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First I just ignored the hyperref package and just wanted something that 'looked' like a link:

\underline{\color{Blue} http://soundcloud.com}

but I end up getting an underline about 3mm below the link, which looks extremely ugly. After loading hyperref, I messed about with the variables but there is no underline feature. The best I could do was get it in blue:


Question: Can I get a blue, underlined link so that the line is directly underneath the text (with or without an actual hotlink)?

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I think my answer to Url with fragments in bold should answer that. I also show underlined and colored URLs there (but not both in combination yet). –  Martin Scharrer Jul 16 '11 at 15:40
Note that \underline is AFAIK thought for mathematic expressions only, which might explain the odd look for "normal" text. To underline text see the soul or ulem packages. –  Martin Scharrer Jul 16 '11 at 15:55
The (under)line is moved down because of the fact that the characters stretch below the baseline. If you want a tighter underline, \smash the argument: \underline{\color{Blue}\smash{http://soundcloud.com}}. Does this work? –  Werner Jul 16 '11 at 16:08
@Werner: Very fast and neat little trick! I think I may use that as a quick solution. –  Fahad Sperinck Jul 16 '11 at 16:27
Here, you can access the documentation for the ulem package: mirror.math.ku.edu/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/ulem/… –  night owl Aug 14 '11 at 6:17

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If you don't use hyperref:






If you use hyperref, you may want to click on the URLs:

%% or
% \hypersetup{colorlinks=false,pdfborder=000}

% hack into hyperref



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+1 I keep forgetting about \hyper@normalise. –  Martin Scharrer Jul 16 '11 at 16:34
dear sir, I've noticed that the second example seems to work only with \uline. However, the ulem package also provides \uuline or \dotuline. But these commands result in an error: Limit controls must follow a math operator. \UL@onmath ...hrest \mathop {\kern \z@ #1}\limits \sb {\UL@leadtype \LA@hski... l.21 \ULurl{http://foo.bar/%12%34}. What's the reason for that? –  Sebastian Jul 24 at 9:20

Here a adaption of my solution for Url with fragments in bold. The result it look nice to me. However the URL isn't a hyperlink anymore, i.e. I can't click on it.


%% works with `url` only as well:




\url{http://www.example.com/blue%^&&*}  % for comparision



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\frenchspacing seems unnecessary. It is not used in url.sty since no spaces should be used in a URL. –  Leo Liu Jul 16 '11 at 16:16
@Leo: Correct. I just had it in because I got funny spacings around :, but this turned out to be caused by something else. –  Martin Scharrer Jul 16 '11 at 16:22

my solution to this


\section{To See}\label{tosee}
hello refer ~\ref{tosee}
\href{www.google.com}{\color{blue} \myul[blue] {GOOGLE}}
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