I'd like to write messages using Apple Mail using inline links, as opposed to the "naked" URLs, so I can do something like this:

Have you visited Ask Different?

Unfortunately, the best I seem to be able to accomplish is to add the "naked" link after the text, like this:

Have you visited Ask Different: http://apple.stackexchange.com?

I've tried using + K (or Edit → Add Link... from the menubar) to add a link, but it only gives you the option to add the "naked" link itself, and not the substituted inline text.

I'm aware that you can do this in Outlook for Mac, and the difference seems to be that Outlook formats it's messages as HTML whereas Apple Mail formats them as RTF.

Is there a simple way to accomplish this?


Yes you can. Simply select the text , right-click, select Link, Add Link and add the URL.

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  • I don't know how I managed to miss that one! Thanks very much, that works perfectly :) – binarybob Apr 27 '12 at 19:51
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    Also - if your message is already in RTF/HTML mode, pasting in links from other apps that have embedded a link behind text like Safari, Address Book/iCal, Pages, Keynote, Numbers, etc... automagically places the link behind the pasted text. – bmike Apr 27 '12 at 19:57
  • @bmike Cool! That's also useful to know. – binarybob Apr 27 '12 at 20:04

You're doing it fine with ⌘K. The problem is that there are two uses for it:

  1. Without previously selected text:
    it inserts the "naked" clickable link
  2. With previously selected text:
    it binds that text to a link
  • Yep. It's the second use you mention that I was missing :) – binarybob Apr 27 '12 at 20:09

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