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How to Auto Duplicate Templates in Notion: A Step-by-Step Guide

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How to Auto Duplicate Templates in Notion

Duplicating templates in Notion can be made effortless with a URL trick that automatically duplicates a template with a single click.

Instead of sending your people to a confusing template page, this guide will show you how to use the “?duplicate=true” shortcut in your Notion URLs to skip the template page altogether, and let them pick which workspace they want right away.

Step 1: Create or Identify Your Template

First, ensure that the template you want to duplicate is ready and accessible.

This could be any page in your Notion workspace that youโ€™ve set up as a template or that you want to share with someone easier.

Step 2: Share the Template Publicly

Next, the template needs to be publicly accessible to get the link for auto-duplication.

Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Page in Notion: Navigate to the Notion page that you want to duplicate.
  2. Share the Page: Click on the “Share” button at the top right corner of the page.
  3. Publish to Web: Move to the Publish tab and click Publish to generate a public URL for your template.

Congratulations! Your page is now live on the internet.

The generated link and should have the option to duplicate turned on by default, and can be used to duplicate the exact same page into anyone else’s workspace. BUT! That’s not the link we will be using for this trick.

Important Note:

The most important part of this step is using the actual link to the Notion page, not the published site link.

If you tried to use the “?duplicate=true” modifier on the link you generated, it sends the user to the first page in their favorites list instead of duplicating it, or even giving the option to.

Example of a Published Link:

When you publish a link, it looks something like this:

https://theproductive.notion.site/Learn-Notion-Basics-57a39566ee0049f8b21842f8075b5f3a?pvs=4

Notice that it uses “notion.site” in the URL. This link is intended for viewing only and does not support the “?duplicate=true” modifier.

Getting the Correct Link:

To find the correct link you can use either of these methods:

  1. Copy the Link Using Keyboard Shortcut: Press CTRL + L (or CMD + L on Mac) to copy the link to the actual Notion page.
  2. Copy the Link from Settings: Alternatively, click on the three-dot menu (โ‹ฎ) at the top right corner of the page and select “Copy link”.

This will be a link to the Notion page that will get the next modifier.

Step 3: Modify the URL

Once you have the correct public URL, you need to modify it to enable auto-duplication.

The format of the URL should look like this: https://www.notion.so/your-workspace-name/My-Template-Page-123ab

To enable auto-duplication, add “?duplicate=true” to the end of this URL.

Hereโ€™s an example: https://www.notion.so/myworkspace/My-Template-Page-123abc?duplicate=true

Step 4: Use the Modified URL

Now that you have the modified URL, you can share this link with anyone who needs to duplicate your template. When they click on the link, Notion will automatically create a duplicate of the template in their workspace.

Example

Hereโ€™s a step-by-step example to clarify the process:

  1. Original Public URL: Suppose your public URL is: https://www.notion.so/myworkspace/My-Template-Page-123abc
  2. Modified URL for Auto-Duplication: https://www.notion.so/myworkspace/My-Template-Page-123abc?duplicate=true

When users click on the modified link, they will see an option to select which workspace they want to duplicate the template into — all without needing to click any additional buttons.

Benefits of Using Auto-Duplicate Links

  1. Efficiency: Saves time by automating the duplication process.
  2. Consistency: Ensures that everyone gets the same template without any manual steps.
  3. Ease of Use: Simple for both you and your users, requiring no technical expertise.

Final Tips

  • Test the Link: Before sharing, test the modified URL to ensure it works as expected.
  • Update Regularly: If you update your template, ensure that the public link remains the same or update the auto-duplicate link accordingly.
  • Educate Users: Make sure users understand that the link will create a copy in their own Notion workspace.

Following these steps will help simplify the process of sharing your templates in Notion and make it easier for you and your collaborators to make the process as smooth as possible.

If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message at [email protected], and I will get back you ASAP.

Until then, happy sharing!

Bradley J.

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