I'm sure this is an easy answer, but I can't seem to find it. I'm using SharePoint designer 2013 to generate a customized email message. But I can't get the format right for variables and for links. Here's what the received email looks like:

Name: 1;#DOE, 1;#Jane
Role: 23;#Partner Coordination 
<a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/r7urirjhfg784n/DOE%Jane%20Profile.pdf?dl=0">Personal History Form</a>

Can you help me know how to remove the variable number semi-colon hash and how to make the formatting of the link work?

I've followed this tutorial, but it seems to not address this.

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Okay I think I got it. The Return field as: needs to be set to Lookup Value (as Text) if it's a Current Item variable and needs to be set to As String if it's a Workflow variable.

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and the links need to be inserted with the hyperlink icon.

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