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One way to create elegant hyperlinks in Mail.app Apps
Hyperlinks in emails come in two flavours - a) short, informative and to the point, or b) ugly. Here's an easy way to get around Mail.app's apparently-limited functionality for inserting hyperlinks in your mail.
  1. Choose Add Hyperlink from Mail's Edit menu and type or paste a typical ugly URL:

    http://www.link-to/long/and/ugly/item/to-link-to.html

    It appears in the email exactly as above, then turns into an underlined hyperlink when you press Space at the end. Ugly.
  2. Place the cursor after the first letter in the hyperlink and type what you'd like the link to say in the email, for example:

    hClick Herettp://www.link-to/long/and/ugly/item/to-link-to.html

  3. Now delete the surrounding original verbose text, and you're left with an elegant Click Here link that, when clicked, takes your web browser to the now-hidden URL.
A small amount of work for a better presentation!
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Authored by: EricMc on Mar 23, '07 07:59:31AM

just type in the text you want for your link, select it and either use the "Add Hyperlink..." menu item or right click and choose "Edit Link..."

Now type in or paste the URL in the drop down box. Done.



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One way to create elegant hyperlinks in Mail.app
Authored by: djscott on Mar 23, '07 08:00:53AM

It does work, however you could always type Click Here, highlight the "Click Here" and select Add hyperlink from the Edit menu.



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One way to create elegant hyperlinks in Mail.app
Authored by: aris on Mar 31, '07 05:52:54AM
I tried using the 'Add Hyperlink' feature and it failed to work properly. I cut and pasted this link
http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20070321094439128#comments
but when I looked at the link by hovering the # was changed to a %23 and when the link was clicked it did not send me to the correct page but to the default home page http://www.macosxhints.com/.

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One way to create elegant hyperlinks in Mail.app
Authored by: aardvarko on Mar 23, '07 08:21:44AM

If you're using Safari, drag the favicon in the address bar to your E-mail message and it's linked with the title of the page.



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One way to create elegant hyperlinks in Mail.app
Authored by: robogobo on Mar 25, '07 11:28:13AM

What the heck is a favicon? I mean, I've heard of Decepticons, but favicon sounds a bit too much like emoticon, which makes me anti-lol. Please, AOL users, Dilbert fans, please don't support the injection of cutesy phrases into the masses.



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One way to create elegant hyperlinks in Mail.app
Authored by: zpjet on Mar 26, '07 06:50:26AM

you must be kidding... favicon is the little icon next to the http.



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One way to create elegant hyperlinks in Mail.app
Authored by: boldfish on Nov 20, '07 12:05:37AM

In Leopard with the latest versions of mail and safari this creates an attachment of the web page, not a link with the title.

I want that behaviour back... not badly enough to uninstall Leopard, but badly....

any suggestions?



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Careful with 'Plain Text' message format...
Authored by: gerti on Mar 23, '07 08:32:13AM

When 'Plain Text' is chosen as the default message format in the compose preferences, the above seems to work while composing, but the receiver will not receive the link at all.



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Careful with 'Plain Text' message format...
Authored by: operator207 on Mar 23, '07 09:42:19AM

+1 I just tried it. Mutt just sees "Click Here"
Thought it was w3m (what I use as a reader for mutt) so I ssh'd to the server, and read it directly from the Maildir with vim. Still just reads "Click here" no html markup or whatnot.

I reset Mail.app to Rich Text, and sent the same message again. It has a second part, and it is text/html. It has the html markup, with the link in it.

Thought I would confirm this.



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Careful with 'Plain Text' message format...
Authored by: noworryz on Mar 23, '07 02:18:39PM

I sent email to my friends for about a month before realizing that "plain text" links look like they work but they don't. Avoid embarrassment and don't use "plain text." Perhaps Panther will fix this Mail bug.



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An Easier Way to Create Elegant Hyperlinks in Mail
Authored by: ike147 on Mar 23, '07 08:58:56AM

A much easier way to do this is to write text in an email, such as, "Click Here," highlight the text, right click (or Ctrl-Click) on the highlighted text and click on "Edit Link." Now, in the text field that appears, you can type the desired web address, then click "OK."



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One way to create elegant hyperlinks in Mail.app
Authored by: fdcurran on Mar 23, '07 09:30:55AM

Good tip and great comments. I continually have people that I send links to in emails that tell me that when they clicked on the link nothing happened. There are people that still don't receive html email, so though the link may look ugly, at least the link URL is in the message and they can cut and paste.



