Dragging-and-dropping external files with CTRL doesn't produce file links

Dragging-and-dropping external files with the intention of linking them doesn’t result in anything on MacOS

Steps to reproduce

  1. Use Obsidian (on MacOS ?)
  2. Drag any document outside the vault from Finder into an Obsidian note while pressing the control or command key

Expected result

According to this description, a properly-escaped link to the file should appear in the document, rather than copying the file and embedding it.

Actual result

Nothing happens (also tested in safe mode)


  • Operating system: MacOS 12.3
  • Debug info: SYSTEM INFO:
    Obsidian version: v0.14.15
    Installer version: v0.14.2
    Operating system: Darwin Kernel Version 21.4.0: Fri Mar 18 00:47:26 PDT 2022; root:xnu-8020.101.4~15/RELEASE_ARM64_T8101 21.4.0
    Login status: not logged in
    Insider build toggle: off
    Live preview: on
    Legacy editor: off
    Base theme: light
    Community theme: Minimal
    Snippets enabled: 0
    Safe mode: off
    Plugins installed: 19
    Plugins enabled: 17
    1: Note Refactor
    2: Mind Map
    3: Minimal Theme Settings
    4: Dictionary
    5: Quick Switcher++
    6: Pandoc Plugin
    7: Markdown Formatting Assistant
    8: Ozan’s Image in Editor Plugin
    9: Tag Wrangler
    10: Outliner
    11: LanguageTool Integration
    12: Advanced Tables
    13: Linter
    14: Paste URL into selection
    15: Tasks
    16: Style Settings
    17: Contextual Typography

Additional information

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