I have created a button to send an email from a List Web Part on a my Site Page. Using a Calculated Column, I am trying to populate the SUBJECT with the corresponding List Item, and the only thing that appears in the subject line is the first word -- the rest of the value is cut off after the space. I know that if I was only using a text string, I could place '%20' between the spaces. I feel like I have to create a formula to replace all blank spaces with '%20', but I'm stuck. Below is where I've arrived thus far:

"<a href="&"mailto:"&"ithelpdesk@happytohelpyououtguys.com"&
"?Subject="&[Title]&" target="&"_top>"&
"<img src='http://{mysitename}/SiteAssets/ICONS/sent.png'
style='height:20px; width:20px;' /></a>"

edit: I Don't have access to SharePoint Designer right now, so a WF is out of the question

1 Answer 1


If you have not wrapped a attribute string in quotes the browser will cut off at the first space

So add single quotes wrapping the href attribute like you have done for src= and style=

ofcourse problems will occur if the Title itself has a single quote, so this solution is not failsave.

Update #1

="<a href='mailto:ithelpdesk@happytohelpyououtguys.com"
  &"?Subject=" & [Title] & "' target='_top'>"
  &"<img src='http://{mysitename}/SiteAssets/ICONS/sent.png' style='height:20px;width:20px;'/>"

If you have single quotes in [Title] you need to wrap in double-quotes:

="<a href=""mailto:ithelpdesk@happytohelpyououtguys.com"
  &"?Subject=" & [Title] & """ target='_top'>"
  &"<img src='http://{mysitename}/SiteAssets/ICONS/sent.png' style='height:20px;width:20px;'/>"

since the browser adds quotes around attribute (first) words the shorter version can be:

="<a href=""mailto:ithelpdesk@happytohelpyououtguys.com"
  &"?Subject=" & [Title] & """ target=_top>"
  &"<img src=http://{mysitename}/SiteAssets/ICONS/sent.png style=height:20px;width:20px;/>"
  • 1
    Dude, you are so nice! Thank you, as always, for helping me out.
    – TheJDScott
    Dec 23, 2015 at 14:51
  • Note that instead of one single quote, you can also use two double-quotes in a Formula.. that is the escape notation to get one double quote in the output. Dec 23, 2015 at 15:08
  • I don't understand...I now have 'Title' as the subject line of my email...is the formula that used above correct? I wrapped [Title] in single quotes. Did that make sense to do?
    – TheJDScott
    Dec 23, 2015 at 15:13
  • Yes, single quotes is correct. I just added that to get double quotes (also correct in HTML) you need to write two double quotes. i.e. if you have single quotes inside your [Title] you need to wrap it all in double-quotes. (but any double quote inside your [Title] will then break the code)... Dec 23, 2015 at 15:31
  • Wow. You solved it perfectly -- you are pretty much a genius. Thank you!
    – TheJDScott
    Dec 23, 2015 at 20:04

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