Hawk Wings reader Adam sends in this tip for creating a custom keyboard shortcut that adds a hyperlink to an email in Mail.app without the need to go searching through its menu options.
So, you can never post often enough about keyboard shortcuts, and this is a good one.
In Mail.app I wanted ⌘K to be my shortcut for adding a link in the body of a message. But the command is usually only available via the submenu Link > Add… under the Edit menu. On a whim, I went to System Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse > Keyboard Shortcuts, hit the plus sign and in the box for Menu Title entered “Add…” (no quotes, and using Option-Semicolon for the elipsis). It worked!
If you are a visual learner, this screenshot of the process Adam describes might help too:
Mail.app then kindly adds the new shortcut to your menu, so that you never forget it:
Once you get the taste for it, you won’t want to stop there. Add another to insert a bulleted list (if you go for those):
Of course, both these examples are for Rich Text people. I can’t bring myself to abandon plain text — there’s something noble about it, something efficient, something respectful of the recipient’s settings for displaying text; it’s the way our forefathers did email.
But I recognise that I am a dinosaur in these matters.
Great tip, Adam. Thanks!
Tags: Apple Mail, apple mail tips, bulleted lists, customising, hyperlinks, keyboard shortcuts, mail.app, Productivity