In the Outlook component of Microsoft Office 365, when reading an email that contains a link, the link is shown as https://<server>.outlook.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=<alphanumeric key>.&URL=<URL-encoded URL>.

How can I have the original link instead? I want at least the following:

  • When I click on the link, the linked site opens directly, without making a request to outlook.com.
  • When I copy the link to the clipboard, the link is copied as it was in the email.
  • When I hover the mouse over the link, the real target appears at the bottom of the window.

I'm open to a solution that involves a userscript, but I'd prefer something that works in all main browsers including IE 8.

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I wrote a skip-owa-redir userscript that replaces each indirect redir.aspx link with a direct link to the target URL, using rel="noreferrer" to address the privacy concern that motivated redir.aspx in the first place.

  • I think the privacy concern link is dead. Is it possible to update it, or cite it in a more permanent way?
    – jvriesem
    Commented Mar 3, 2021 at 14:58
  • Also, how would one install and/or use your userscript?
    – jvriesem
    Commented Mar 3, 2021 at 14:59
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    @jvriesem Thanks, updated the link. Userscripts are loaded with a userscript manager such as ViolentMonkey. Commented Mar 3, 2021 at 16:53

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