Apple Mail: Adding Links to Text

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When I write these tips, sometimes what I choose to write about isn’t a feature that I personally use very often. I try to pick stuff based on how handy I think the information will be to you guys. This tip, though, is at the perfect center of a Venn diagram of “things I use” versus “things I think are useful to others.” What we’ll discuss here is adding nicely formatted links to messages in Apple Mail—because I think we all have to face the fact that this doesn’t look good:

So here’s how you pretty things up. When you’re composing your message in Mail, select the text you want to add the link to and hit Command-K (or choose Edit > Add Link). A box will appear for you to paste your URL into.

And voilà—your e-mail will look much nicer and more professional than it did before.

Of course, how your recipient receives links formatted in this manner will depend on his or her e-mail program to some extent, but almost all folks should be able to see things just fine.

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Comments

Lee Dronick

You can also Right or Control Click to bring up a menu that among other things lets you add a link.

Slightly off topic, do you know know if there is Bounce feature in the current version of Mail? If there is I can’t find it.

John C. Welch

Slightly off topic, do you know know if there is Bounce feature in the current version of Mail? If there is I can?t find it.

yes, it’s in one of the menus. They’ve been gradually moving that “feature” deeper and deeper into the menu structure.

vpndev

My personal preference is to see the actual link, in plain text. It may be ugly but at least I can see it.

Apple Mail will show the link though if you hover it, and that’s nice.

Lee Dronick

My personal preference is to see the actual link, in plain text. It may be ugly but at least I can see it.

I have been doing that a lot in my comments here on The MacObserver. it kind of shows that the link isn’t going to a spam site. I almost never click on a URL shortened link.

John, I dug around again and couldn’t find the Bounce menu item. I did a web search and pretty much the advice is to use the bounce email item in Automator. I know that it doesn’t work with professional spammers, I want it for some certain pesky people.

Dave Hamilton

Lee Dronick said: Slightly off topic, do you know know if there is Bounce feature in the current version of Mail? If there is I can?t find it.

yes, it?s in one of the menus. They?ve been gradually moving that ?feature? deeper and deeper into the menu structure.

I went looking for this and couldn’t find it, even with modifier keys held down. Perhaps the Bounce feature has seen its final demise with Lion?

Lee Dronick

I went looking for this and couldn?t find it, even with modifier keys held down. Perhaps the Bounce feature has seen its final demise with Lion?

I think that it is gone for good, it isn’t even an option in Rules. I haven’t used Bounce since before Lion, but the other day I wanted it to 86 an acquaintance who emailed me at my business address.

davidneale

I asked Apple about the missing Bounce in Lion and was told its absence was a feature?

Lee Dronick

I asked Apple about the missing Bounce in Lion and was told its absence was a feature?

I suppose that it was rarely used and almost certainly ineffective against spammers.

Moving on and focusing on my id?e fixe to fix the idea that not having a send button in OSX Messages is good user interface.

HalloweenJack

Slightly off topic, do you know know if there is Bounce feature in the current version of Mail? If there is I can?t find it.

I’m pretty sure it’s still there when you right-click the toolbar and hit “Customize…”

That’s the only way I’ve known how to access that. I can’t confirm right now since I’m typing this in Snow Leopard. I use Lion at work, however.

Lee Dronick

I?m pretty sure it?s still there when you right-click the toolbar and hit ?Customize??

I just rechecked that, it is not there. Maybe there is a way of adding it back via Terminal or something, but I am not going to bother investigating it any further. I am certain that Bounce in Mail is no longer a feature.

wab95

Melissa:

Thanks for bringing this up. I have not used this menu feature very much because, at least on my screen, it simply appears as a url link. I had thought that the companion menu item, paste as quote, would alter the appearance in the message, but it does not appear to do so.

While I seldom paste links in email, this one has struck me as no added value. Looking at your example above, obviously there is a missing link to my approach.

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