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Not so elegant
Authored by: django on Mar 23, '07 09:48:07AM
Perhaps I'm in the minority with this, but I HATE seeing a link that says simply 'Click Here.' I ignore such links and I've had it drummed into me that those two words signify a major failure of design. 'Click Here' tells you nothing. In an email, of course, you can parse the destination based on the context, but I much prefer to see the full link, ugly though it may be. The full link tells me where I'm going and helps me judge the trustworthiness of the destination. Since I know most people probably prefer to hide the link (especially with often ridiculous dynamic links the break across multiple lines) I think it's better to encourage use of more informative link text such as "...read more about this story at the company's website."

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Try hovering
Authored by: googoo on Mar 23, '07 10:07:03AM

I dislike this type of link as well, but in the interest of completeness, I must point out that if you hover over a link in Mail.app, the URL appears in a yellow box. I do not know about the behavior of other E-mail programs (on Macs or elsewhere), though.

-Mark



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Not so elegant
Authored by: Dephex Twin on Mar 23, '07 12:20:29PM

I would recommend that you never trust a URL that is a link in an HTML email. Always only trust the URL that Mail tells you when you hover over the link. A malicious email could easily write http://www.citibank.com/ and make it a clickable link, but have the actual link lead you to http://banklogininfo-emporium.com/. I have seen this technique employed in many phishing emails.

In fact, I did right now in this very post! Did I just blow your mind?

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"Knicks suck, Yankees suck, Mets suck..."
"...Krypton sucks"

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Not so elegant
Authored by: boxcarl on Mar 23, '07 08:56:20PM

Dude, you blew my mind so hard that now I've got the munchies. Hmm, I wonder what's at the Hut?



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One way to create elegant hyperlinks in Mail.app
Authored by: brucio on Mar 23, '07 09:55:57AM

I have to second django- ugliness is in the eye of the beholder. I'd rather see where I'm going (but then I'll use plaintext email until the day I die, too ;-)



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One way to create elegant hyperlinks in Mail.app
Authored by: foilpan on Mar 23, '07 10:25:32AM

use tinyurl to convert the link to something shorter. done and done.



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One way to create elegant hyperlinks in Mail.app
Authored by: bpfh on Mar 23, '07 05:14:31PM
As it is, this is really a non-tip, inasmuch it is a truly misguided piece of advice when taken literally. For reference, see

http://www.useit.com/alertbox/designmistakes.html

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One way to create elegant hyperlinks in Mail.app
Authored by: edified on Mar 23, '07 05:53:15PM
Select, CMD-K. Works in iChat too.

-Edified

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One way to create elegant hyperlinks in Mail.app
Authored by: Dave Andrews on Mar 25, '07 06:27:28AM
django stated "The full link tells me where I'm going and helps me judge the trustworthiness of the destination", that is a very dangerous and foolish assumption. What makes you think you can't use the above described method to simply pretend to be one URL whilst linking to another. Its exactly how a lot of phishing emails work. Just because a link LOOKS like a valid URL it should NEVER be assumed its actually going to take you where it claims. If in doubt of the source simply don't follow the link, or command click and copy the link before pasting it and finding its true destination

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One way to create elegant hyperlinks in Mail.app
Authored by: robogobo on Mar 25, '07 11:20:48AM

no, CMD-k empties the deleted mailbox permanently.



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One way to create elegant hyperlinks in Mail.app
Authored by: vertigo on Mar 27, '07 02:11:26AM
Actually, you can create the hyperlink shortcut for Mail.app using this procedure. You will need to restart Mail.app before it will work.

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One way to create elegant hyperlinks in Mail.app
Authored by: morespace54 on Nov 20, '07 12:15:12PM
Just to point out some (useless) info...

First, the technique described in the original hint is a very basic HTML trick. Anyone who works with HTML regularly knows (or should know) this. But there's people who don't work in HTML regularly... So that's a good thing to know.

Second, never, ever, never (did I mentioned never ever?) follow a link in an email, whether it says "Click here", "www.macosxhints"; or even "www.macosxhints.com/mygreatcomment/2007";. Those links are really to easy to fake no matter what the "hover", "yellow box", "alt" or whatever says. Yes, those are sometimes good indicators but still, do not trust them. The *only* links you should be clicking is the one sent by people listed in your address book (okay, let's say people you really, really know).

Because all the Phising (and ethic), companies *never* send email with links (or at least, they give you an alternate links to paste in your browser). So please don't be leazy, use your fingers and go to the website by yourself (or by pasting the link yourself).

It will give you a chance to be safe and help defeat the Phishers...


(BTW, do not help that poor Somalian Lady who's husband died in a car accident leaving her $2M so she can invest it here, with your help and 25%... ;))

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