Bear Notes

How to copy and paste URLs as plain text into Bear Notes

Change this setting in Bear Notes to paste links as unformatted text from the clipboard.
Elizabeth Butler 2 min read
How to copy and paste URLs as plain text into Bear Notes
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Why I use Bear Notes for note taking

I currently use Bear Notes as the backbone of my own personal knowledge management system. I chose it because I appreciate its minimalist aesthetic, super fast loading speed, and seamless sync between MacBook, iPad, and iPhone. I’m always enjoying figuring out ways to make note capture just a little more frictionless and easy.

One little detail that kept slowing me down was that Bear Notes defaulted to pasting URLs as Markdown-formatted links which included the title of the link itself.

This is sometimes a helpful feature, but I often found myself manually converting the URL to plain text, or choosing Paste From -> Plain text in the right click context menu. I figured there must be a better way.

After a quick investigation into the settings, I was happy to discover that there is an option to turn off formatted links in Bear, and to simply copy and paste as plain text links by default. I thought I'd share this setting change here in case anyone else is wondering how to take away this piece of friction in their own personal knowledge management system.

How to paste URLs in plain text by default in Bear Notes

Head over to Bear -> Preferences, and toggle the “Auto fill title when pasting web addresses” off. Done!

Turn off "auto fill title when pasting web addresses" in Bear Notes

Resources and further reading

A huge thanks to these Bear Notes App Reddit forum posts for pointing me in the right direction!

If you're looking for ways to upgrade your Bear Notes note taking setup in general, you might enjoy these advanced tips on searching, templates, and automations from the Bear Notes blog:

Wishing you all the best in your personal knowledge management journey!


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