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How to create "live" URLs

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When I copy a URL and paste it into an outgoing e-mail, it is just plain text and
does not open when the recipient of the mail clicks on it. The recipient does not
always know how to copy and paste the address onto their address bar.  It would
be better if they could open it by just clicking on it.
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Two things you should realize:

1) When people receive your email, their email client or phone will most likely recognize URLs and helpfully make them clickable. Even if YOU didn't. This happens especially on smartphones, so it probably isn't a big deal if you don't make a link clickable. The receiving party may not even notice.

2) Emails can either sent in "Plain Text" format, or in "HTML" format. Depending on your mail client (e.g. Outlook? Gmail? Mac's Mail app? An iPhone?) and the preferences of the person you are sending the email to, you will get to compose your message as one or the other.

Plain text emails have no formatting - no bold, underline, fonts, no clickable URLs, etc., nothing. They are just text. If you are sending a plain text email, there's nothing you can do. It is up to the receiving email client to make the link clickable, not your problem.

HTML emails have full formatting capabilities, and your email client will have options to let you format the text.

If you are sending an HTML email, as you compose the message most good email clients will usually "automagically" format URLs and make them clickable after you type them in and hit ENTER. So usually you don't have to worry about it.

If for whatever reason your email client doesn't automatically make it clickable, you can do so manually by highlighting the URL, and then specify that it should be a hyperlink by clicking on the appropriate formatting button in your email client.

The location of this formatting option / button varies depending on the client.

In Outlook, you can highlight any portion of text, right click on it, and then go to "Hyperlink", see below:

Outlook creating a link
In Gmail the button is near the bottom and looks like a chain link icon:

Gmail creating a link
In Hotmail aka Outlook.com, you can do it using the chain link icon in the formatting menu:

Hotmail creating a link
It will be a similar situation for various email editors - hotmail, aol, thunderbird etc.
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Great job!  Asking to send hyperlink, then pasting it in the provided space,
and clicking OK, works every time
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