I’ve always like the way OmniFocus can create links to Apple Mail messages when saving an email as a task. With help from listener Jacob (@evansio), I’ve now got a script that can do that anywhere via a text expander snippet. Here’s the AppleScript:
(* Returns a link to the first selected Apple Mail message *) tell application "Mail" set _msgs to selected messages of message viewer 0 if (_msgs is not equal to missing value) then set _msg to first item of _msgs set _msgID to do shell script "/usr/bin/python -c 'import sys, urllib; print urllib.quote(sys.argv)' " & (message id of _msg) return "message://%3C" & (_msgID) & "%3E" end if end tell
Here is that script embedded in a TextExpander Snippet. I’m using the abbreviation “elink”
That’s it. Once you’ve installed it, just type “elink” in any app that can take a URL and you create a link to the currently selected email message. I use it all the time in Notes and Calendar note fields but it really works anywhere. Here’s a short explanatory video.