Pages for Mac: Link to a webpage, email, or page in a Pages document

Link to a webpage, email, or page in a Pages document

You can turn any text into a link that goes to a bookmark (in a word-processing document) or another page (in a page layout document) or opens a webpage or email message.

Pages automatically detects valid web addresses (URLs) and email addresses and styles them (for example, with an underline or different color) to indicate that they’re active links. 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 detect links, you can turn off automatic link formatting.

Add a link

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

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Click the Insert menu button in the toolbar and choose Link, then choose a destination in the “Link to” pop-up menu (Webpage, Email, Page, or Bookmark).

    • Press Command-K on your keyboard, then choose a destination in the “Link to” pop-up menu (Webpage, Email, Page, or Bookmark).

    The Link Settings popover with a Display field, Link To (set to Webpage), and Link field. The Remove button and Open Link buttons are at the bottom of the popover.
  3. Specify details for the destination:

    • Webpage: Opens a webpage in a browser. In the Display field, enter the text you want readers to see. For example, you may want to show the domain name and not the entire web address. In the Link field, enter the URL for the webpage.

    • Email: Opens an email message preaddressed with the address you provide in the To field. In the Display field, enter the text you want readers to see. For example, you may want to show the recipient name and not the entire email address. Enter a subject in the Subject field or leave it blank.

    • Page: Goes to another page in the document. Click the Page pop-up menu, then choose the page you want to link to. In the Display field, enter the text you want readers to see.

    • Bookmark: Goes to text you’ve bookmarked. Click the bookmark you want to link to. In the Display field, enter the text you want readers to see.

  4. To verify the destination, click the Open Link, Compose Email, Go to Page, or Go to Bookmark button; otherwise, click the page to close the link editor.

Edit or deactivate a link

  1. Click the linked text (in a table cell, click the cell first, then click the link).

  2. In the link editor, click Edit.

  3. Make your changes or click Remove.

    When you remove a link, the link text is retained but the link formatting is removed and the link is no longer active.

  4. When you’re done, click the page to close the link editor.

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.

If you don’t want links to show formatting but you still want them to be active, select “Automatically detect links” and deselect “Automatically apply Link style.”

The setting applies to new text that you enter in all Pages documents. Existing links aren’t affected by the change.

Tip: You can add a button to the toolbar to open the link editor when text is selected in the document.

Published Date: Jul 23, 2019
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