Hyperlinks in Entourage

entourage I’ve been playing around with Entourage on my Mac for the last couple of days (in order to access my Email from Exchange while I am out of the office).

It turns out that there is a curious feature missing from Entourage… You can’t highlight a word and then insert a hyperlink. (Don’t ask me why, I have no idea 😉

There are two workarounds that I got from a tester in the MacBU:

Just type out your hyperlink (e.g. www.apple.com). When you send it, Entourage turns it into a hyperlink.

If you want to link some text to a website (e.g. here) it’s a bit more difficult. There is no “native” Entourage solution to do that. You can still do it however. You need to boot Word, create your email there, then go File | Send To | mail recipient (as HTML). This will create a email using the word doc, and this email can be as complex as you like (tables, multi-level bulleted lists, linked text, etc).

Comments (32)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you! This really helped!

  2. Melissa says:

    You are a life saver!!!!!!!!

  3. Halt7 says:

    Wow. Thanks for posting this. I just spent 30 minutes trying to find this. It's so simple in Outlook (CTRL-K). This is the second most stupid thing I've encountered so far in the Office 2008 package for Mac. The first, of course, is that you can't use F2 as the keyboard shortcut to activate text editing in a cell on Excel for Mac:


  4. alex says:

    Thanks Muchly!!! I also just spent awhile trying to figure this out. Stupid Entourage – how could they leave that out??!!

  5. Peter says:

    Having just had the Halt7/Alex experience, I'd like to add my name to add my thanks, though not to Entourage for this ridiculous omission.

  6. Harry says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing this solution.  It worked great.  However, I couldn't send attachments in the same message.  Is there a way to solve this?

  7. charles says:

    Wow!  Also, spent a lot of time monkeying with Entourage. This is great!!!

  8. Alfredo says:

    Thanks. It's a waste of time having this feature missing.

    A shame for Microsoft.



  9. jay says:

    Thank you! And thanks, wife, for trawling the Web for this solution. Silly Entourage.

  10. Michelle says:

    Thank you thank you thank you thank you!

  11. barb2 says:

    What a ridiculous over sight. They should be embarrassed. Thanks!!

  12. Amy says:

    Thank you so much for this information!  I've been on the Mac website and everywhere trying to find how to insert a hyperlink and now I know why I can't find it.   What a horrible oversight on this product.

  13. nico says:

    This really is ridiculous! I have just spent ages thinking I am going mad! Thanks for the info.

  14. concerned says:

    I'm glad I don't have to waste anymore time knowing it's not native in entourage – ridiculous.  However, I can't get your second workaround to work, where the word is the hyperlink and no one actually has to see the bulky URL.  When I did tests, Entourage made the URL huge and ugly.  hmmm.

  15. ML49448 says:

    I am so surprised they have not fixed this yet!  I would think both Entourage and Word are written in the same language.  It is just a matter of including the native library.  From a coding perspective it is a cut & paste and just massaging the code some.

  16. Deri says:

    Entourage is outrageous. Thanks for the workaround, but that is still very limited — once you get the email, yes there's the hyperlink, but you can't do ANYthing to the email. Can't edit it. Can't add an attachment.  Arrggggghhh.   Guess I'll have to resort to TinyURl

  17. gary whitford, Extraordinary Words says:

    I cannot believe I continue to put up with this thing. I mean, I like the integrated project management, but what a pain in the…

  18. Marcus says:

    Okay so when we put in a url, it turns in to a hyperlink by repeating that web address in the full URL code, see an example below:

    "oxe@redxxngle.co.uk <mailto:oxe@redxxngle.co.uk>"

    and… "www.redxxngle.co.uk <http://www.redxxngle.co.uk>&quot;

    Why is this the case? It makes signatures look really messy. Does anyone know how to change it?


  19. johnredd says:

    when sending via  file/send to/mail recipient (as html)   my signature does not appear in the message…is there a way to get the signature into the email?

  20. Simon says:

    just include 'http://&#39; before a link

  21. Jennifer says:

    It looks like doing option 2 means you compose every email in MS Word including your hyperlinked signature and then send it to email at html. Once there you cannot edit or make changes. So while this is an option, it's really a more complex solution.

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