Inserting an external link in Xd

Community Beginner ,
Apr 19, 2018 Apr 19, 2018

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Hello,

I'm trying to insert an external link to a button in Xd (a web site URL or an e-mail adres) and can't find the function. Is there an option to do that in Xd?

Please help!!

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Adobe Employee , Apr 20, 2018 Apr 20, 2018
Hi everyone, Thank you for reaching out and sharing your feedback. We understand your eagerness for this feature. If you're visiting this thread for the first time, please submit your feedback here: Link to external URLs – Adobe XD Feedback : Feature Requests & Bugs and upvote the request. As a workaround, you can check out the "Anima Plugin" in the XD plugin panel that can help you with linking to an external URL. Once you have the plugin installed, select the object in your design and clic...

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Explorer ,
Jun 03, 2020 Jun 03, 2020

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This is a very good way of thinking!

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Explorer ,
Jun 03, 2020 Jun 03, 2020

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I have trouble with the VERY BIG FILE SIZE of my prototypes. If I build one entire software prototype in just one XD file it will become very big, I'll start having trouble with my hardware witch get very slow on doing simple tasks. If I build 1 file for each feature or screen of my software and link them with a external link, this problem is solved. My files would become smaller and my computer would work fine without slowing on simple tasks like create a button or a card. 

 

I thnik nobody wanna build a software or a website in a PROTOTYPING tool, but the PROTOTYPING tool need solve simple questions like the need of build a BIG PROTOTYPE. 

And look ... this is so easy! You already have something like that in Adobe AC

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New Here ,
Nov 10, 2020 Nov 10, 2020

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Hi there, 

I thought of a simple way to make it seem like a link has been added. I used social media icons as jpg images (for example Pinterest) and linked from the social media icon to an external page by simply taking a screenshot of the external page (in this instance, my Pinterest page) and copy + pasted it to another artboard in xd. I found that if doing this, it is best to place the 'external link artboard' underneath your main work as this doesn't seem to interfere with the main body of work. 

Hope this helps 😊

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New Here ,
Dec 03, 2020 Dec 03, 2020

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Bump. I'm surprised this isn't a feature already... and also sadly unsurprised that this isn't implemented when there are 3 pages of requests already lol.

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New Here ,
Jan 14, 2021 Jan 14, 2021

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I am frankly baffled as to why this is wasn't an MVP feature for a PROTOTYPING application. It would be like selling a phone which is capable of dialing numbers 2-9 but if you need 1 or 0... sorry you'll need a plugin for that.

I like Adobe products in general and I am not trying to come off as crass or rude. However, core feature holes such as this one, multi year response times, and the fact that components are still completely broken and unusable in a heavily marketed production build of XD are why Figma is going to eat your lunch in this vertical Adobe.

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New Here ,
Feb 06, 2021 Feb 06, 2021

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This is top of my search results, and according to commenters, clearly isn't fixed.  The "correct answer" is linking to a feature request from FIVE years ago, still not implemented.  Sorry Adobe, I'm moving onto your competitors, as this is not the first lack of basic features I have come across, but it is the most obvious. Hyperlinking is literally the first and foremost element that made up the internet, and if you cannot see how important it is within a wireframing tool, you are missing out.

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Explorer ,
Feb 06, 2021 Feb 06, 2021

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Figma is so much more useful, open, and intuitive to use. Plus you can do basic things such as hyperlinking. There is literally no reason at all to use XD. I would even go so far as to say that using XD is a career risk due to lack of basic features, broken features etc. One could ask the XD product teams to explain themselves but it is clear that no one on the XD team reads the support threads. 

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New Here ,
Feb 09, 2021 Feb 09, 2021

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I don't get why this isn't something we can use.

 

I'm not talking about using external links to mimic a live site for users, this is about an easy way to communicate with devs where links need to go.

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New Here ,
Mar 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021

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I wish I never switched to xd from figma. It's such a disappointment.
Everytime I google for not so complicated feature that already exist elsewhere i end up on the page 
"Please vote for it and it will come in a next decade"

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Explorer ,
Apr 29, 2021 Apr 29, 2021

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Our team lead recently left to join Adobe. I sent him a link to this thread. I would want to know about this in watched support issue if it were me building a product like this.

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New Here ,
Jun 29, 2021 Jun 29, 2021

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Adobe is literally getting behind.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 04, 2021 Jul 04, 2021

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Hi there,

 

We're so sorry for the delay. Let me assure you that our Engineering team is working on this feature and you'll surely see an improvement in future releases.

 

Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions or feedback.

 

Regards

Rishabh

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New Here ,
Jul 27, 2021 Jul 27, 2021

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The answer to the question is to switch to a professional tool like figma or sketch and uninstall XD. XD can't even create lists and MANY other BASIC text content let alone add interactive components to your layout. XD is a joke of an application and is so far behind other alternatives. XD reminds me of when Adobe couldn't compete with Macromedia for web design and editing tools, so they just bought them. Adobe should do the same now because XD is not cutting it.  

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Explorer ,
Jul 30, 2021 Jul 30, 2021

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Adobe! Please take this product off of the market! it is time wasting garbage for this industry. We all love Photoshop and illustrator for historical reasons but please stop marketing this crap! 

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Explorer ,
Jul 30, 2021 Jul 30, 2021

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If you are using Adobe tools you are doing it wrong. Says someone who has used said tools for 20yrs.

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Jul 30, 2021 Jul 30, 2021

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After effects is pretty cool though. Agreed about XD. Im using Figma.

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