Stupid question, hyperlink in apple mail?

nospleen

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Dec 8, 2002
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I cannot figure out how to hyperlink in Apple mail? I never wanted to ask and look stupid, but my friend who is a mac user just asked me the same thing! :p Now with strength in numbers, how the heck do you do it? :D
 

Macaddicttt

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Apr 22, 2004
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It does it automatically. If you have a web address in your email, Mail will automatically make it a hyperlink. I think you just have to make sure it starts with http:// But I know for sure that if I copy a link from Safari's address bar and put it in an email and send it to someone, whomever I send it to will receive a hyperlink.
 

Applespider

macrumors G4
Yup - automatically.

It looks like plain text to you but magically turns into a link when you send it.
It just doesn't do the Outlook trick of automatically turning it into a link as soon as you click return.

Incidentally, if you don't hit return after pasting in the URL, does it still turn it into a link? In Outlook if you do that, it stays as text which means the recipient has to cut and paste it.
 

nospleen

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No, what I mean is I want to type out www.macrumors.com, but then highlight it and make the text say click 'here'. (the here part be the link) Does that make more sense?
 

Ganymede

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Sep 20, 2004
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You cannot make "here" the link in Mail. Mail does not send HTML mail, which is required to do what you're envisioning. You'll have to use Entourage or, I assume, Thunderbird or something like that. Mail will only send in plain or rich text.
 

mpreilly924

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Oct 23, 2008
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You can add hyperlinks

I cannot figure out how to hyperlink in Apple mail? I never wanted to ask and look stupid, but my friend who is a mac user just asked me the same thing! :p Now with strength in numbers, how the heck do you do it? :D
It is a bit of a work around but it is possible to add hyperlinks to your signature is mail. To start you have to open a new mail message. In the reading pain type in your link, then right click on the text and select link from the menu, and "add". Type the link into the alloted box and chose ok. Then right click on the new link, chose "copy link". Now open your preferences in mail and chose the signature that you want to add the link to. Select the area and past the link and you've got it. Now you can adjust the font and size to what you want. Enjoy!
 

mpreilly924

macrumors newbie
Oct 23, 2008
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You cannot make "here" the link in Mail. Mail does not send HTML mail, which is required to do what you're envisioning. You'll have to use Entourage or, I assume, Thunderbird or something like that. Mail will only send in plain or rich text.
Just want to correct this. Mail defiantly uses HTML to send emails. That is how you have the ability to send pictures not as attachments but as an actual part of the email. An example of this is the stationary that is built into the mail program in Leopard or the postcard feature that was built into Tiger.
 

lowbatteries

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Mar 21, 2008
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Edit > Link > Add

In case anyone stumbles upon this, here is how (at least in my Leopard Mail):

Select the text and go to "Edit" > Link > Add.

Right click also works.
 

joshwenke

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Mar 26, 2011
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Apple Mail Links

I know this is a really old thread but I figured I'd share my findings with you.

You can drag the favicon (the icon next to the URL) into mail and it will take the page's title and hyperlink that to the page. If you dragged the Apple favicon in, it would make a link saying "Apple" and have it link to apple.com.

Hope this helps

Josh
 

dianeoforegon

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Apr 26, 2011
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Oregon
Mail 5 in Lion has an option under Edit in the Menu bar > Add Link (Command-K). You have to use HTML mail to make a word into a hyperlink.
 

Shrink

macrumors G3
Feb 26, 2011
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Holy crap, it rally works!! :eek:

I simply typed www.macrumors.com in an email to myself and sent it, and it was a hyperlink when I received it. (Using Safari 5.1)

Really cool...:cool:

Edit: It did the same thing here. My, my...learn something new every day. (Of course, when you don't know much, that's not hard.)
 
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