Linking to Files on your Computer

Scapple can store hyperlinks in notes, and since links can point to files on your computer, they are as open to you as link 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 either of these instructions:

Linking from written text

  1. Select the text within a note that will be linked, and use the Edit ▸ Add Link... (⌘L Mac, Ctrl+Shift+L Windows) menu command.
  2. Mac only: In the text field where the URL will be added, type in the file protocol: file:// with no spaces after it.
  3. 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.
  4. Click the OK button.

If you simply want a note on the board to serve as a link, then you can simply drop the file right into the board, to have a link created to it automatically. Note that if you intend to link anything that is classified as an image or text file, then you will need to use the first technique, as Scapple will otherwise presume you mean to import the text or image rather than link to a file.

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