Stop Win Live Mail, OE from Underlining Email Addresses

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You can have an email address clickable and remove the link formatting from it in Windows Live Mail.

Want Less Clutter and More Clarity in Your Emails?

If you type an email address in the body of a message using HTML formatting, Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail and Outlook Express will promptly convert it to a mailto: link. This makes sense since it allows the recipient to start a new message to the address simply by clicking on it, but it also contributes to the visual clutter by adding an underline and blue color to the text.

There are two ways to get rid of the underlined email addresses. The easier method removes the mailto: link while the more involved way lets you keep the link intact while the formatting is removed.

Prevent Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express from Underlining Email Addresses

To stop Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express from underlining email addresses by removing the mailto: link:

  1. Click with the mouse inside the email address.
    • ​In Windows Live Mail, make sure the Message ribbon is visible.
  2. Now click on the HyperlinkInsert a link or Insert Hyperlink button in the toolbar.
    • ​You can also press Ctrl-R.
  3. Press Del so that the Web AddressAddress: or URL: field is empty.
  4. Click OK.

To prevent Windows Mail or Outlook Express from underlining email addresses by removing only the formatting:

  • Right before it, you will find '<A href="mailto:<the email address>">'
  • Insert 'style="text-decoration:none;"' just before the closing ">".
    • If you found <A href="mailto:me@example.com">­me@example.com</A>, for example, it should be <A href="mailto:me@example.com" style="text-decoration:none;">­me@example.com</A> after the editing.
  • Return to the Edit tab.
  • Highlight the email address with the mouse.
  • Select the desired font color from the Font Color toolbar drop-down.

(Updated December 2015, tested with Windows Live Mail 2012)

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