How can I disable clickable links in Thunderbird emails, that is, I want to copy/past every link if I need, but disable click-opening. Is it possible?

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    Commented Aug 25, 2016 at 8:48

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Based on this site, I was able to find out a workaround to disable the link-clicking ability.

  1. Open Thunderbird
  2. Go to Edit>Preferences.
  3. Go to the Advanced>General tab, then click Config Editor.
  4. Promise that you will be careful
  5. Type this into the search bar: network.protocol-handler.external-default
  6. Double click on the option that appears to make it false.
    Note: If it's alerady false, you are not able to click on any link anyway.
  7. Done, you can now close the two windows. Close Thunderbird if you don't need it open at the moment.

Hint: if you set this option but occasionally need to open a link, you can drag & drop it into a web browser.

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