Creating mailto links in SharePoint with newlines / carriage returns


Creating a mailto: link is usually easy. You just generate a string in the form, e.g.:

where sub and body are URL encoded strings. The URL encoding means, for example, you change spaces to %20 and newlines to %0A%0D, among others.

The problem with SharePoint is that if you paste the escaped string into the HTML view of a content editor web part, SharePoint, in all it’s wisdom, Converts the escaped strings back into normal text, which means all the newlines (and multiple spaces) are stripped.

This makes it seemingly impossible to create a mailto link with newlines.

Here’s the solution:

The solution is to use JavaScript instead, and paste the lines unescaped into the script. Then make a basic mailto: link as before, but give it an id (in this case, the id is mailtolink). Then the mailto link is overwritted with our desired link, complete with newlines, when the page loads.

<p>Please <a href="" id="mailtolink">contact us</a>.</p>

<script type="text/javascript">
// <![CDATA[

var msgRec = '';
var msgSub = 'This is the message subject';
var msgBody = 'This is the full e-mail body\n\nThis is a new line\nAnd another line';

function modifyMailtoLink;
	document.getElementById('mailtolink').href = 'mailto:' + encodeURIComponent(msgRec) + '?subject=' + msgSub + '&body=' + encodeURIComponent(msgBody);


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