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Tip of the Day: Paste the URL, Not the Link, in Edge – Ask Leo!

Edge Share, Copy, Paste option

Edge share, copy, paste option. (Click for larger image.)

In a recent update, Edge began pasting links rather than URLs when you paste a URL.

Confusing, yes? OK, here’s the difference:

  • This is a link: Best Articles: a Collection – Ask Leo! — even though I only pasted the URL, Edge automatically fetched the title of the page and made it click-able link.
  • This is a URL: — that’s what I actually pasted into this page in both cases.

It’s surprising that Edge would make this change, I suppose, but not out of character. I know it surprised me.

There are two approaches: turn it off, or learn to live with it. I do the latter.

To turn it off, search Edge settings for “Share, copy and paste” and set it to Plain text.

To live with it, just hold Shift down when you paste, it’ll paste the plain text URL. Or don’t, and it’ll paste the link with title.

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