How to Insert a Link in an Email With Mac OS X Mail

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As you might already know, inserting a link to a web page is easy in Mac OS X Mail: Just copy and paste the website's address from your browser's address bar. Sometimes, though, the way Mac OS X Mail formats outgoing mail conflicts with the way the recipient's email client reads it. The result: Your link arrives in non-clickable form. Fortunately, there's a way to prevent this.

Turning Text Into a Clickable Link

Ensuring your links are live in your email may not be obvious, but it is easy.

Here's how to do it in Mac OS X Mail 2–8 and MacOS Mail 10:

  1. Go to Format in the menu and select Rich Text to compose your message in rich text format. 
  2. Highlight the word or phrase you want to turn into a link.
  3. Right-click on the highlighted text (or left-click while holding down the Ctrl key).
  4. Select Link | Add Link… (or Link | Add…) from the context menu that has appeared. Alternatively,  you can also press Command-K or select Edit | Add Link… from the menu. (In Mail 2, select Edit Link… from the menu.)
  5. Type or paste the address (URL) of the link you want to insert under Enter the internet address (URL) for this link.
  6. Click OK.

Unfortunately, Mail won't place a clickable link in the plain text alternative of the message. If you are not sure the recipient can and wants to read emails with rich or HTML formatting, paste the link in the message body plainly instead, but make sure Mail does not break it.

As an alternative to sending links, you can also send web page content using Mac OS X Mail from Safari.

Edit or Remove a Link in an OS X Mail Message

To change or remove the address to which a link points in OS X Mail:

  1. Click anywhere in the text that contains the link.
  2. Press Command-K.
  3. Edit the link as it appears under Enter the Internet address (URL) for this link. To remove a link, click Remove Link instead.
  1. Click OK.
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