Stupid question, hyperlink in apple mail?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by nospleen, Jan 28, 2005.

  1. nospleen macrumors 68020


    Dec 8, 2002
    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
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    AFAIK, there's no way to do so in Mail. Which seems odd....
  3. Macaddicttt macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    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.
  4. alex_ant macrumors 68020


    Feb 5, 2002
    All up in your bidness
    I don't think you even need the http://. If pasting the URL in doesn't make an auto-hyperlink, try typing it out instead.
  5. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    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.
  6. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68020


    Dec 8, 2002
    No, what I mean is I want to type out, but then highlight it and make the text say click 'here'. (the here part be the link) Does that make more sense?
  7. kettle macrumors 65816


    May 12, 2002
    England, Great Britain (Airstrip One)
    That would use an HTML tag.

    Do you want to send HTML emails?
  8. Ganymede macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2004
    Denver, CO
    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.
  9. mpreilly924 macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2008
    You can add hyperlinks

    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!
  10. mpreilly924 macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2008
    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.
  11. lowbatteries macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2008
    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.
  12. joshwenke macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2011
    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

    Hope this helps

  13. dianeoforegon macrumors 6502a


    Apr 26, 2011
    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.
  14. Shrink, Aug 14, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2011

    Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    Holy crap, it rally works!! :eek:

    I simply typed 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.)
  15. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
  16. santaliqueur macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    Defiantly? Is this when you ask Mail not to do it, and it does it anyway?
  17. orbital~debris macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    England, UK, Europe
    you can also choose 'Mail Link to This Page' in Safari (or use this command's keyboard combo) if the link you want to send is already loaded.

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