Make document links title of linked document

I’m not sure if this is possible. I searched the User Manual and the Forums, but I can’t find anything about this. I want my document links to only show the title of the linked document. As it stands right now, links are a long string of a file path and a jumble of numbers.

If I make a link to “Document A” I want the link in the text to simply say “Document A” in blue underlined link format.

Is this possible? If so, how do I do it?



Edit / Text tidying second function

Or drag and drop from the binder to the editor instead of using the little popup.

I am surprised by the result you get, got to say, though. (You might be using the command wrong (?))

Oh, neat!

Dragging the document into the other document works perfectly!

I was right clicking the document in the binder and selecting “copy document link” and that is what was making the long string of a link.

Thanks for the quick response!

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I see.
Yeah, no, that’s the last thing you want to do. (You weren’t linking to the document, per say. Rather to its file on your hard drive.)

For future reference, try the Edit → Link to Document command instead.

Copy Document Link gives a URL-like string that can be used by other programs, not just Scrivener. (Link to Document does this too, behind the scenes, but also attaches the string to the link text.)

Yeah I don’t know why the right-click menu is so shy about what that does, when the Edit ▸ Copy Special ▸ Copy Document as External Link is a lot more difficult to get confused with any other kind of linking. You might not know what that command means, but you can at least guess that it isn’t going to create, in the jargon of the software itself, a Document Link, like the thing you get when you use Edit ▸ Link to Document.

At any rate, check out §10.1.1, Creating Internal Links, in the user manual PDF. There are a lot of ways to make links between things in Scrivener! One does not even require you to lift a finger, as it uses the somewhat standard, [[Name of thing]] convention, which can indeed also be used to make links to things to do not exist before you start typing it.