If It's Not a Hyperlink, Don't Underline It

One of my pet peeves when reading electronically, either in an email message or on a Webpage, is text that’s underlined but not a live link.

Spread the word. Don’t do this. There are all kinds of ways you can make text stand out.

  • Make it bold.
  • Change to a different color.
  • Change the typeface.
  • Increase the font size.
  • Change it to italics.

If your document is loaded with these underscores, what will make me continue to try the ones that might actually be a live link?


  1. Thank you Peggy. A link is a link. Happened to me twice in 2 days so thought it must be a new trend so happy to see your note.

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