How to (not) insert hyperlinks showing code as {HYPERLINK} in Outlook?

When inserting a hyperlink in a composing email in Outlook, it inserts the hyperlink code (as below screenshot shown) instead of a normal hyperlink. That’s because the Show field codes instead of their values option is enabled in Outlook Options. And you can configure it as follows:
(Not) Insert hyperlinks showing code as {HYPERLINK} in Outlook


(Not) Insert hyperlinks showing code as {HYPERLINK} in Outlook

Please follow below steps to insert normal hyperlinks or hyperlink codes in composing emails in Outlook.

1. Click Home > New Email to create a new email.

2. In the opening Message window, please click File > Options.

3. In the Outlook Options dialog box, please click Mail in the left bar, and then click the Editor Options button in the Compose messages section. See screenshot:

4. Now you get into the Editor Options dialog box. Please (1) click Advanced in the left bar, (2) check the Show field codes instead of their values option in the Display e-mail content section; and then (3) select Always from the Field shading drop down list. See screenshot:

Note: For inserting normal hyperlinks instead of hyperlink codes, please uncheck the Show field codes instead of their values option.

5. Click OK buttons successively to close both dialog boxes, and then close the new email without saving.

From now on, all hyperlinks will be inserted as hyperlink codes (or normal hyperlinks) as you configured in Outlook Options.


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    Henrik · 10 months ago
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    PS · 1 years ago
    Many thanks, i have search for this solution at long time....all the best for you.
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    Siv · 1 years ago
    Very helpful :)
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    Noushad Qatar · 2 years ago
    Its nice, I got solved from my problem when I uncheck both "Show drawings.." and "Show field codes". Thanks for the way.