Does anybody know how to turn off automatic text conversion into mailto: links inside basic single line of text fields? It is confusing a little bit. Our customers stores server configurations in lists with various columns like number of processors, HDD type or CPU speed and if they insert something like this: [email protected], some processes in the background convert it into active mailto: link. I know, we can create items without both @. symbols, but I would rather disable it. Thanks

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  • fwiw - I just verified that it is SharePoint that it doing this as the mailto: is in the original html that is being sent by SharePoint. It is not being done in the browser.
    – Dave Wise
    Commented Mar 22, 2013 at 16:08

3 Answers 3


someone had a similar issue to you:

their solution was to use jquery:

$(function() {
        var sEmailAddress = $(this).text();

Preventing SharePoint from converting email addresses to mailto links

  • I'm afraid, that this solution will not be accepted here but thank you, its worth to try
    – Molik
    Commented Mar 22, 2013 at 16:47

I am not seeing any way to turn this off but I discovered that if you create a new Calculated field and simply set that field equal to the field giving you trouble that it does not add the mailto link on views. It would at least be a workaround

  • This unfortunately doesnt work for multi-line fields as those cant be used in formulas :(
    – chukko
    Commented Sep 21, 2017 at 14:00

Add spaces?

This stackexchange post might help. I think it's a browser thing and not Sharepoint doing that.

  • That's what I need, fully supported (here) is IE anyway. But, I think turning this automatic URL detection off means deactivate links everywhere (including site pages). Could be turned off for selected pages (lists) only? (I'm sorry, I'm not a programmer)
    – Molik
    Commented Mar 22, 2013 at 16:56
  • There might be another issue caused by browser, but SP for sure does the replacement - it is biting me wheni try to use the plain text description in the title attribute.
    – chukko
    Commented Sep 21, 2017 at 14:02

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