Turn off display of hyperlinks in Outlook 2013 & Outlook 2010 messages

Outlook 2013 & Outlook 2010 by default displays any Internet address as hyperlinks. This is pretty useful feature and by clicking the hyperlink would quickly launch the website. But if you want to disable this feature while reading as well as composing mail, then you turn off this feature using Editor Options.

Turn Off display of hyperlinks when reading messages

Click the File menu –> Options link then navigate to Mail Options.

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Click the Editor Options button available under the Compose messages section. In the Editor Options window, click the AutoCorrect Options button available under the Proofing section.

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In the AutoCorrect Window, navigate to Replace section under AutoFormat tab and un tick the check box with label as Internet and network paths with hyperlinks.

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Turn Off display of hyperlinks when composing messages

In the AutoCorrect Window, navigate to Replace as you type section under AutoFormat as You Type and un tick the check box with label as Internet and network paths with hyperlinks.

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In Category: Office 2010, Outlook 2010

Ravi Shankar

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  • rob July 27, 2012, 12:47 am

    Thank you….At work I emailed a few users the UNC path to their newly permisssioned resource with intentions of them not knowing that they had access to other top level resources. Even though I told outlook to ‘remove hyperlink’, MS outlook converted the the unc path to a hyperlink that when accessed allowed them to know that they were able to see other resources. I HATE MS OUTLOOK for automatically converting a UNC path to a hyperlink. Thank you for advising on how to disable that silly feature.

  • rob July 27, 2012, 12:47 am

    Thank you….At work I emailed a few users the UNC path to their newly permisssioned resource with intentions of them not knowing that they had access to other top level resources. Even though I told outlook to ‘remove hyperlink’, MS outlook converted the the unc path to a hyperlink that when accessed allowed them to know that they were able to see other resources. I HATE MS OUTLOOK for automatically converting a UNC path to a hyperlink. Thank you for advising on how to disable that silly feature.

  • Karen September 25, 2012, 8:21 pm

    It doesn’t do any good to disable it on the end of the sender, if the recipient still has it enabled on his end. You can set it under your “Compose Messages” to not put in the hyperlinks. But when the recipient gets it, if he has settings for displaying the content of email as hyperlinks, then he will still see the hyperlinks (no matter how it looked when you sent it out!)

  • Karen September 25, 2012, 8:21 pm

    It doesn’t do any good to disable it on the end of the sender, if the recipient still has it enabled on his end. You can set it under your “Compose Messages” to not put in the hyperlinks. But when the recipient gets it, if he has settings for displaying the content of email as hyperlinks, then he will still see the hyperlinks (no matter how it looked when you sent it out!)

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