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Clickable links when composing Mail messages Apps
If you have a link in a Mail message that you're composing (this is in rich text mode, after selecting a link, pressing Command-K, then adding the URL), the link will be blue and underlined, but if you click it you won't get taken to the link's page. This is so you can edit the visible text of the link.

However, if you Shift-click on the link, you will be taken to its page. I don't know whether this is new to Mountain Lion, or whether it's been there all along.

[kirkmc adds: I'd never noticed this, but I don't use rich text mode in Mail.]
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Clickable links when composing Mail messages
Authored by: oblahdioblidaa on Jan 23, '13 07:35:19AM

Works in Snow Leopard mail too.



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Clickable links when composing Mail messages
Authored by: slb on Jan 23, '13 09:25:11AM

Cool. Still learning something new every day! Thanks.



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Clickable links when composing Mail messages
Authored by: gmachen on Jan 23, '13 10:37:08AM

In plain-vanilla Leopard 10.5.8's Mail, either Shift-click or Command-click will do it.



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Clickable links when composing Mail messages
Authored by: Riker29 on Jan 23, '13 11:32:29AM

Great hint. Thanks.

I wish Apple Mail allowed you to enter a true full HTML link, where you can separately control the text shown for the link, and the URL that the link points to.



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Clickable links when composing Mail messages
Authored by: ser.olmy on Jan 23, '13 12:05:06PM

You can. Right click > Links > Edit (or Add) Link...



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Clickable links when composing Mail messages
Authored by: Riker29 on Jan 23, '13 12:36:58PM

Oh My God!!!

I have worked with Macs since 1984, and I can't believe I missed this! (duh)

Thanks. :)



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Clickable links when composing Mail messages
Authored by: michelle_eris on Jan 24, '13 12:03:06PM

Or just press command-K.



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Clickable links when composing Mail messages
Authored by: petersconsult on Feb 06, '13 07:15:59AM

Same in TextEdit....



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Clickable links when composing Mail messages
Authored by: slb on Jan 29, '13 09:30:06AM

But MS does this better in Outlook. You can add the URL + the HTML name for nicer display. Don't know why Apple hasn't done this...



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Clickable links when composing Mail messages
Authored by: michelle_eris on Jan 30, '13 12:28:25AM
I don't understand what you mean. In mail.app, you can select text in the message, press command-K, enter the URL in the resulting dialog sheet, and the URL will be anchored to that selected text. So you could have something like this:

Click here to go to Mac OS X Hints.

Clicking on "here" will then open the web page

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Clickable links when composing Mail messages
Authored by: joekewe on Jan 23, '13 03:14:08PM

Awesome hint. I'm always pissed when I can't click a link in an email I am composing (or forwarding/replying). This is great. Thank you!



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