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Create Live Web Links and Email Links

It’s easy to create web links and email links on a TextEdit page. If you send someone the TextEdit file, that person can click on a web link; her browser will open and go to the page you specify. An email link in the document opens her email program, pre-addressed to whomever you specified.

If you make a pdf of your document (see page 71), the links will still work in the pdf.

Create links as you type web addresses:

  1. Simply go to the Edit menu and slide down to “Substitutions.”
  2. In the pop-out menu, choose “Smart Links.” If there is a checkmark next to “Smart Links,” it’s already on!
  3. On your TextEdit page, just type the web address. It needs the www part of the web address. If your address doesn’t have www, then be sure to include the http:// in the address on the page. You’ll know if it’s working or not because the text will turn into an underlined link.

Sometimes the text on the page is not the actual address, but you do want the link to go to the address. For instance, perhaps you wrote, “Please visit our Mary Sidney web site,” and you want the link attached to “Mary Sidney” to go to MarySidney.com. Or you want to say, Email me! as a link to your actual email address. In either case, use the manual process.

To manually create a web link on a TextEdit page:

  1. Type the text that you want to apply a web link to. This text can be anything—it doesn’t have to be the web address itself!
  2. Select the text to which you want to apply the link.
  3. From the Format menu, slide down to “Text,” then choose “Link....”
  4. Enter the web page address. Make sure you include this code at the beginning of the web address: http://
  5. Click ok.

To create an email link on a TextEdit page:

  1. Type the text to which you want to apply an email link. This text can be anything—it doesn’t have to be the email address itself.
  2. Select the text you want to apply the link to.
  3. From the Format menu, slide down to “Text,” then choose “Link....”
  4. Type into the field: mailto:
  5. Immediately after the colon you typed (as shown above), enter the entire email address just as you would address it. mailto:name@domain.com
  6. Click ok.
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