I'm finding that I often write emails where the same words or phrases need to be hyperlinked to the same site every time I type them.

I'm not talking about typing out website names that I want to be hyperlinked ("You should visit stackexchange.com because it's awesome!"), but rather, actual words / phrases ("It's an awesome [network of sites]", where "network of sites" is linked to stackexchange.com/sites).

Does anyone know if there is a way to do this? I'm envisioning something like autocorrect for spelling, something where I can teach the tool "Every time I type [x], link to [y]."

Is this even possible from a technical standpoint? I've looked to see if there's a Chrome extension or something in Google labs that will do this, but to no avail.

  • Sounds like you want something along the lines of smilesoftware.com/TextExpander Sep 8, 2011 at 19:26
  • The linkbuddy suggestion is the best. But if your "actual words/phrases" keep changing in every email, then you are basically looking for a text expander with support for placeholders. You could check out these desktop apps, but some of them are paid/limited to only Mac/Windows. Not trying to self-advertise here, but the ProKeys chrome extension exactly supports placeholders (and much more). Good day! Jan 19, 2018 at 6:00

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A very simple low-tech work-around is to maintain a file (e.g., Word, outlook task, etc.) with a list of these hyper-linked phrases and copy-paste the one you need into Gmail.

Another option that should work in most email clients like outlook is to define a simple signature for each such hyper-link.

  • Thanks for these suggestions. I know there are plenty of workarounds for this problem; was more wondering if someone had made some sleek, intuitive solution to it. :)
    – Laura
    Sep 14, 2011 at 19:54

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