Pages for Mac: Link to websites and email addresses in a Pages document

Link to websites and email addresses in a Pages document

You can create text links that your readers can tap or click to open a webpage or a preaddressed email message. You can edit these links or deactivate them so that they appear and behave as normal text.

If you don’t want Pages to automatically format web and email addresses as active links, you can turn off automatic link formatting.

Link to a webpage

  1. Select the text you want to turn into a link.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Click the Insert button in the toolbar and choose Link > Webpage.

    • Press Command-K on your keyboard.

  3. Enter a URL in the Link field.

  4. To add custom text for the link (so the URL isn’t displayed in the document), type the text in the Display field.

  5. Click the Go to Page button to verify the link.

Add a link that opens an email

  1. Select the text you want to turn into a link.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Click the Insert button in the toolbar and choose Link > Email.

    • Press Command-K on your keyboard, click the “Link to” pop-up menu, then choose Email.

  3. Enter an email address and subject in the To and Subject fields.

  4. To add custom text for the link, type the text in the Display field.

    For example, you may want the link in the document to show the recipient’s name and not the entire email address.

  5. To verify that the correct information appears in the email window, click the Go to Email button.

Edit or deactivate a link

  • Click the link in the document, click Edit in the popover, then do one of the following:

    •  Edit the link: Change any aspect of the link, as shown below.

      Link settings controls.
    • Deactivate the link: Click Remove. This action doesn’t delete the link text in your document.

Turn off automatic formatting for links

If you don’t want Pages to format website URLs and email addresses as active links, you can turn off automatic formatting.

  1. Choose Pages > Preferences (from the Pages menu at the top of your screen).

  2. Click Auto-Correction at the top of the preferences window.

  3. In the Formatting section, deselect the “Automatically detect links” checkbox.

The setting applies to all Pages documents. Existing links aren’t affected by the change.

Tip: You can add a button to the toolbar that opens the link popover when you have text selected in the document.

Published Date: Apr 3, 2019
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