Implicit link in preview mode creates new file instead of opening web page

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Steps to reproduce

  1. Open any file in the sandbox vault (“Start Here” is fine).
  2. Ensure that Obsidian is in Preview Mode
  3. Write [test-link-google][] (as raw text; without the backticks) on a separate line
  4. Write [test-link-google]: (as raw text; without the backticks) on a separate line
  5. While the caret is not on this line, click on the rendered “test-link” link.

Expected result

Obsidian should open open the link in a web browser.

Actual result

Obsidian creates a new file named [].


  • Operating system: Windows 11 Pro (22621.819)
  • Debug info:
	Obsidian version: v1.0.3
	Installer version: v1.0.3
	Operating system: Windows 10 Pro 10.0.22621
	Login status: logged in
	Catalyst license: none
	Insider build toggle: off
	Live preview: on
	Legacy editor: off
	Base theme: dark
	Community theme: none
	Snippets enabled: 0
	Restricted mode: on


Additional information

Reference-style links only work in reading view, not editing view.

My apologies.
I did a search before posting, but the results I found wasn’t related to this particular issue. I see now that I have not done a thorough enough search.

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Nothing to apologize for!