Link From Document to Document On Your Mac

There is no native functionality to link from inside one document to another. However, you can use a clever Shortcut to allow this. You can link from inside a Pages document to another Pages document, or to a Numbers file, or Numbers to Numbers, and so on.

Comments: 13 Responses to “Link From Document to Document On Your Mac”

    Claudio Silvaggi
    8 months ago

    Awesome... thanks brother!

    nick
    8 months ago

    Thx Gary, I remember asking you this question on how to link a cell in Numbers to a file. I made a suggestion on this to Apple. As a long time Excel user, which has this functionality built-in, I used this feature a lot, for example when I created a list of reports in Excel and hyperlinked them to the actual file. Surprised that Apple hasn't built this in their apps.

    George
    8 months ago

    Gary: I appreciate the effort you made in this video, explaining all the false paths that you had to traverse to get to the solution. I have processes that I struggle to recall, and this technique allows me to document them with a control panel that allows me direct observation of the parts of a flow, with directories, apps, files, config files, and the like to have better visibility into the processes I am creating.

    Aeryn
    8 months ago

    Hey Gary, Is there a chance you could share some of the URL schemes for other applications? Like Contacts and Photos.

    Dan Perry
    8 months ago

    Gary - thanks for this! I see all kinds of dashboard uses and file linking! Can we do backlinks as well? Great job, Gary … as usual !

    8 months ago

    Aeryn: Just search on the web for them. There is a complex command you can use to list them all in Terminal. Search and you'll find it pretty easily.

    8 months ago

    Dan: No, backlinks would require a more complex system that remembers where you came from. Since you are jumping apps, that would be pretty complex.

    Dom
    8 months ago

    Hello Super-Maestro Gary, I created a shortcut and saved it as an App. It opens Numbers, allows changes and then opens Calendar where it creates a new item, with a Calendar dialogue box between the two to refine the Calendar entry. It was my way of streaming projects into actions, and not relying on Atlassian/Jira!! i.e. A homemade Gannt of sorts!... Let me know if you'd like a play with it... Still LOVING 'Clips' Thank you for you being you! :) WD

    Kelly
    7 months ago

    I discovered another way to copy pathnames to a TextFile. Select the files in Finder. Drag to TextFile. The pathname is placed in the TextFile. I find this to be the easiest way to copy pathnames into TextFile.

    Hoolig
    3 months ago

    Dom: ur idear sounds smart, i am kind of looking for a tool for project management. can you show how you play with it and embeded it into daily workflow. Thank you

    3 months ago

    Hoolig: Sorry, I don't use any project management software so I can't be of much help with that.

    Dhs
    6 days ago

    Mr. Gary as a student i find it really helpful but I don’t use mac. I have an iPad! Now I can’t find the shell script option in the iPad shortcuts app. So if the shortcut which was created on mac can be shared, used and edited on iPad then would mind sharing the shortcut itself so that I can run it on my iPad. I would like your help if that’s possible. Waiting to hear your response .

    6 days ago

    Dhs: This is a Shortcut for Mac. It won't work on the iPad. Shell scripting isn't possible on the iPhone or iPad, only the Mac.

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