How to get rid of the annoying expandable hyperlinks on Slack

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Slack recently made a minor change to the way it handles links that’s been driving me insane. I’m talking about expandable hyperlinks.

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You might’ve noticed that if you copy-paste a snippet of text with a hyperlink, Slack now keeps the formatting, and you can actually click on the hyperlink once you post. The problem is that along with the hyperlink, you’ll also get a link preview — and if you copy-paste a lot of paragraphs with hyperlinks, those expansions get annoying real quick.

Here’s what I’m talking about:

That’s three (!!!) link previews in one copy-pasted paragraph.

One way to deal with this nuisance is to disable expanding links from settings altogether. The thing is: I like expanding links when I intentionally insert a link, but I find it annoying when it happens when I’m pasting a snippet of texts that includes a hyperlink I’m too lazy to remove manually.

Of course, I can always manually close the preview once pasted, but that’s one extra click (per hyperlink) I’m not willing to make. The pleasure of copy-pasting is that I don’t have to do anything. So I want an equally effortless solution.

Unfortunately, you won’t find a solution to this problem in settings, but there’s an old workaround you can take advantage of: Copy-pasting without formatting.

Here’s how it’s done:

  • Copy any snippet of text as you normally would.
  • Open Slack.
  • Paste the text holding Command + Shift + V (or Control + Shift + V on Windows).
  • Boom, the text is pasted but stripped of any formatting.

No hyperlinks. No unwanted previews. Glorious.

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