button shouldn’t be available if you’re not.) Second, what happens if you restart Scrivener? And third, did you turn it on or off via the ctrl-click menu at all?
Yes, I run Snow Leo. The problem persists since a few weeks - so restartig Scrivener doesn’t change anything. I installed it on my laptop, where I got the problem and on my iMac, where everything works just fine. On the iMac, I run Leopard, though. When I turn the option off in the preferences on the iMac, automatic conversion is off - as expected. And when I turn it back on, conversion is on again - also as expected.
On the Snow Leo laptop I turned the option off some months ago, and re-activated it some weeks ago. But no matter what I do, link conversion denies to work.
I am not exactly sure what you mean with your third question. I use the “Smart Links” option in the preferences. When I ctrl-click on a text, I see no possibility to turn link conversion on or off?
Sorry for the hassle & thanks for your help,
Hmm, strange indeed. I’m wondering if it is working, but badly - I’ve noticed that on Snow Leopard smart linking seems a bit finicky. What happens if after a link, you backspace to the edge of the last letter of the link and then hit return or space? I have found that links don’t always get recognised the first time in 10.6. Certainly, if you paste a link in and then carry on typing, it doesn’t get recognised - I find I have to type, then backspace, then carry on typing. Very annoying, but unfortunately it’s Apple’s code that handles link detection. Could this be it? If you try fiddling around by backspacing and typing again, does it take, or is it absolutely not working at all?
Ah, I see! You are right, when I type the whole link in, link conversion works!
I have no idea why the folks at Apple changed this, it is verrrrry annoying! I use Scrivener for a lot of link-gathering, so I paste a lot of URLs to Scrivener.
But thanks for your help anyway - maybe it gets fixed with an update from Apple - or do you know of any trick I can use? When I paste e.g. "https://forum.literatureandlatte.com/t/automatic-link-conversion-off/7057/1 I can hit backspace & then space as often as I could, nothing happens. Even if I delete the last digit an re-enter it manually and hit space, nothing happens. Manually entering “www.example.com” works, though.
Argh, you’re right - that really is rubbish. Normally after deleting the last character and typing it again, it picks it up, but with forum links it still fails. It only works up to the .php - that is, if you delete back to the last letter of the .php and then type it and hit space, it picks it up, but all the other stuff throws it. I don’t know what they changed internally, but automatic links are really flakey now (I just tested this in TextEdit, by the way, not Scriv, because it’s the same). Maybe after 2.0 is out I’ll take a look to see if I can improve it myself, but I’m not keen as it means monitoring typing, and that can seriously slow things down if you get it wrong.
All the best,