Linking to Files on your Computer

Scapple has the capability of adding hyperlinks to ranges of text within notes, and through that ability the files on your computer are as open to you as targets, as locations on the Web. Links to the Web use the "http" protocol, and this is why they all start with the prefix http://. Another protocol exists which lets you address files on your computer, using a full path to that file. To create a link to a file, follow these instructions:

  1. Create a note and type in the title of the link as normal text.
  2. Select the text that will become the hyperlink, and use the Edit/Add Link... (Cmd-L Mac, Ctrl+Shift+L Windows) menu command.
  3. Mac only: In the text field where the URL will be added, type in the file protocol: file:// with no spaces after it.
  4. Drag and drop the file or folder you wish to link to into the text box. The full path will be printed in as part of the URL.
  5. Click the OK button.

Now you can click the link to load the item in its native program.