When composing an email in thunderbird, I will often type a phrase, select it, and turn it into a link using Ctrl+L. I then continue typing the email, but any text I insert after that link also becomes part of the link. How do I prevent this?

If I hit the return key, the link closes and a new line begins. But I don't want a line break. The only hack I know of is to type the rest of the line on a new line, and then delete the line break when I'm done.

Example of the problem (I don't want the text in parenthesis to be a part of the link): How to close this link? If you try to remove the link from just a portion of an existing hyperlink, the entire hyperlink is removed instead:

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  • My setup is Ubuntu 16 & Thunderbird 45.8.0 ... If I hit the return key, the link CONTINUES on a new line also. – Matěj Kříž May 11 '17 at 12:29

I just had the same problem and found that you can discontinue the link with Ctrl+Shift+K.

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    Didn't work for me – Jimmy_A Sep 5 '17 at 16:29
  • ctrl+shift+K is "format->discontinue link". This also didn't work for me, but typing a space did. I wonder if "format->discontinue style" is needed instead (ctrl+shift+Y). – Étienne Apr 1 '19 at 7:46
  • Works now on latest version of thunderbird v60.8.0. – Jimmy_A Aug 15 '19 at 9:05

Update: Seems like Thunderbird changed the keyboard shortcut from Ctrl+L to Ctrl+K

When you need to add a link, press Ctrl+K insert the link and then continue typing. By pressing the keyboard shortcut a popup window will appear asking for the Description Link Text and the Link Location

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After you enter your link all you need to do is continue typing. The popup window will automatically cut off the link at the text you have specified.

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