How to turn off replacing URLs with page titles in Trello? (solution)

Posted August 8th, 2021 in Misc. Tagged: , , .

In March 2021, Trello introduced in their web app a feature of auto-replacing any URL entered in a card description or a comment with the page title. But they forgot to provide a way to turn this function off.

Trello

Not only did it start to annoy users, but it started to cause serious problems. Users started giving feedback on the Atlassian Community forums.

A bug or a feature?

While some users might appreciate this function, there are many whose work has become more difficult with this update.

Why is it bad:

  • When you need to display URLs, you just can’t.
  • You can no longer copy and paste a comment with URLs (the title is pasted instead of the URL).
  • If you enter multiple versions of the URL for the same page (e.g. different parameters), Trello will display the same title for each item.
  • Trello web app forces your browser to visit each URL in order to retrieve its title. Some URLs should only be visited in certain situations.

And so on…

Trello displays page titles instead of URLs

How to turn this off?

Some workaround is to remove “https” or “http” from your links, so that they begin with “//”. Such URLs are displayed and clickable.

Also, Trello will display the entire URL once it’s included in backticks `. But it won’t be clickable.

It’s August 2021 already and Atlassian hasn’t mitigated the problem, or provided any answer in their forums.

The Solution

Fortunately, one of the tech savvy Trello users – Adam Cao of Tiny Power-Ups – has provided a working solution by creating a free Chrome Extension and Firefox Add-on.

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