Paste URL to add a link to selected text

Creating a link with a []() syntax is great, but is a bit of a chunk of syntax. Recently a new gesture has been noticed: if a user has some text selected and performs a paste gesture with a URL in the clipboard, then instead of overwriting the text with the URL, the selected text becomes the link text with the URL taken from the clipboard. I.e. [Originally selected text](

The false positive when the user does not mean that should be rare, whereas the effort saved building a link manually is immense.

It’s now universally adopted in the GitHub UI as well as

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In dynalist and GMail and Google docs etc (and even this forum) the hotkey is to highlight the text then CTRL + K