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Drag e-mails to Notes, and save links to e-mails Apps
You can drag an e-mail from Mail to Notes, and Notes will display a clickable link with the subject of the e-mail. Click that link to open the e-mail in Mail.

What's interesting is that you can then copy the link to the message by right-clicking and choosing Copy Link. When you paste the link into a text editor, it will look something like this:

If you paste the link into an application that can recognize it as a link, it will be clickable, and will open the e-mail. For example, TextEdit will display this as a link, if you're using an RTF document. I use BusyCal as my calendar application, and pasting an e-mail link in the Notes field results in a clickable link; however, Apple's Calendar doesn't recognize it as such. The Scrivener word processor recognizes it as a link, but Microsoft Word doesn't.
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Drag e-mails to Notes, and save links to e-mails
Authored by: dilvish1984 on Aug 20, '12 09:10:07AM

The text you got by selecting "Copy Link" is actually a valid URL, so anyplace that accepts URLs should make it clickable, you just have to know how to create a link in each app. A common key shortcut on the Mac for this is Command-K, corresponding to an "Edit Link..." menu item (for instance, in TextEdit this opens the link editor panel, allowing you to turn any segment of text into a link with a destination URL separate from that linked text).

(The OP appears to be relying on data-detectors in various apps, which will sometimes turn any text that they recognize as representing links into clickable text. I've found them to be somewhat unreliable with non-standard URL types.)

In Apple's iCal/Calendar app, you can paste the URL into an event and make it clickable as long as you put it in the URL field.

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Drag e-mails to Notes, and save links to e-mails
Authored by: barefootguru on Aug 20, '12 03:51:06PM

John Gruber has a great article on URLs for e-mails, and an AppleScript to get them direct from Mail. I use them all the time to reference e-mails from elsewhere.

(The article says Leopard but this still works in Mountain Lion.)

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