I was trying to delete a link and replace it with the description in org mode. And I thought there would be a command to do it. But I could not find one.

There is a solution here. But the question is dated. So, I thought I would ask again.

Is not there a built-in solution to remove the link but retain the description?

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Just C-c C-l on the link and C-a C-k in the minibuffer to delete the link part will do it..

This used to produce an error before Org mode version 9.4, but it no longer does (see commit https://code.orgmode.org/bzg/org-mode/commit/6d62c76d2).

  • @NickD Thanks. It works. Though, a bit cumbersome. I wish there were a one command solution to the problem.
    – deshmukh
    May 10, 2021 at 8:28
  • Please thank @nichijou. He provided the answer: I just chased down the commit. As for a one-command solution, I doubt that there is much demand for it, but you can always write a function that does what the answer indicates and bind it to a key of your choice.
    – NickD
    May 10, 2021 at 12:04
  • ... or you could define a keyboard macro, name it, bind it to a key and save it for future sessions.
    – NickD
    May 10, 2021 at 13:45
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    I figured it was a change in lisp/ol.el since it was a change in link behavior. In my clone of the Org mode git repo, I then did git log --oneline -- lisp/ol.el. It was a bit of luck that I guessed right about lisp/ol.el, but the thirteenth commit from the top said "ol.el: Allow to remove the link part of a link" - bingo! I then took the SHA1 of it and found it in the "official" git repo (it's always at the URL in the link above - you just have to replace the commit ID with the one you want).
    – NickD
    May 10, 2021 at 14:22
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    @nichijou Thanks. I had two @ mentions in my earlier comment. Apparently, that was not allowed. And your name got deleted accidentally. I will be more careful.
    – deshmukh
    May 11, 2021 at 8:19

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