Preview a URL Directly in Mail for Mac OS X
Everyone gets emails filled with links, but what do you do when an incoming message includes a potentially dubious URL that you aren’t quite so sure about? Rather than crossing your fingers and blindly clicking the link to open in the default web browser, try this tip out to get a preview of the URL directly in the Mail app of Mac OS X.
Get a Link Preview in Mail for Mac OS X
- Open an email containing a link if you haven’t done so already
- Hover over the URL within the mail message until you see the grey box with a triangle in it
- Click the little grey box to open the URL in Quick Look
Clicking on that loads the web sites URL in a side window, like this:
The URL in question will render within a self contained Quick Look frame. This allows you to see and scroll through the website in question without actually loading it into a web browser, making it a perfect solution for quickly sorting through groups of link heavy emails or those special emails from your uncle.
Similar Quick Look features exist elsewhere in native OS X apps, even in the Finder and in Spotlight menu results.