Safari: Mailing Page Links (the Easy Way)

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Copying and pasting a Safari webpage URL into an e-mail is one way to pass along interesting sites to your pals, but it’s slow. In this tip, I’m going to show you some ways to make the process more convenient. I’ve done the calculations, and using one of these methods will save you approximately three hours per year.* That’s a significant amount of time you’ll get back, so it’s completely worth it to learn these steps!

The first way you can make this easier is by going to the page you want to send and then hitting Shift-Command-I. This is the keyboard shortcut for File > Mail Link to This Page.

When you hit that shortcut, Safari will send the info to Mail, which’ll open a new message and put the link right in, ready for you to send along.

Mail will even be so kind as to put the page’s title in the subject line. Couldn’t be simpler, right?

Another option for e-mailing a link is to use Command-I, which is the shortcut for File > Mail Contents of This Page. This’ll plop the entire page into an e-mail, including images and links.

The whole shebang.


This next method is definitely my favorite. If you pick up and drag the small icon that appears next to the site’s address in the URL bar…

…you can drop it onto the Mail icon in your Dock to start a new message with the link inside it.

Note that this method does not put anything into the subject line of your e-mail, so it’ll save you the trouble of deleting that if you never wanted it in the first place. Take that, Safari.

Finally, just because you all have been such good little boys and girls lately, here’s a bonus tip. If copying and pasting is really more your thing, you can use a contextual menu item to pull nicely formatted links into Mail without even having to navigate to your particular page. Just right- or Control-click on a link and choose Copy Link.

When you paste that into Mail, you’ll get a lovely link with the title instead of the big ol’ nasty URL showing. Awesomeness!

 

 

*Disclaimer: No calculations were actually done. All numbers were completely made up by the voices in my head.

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8 Comments Leave Your Own

furbies

All numbers were completely made up by the voices in my head.

At least you’re never alone…..

Lee Dronick

Thank you for another set of great tips.

DrShakagee

For me the easiest way was to add the mail button to the address bar. Just right click on the address bar and do “customize toolbar” and add the mail button.

Melissa Holt

Lee, as always, thank you.

furbies, you’d think that, wouldn’t you? But sometimes they get angry and refuse to speak to me. It’s usually when I deny them coffee.

Melissa Holt

For me the easiest way was to add the mail button to the address bar. Just right click on the address bar and do ?customize toolbar? and add the mail button.

That is an AWESOME tip! Thank you. smile

furbies

furbies, you?d think that, wouldn?t you? But sometimes they get angry and refuse to speak to me. It?s usually when I deny them coffee.

Melissa. Never ever ever deny the voices Java.

Java is good for keeping the voices happy!


Now no doubt Oracle will patent/copyright the idea that Java is medicinal.

Regardless though, many thanks for the tips, and please keep them coming.

Bronco46blogs

Has the author forgotten that Safari has a tool for the tool bar that handles this? IF you go to view in the Safari menu bar and select “customize tool bar” you can add an envelope icon to your Safari tool bar that will give you a one click way of sending page links while using Safari. Clicking on that icon opens apple mail and bring up a blank email form with the link already on it. I’ve been using this for years as an easy way to send links to web pages, to friends an family.

billglewis

Hey gang, so I use the email in the menu of Safari all the time but ever since I installed CHROME is starts up whenever I email this way to my Gmail. Anyone know how I change that option? Thanks!

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