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When I click to insert/edit link in the tinyMCE rich editor for a post, then click "Or link to existing content", it shows only posts that are live and published. Is there a way to get the list that is searched to also include future and draft posts? I need to do this without modifying any core files, is there a hook I can tap into to modify the called query?

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If you publish a post with a link to an unpublished post in it you will generate 404s. I think that is the logic behind tinyMCE code. I will peek at that code though and see if there is a way to change it (without editing core files). – s_ha_dum Oct 17 '12 at 17:06
Yeah, I understand why they have it that way. We launch a lot of articles around a magazine issue, and it all goes live on one day – Macgyver Oct 17 '12 at 18:25
Actually, it would be useful for me too and for the same reason, so I am looking into it. It would make our editors happy. So far, I have not solved it though. – s_ha_dum Oct 17 '12 at 18:30

See if this doesn't do it:

First, the callback for that Ajax search (the wp_link_query method in wp-includes/class-wp-editor.php) suppresses the normal filters. We have to turn them back on for this particular query.

function undo_suppress($qry) {
  global $_POST;
  if (isset($_POST['action']) && 'wp-link-ajax' == $_POST['action']) {

Now we can use the posts_where filter to enable searches across 'future' posts.

function search_future_editor_links($where) {
  global $_POST;
  if (isset($_POST['action']) && 'wp-link-ajax' == $_POST['action']) {
    $where = ' AND wp_posts.post_type IN ("post","page","attachment") AND wp_posts.post_status IN ("publish","future") ';
  return $where;

You could add "drafts" to that last IN if you wanted to search those too.

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