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#Lync User QuickTip #24: Make Outlook Signature Phone Numbers and Lync Addresses Clickable

 

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This is one of those “smack on my forehead why didn’t I think of it before” tips that @tommyclark has been using in his emails for some time and @patrichard’s mention of it prompted me to right this little tip.

Want to make your Outlook signature phones and and Lync addresses clickable? Just prefix a phone number with TEL: and SIP URI/Lync Address with SIP: and it will become click to dial for phone numbers and click to IM for Lync Addresses!

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This little trick works any where there is HTML content in Windows.

Credit Where Credit is Due:
@tommyclarke’s Lync Blog Ultimate Communications
@patrichard Exchange and Lync Blog Ehlo World!

More Lync User QuickTips: http://windowspbx.blogspot.com/search/label/LyncUserTip

10 comments:

  1. first thought is you wont get presence until the call is made - step backwards?

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    1. remember this could (possibly ;-) work with pbx clients as well that might not have presence.

      But good point, i would rather have a skype-like option that shows presence as well. Is there one that you know of?

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  2. if you put some icons behind the links it looks more professional :-)

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    2. good point. on this blog i was not focusing on how to make a slick looking signature so much as how to make a clickable phone or sip uri. bug good point! thanks

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  3. Mine doesn't work, it opens up a new email. i've double checked my lync server to make sure I have the correct SIP address but it just opens an email. If I put in my personal email it opens up Lync.

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  4. Same issues here John, just opens a new email.

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  5. For SIP addresses, make sure the address starts with sip: instead of mailto:

    For phone numbers, make sure they start with tel:

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  6. If you click your own SIP address, it opens an email. Test this by putting someone elses email address in there and see that it works. Or, send an email to a co-worker on Lync and have them test for you.

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  7. That happens if you click on your own SIP, to test just use anyone elses name and check, that should work.

    I am wondering if it is possible to get the Presence status as well. Please let me know if someone knows the trick!!

    Thanks,
    Ajay

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