Using the package hyperref, the command \href takes two inputs, the destination and the description. Upon compiling using LaTeX, the description become a link and has a little box around it. My descriptions are long and I'd like them to have line breaks (even though the box would look a bit funny). The descriptions are not URLs and I couldn't make the breakurl package work for this purpose. Any suggestions?

Here is an example:

Bozo, C and Dufu, S. \textit{How not to succeed.}
\href{http://www.google.com}{To appear in a fancy journal}.

Any ideas? Thanks!

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    You could use color links, \usepackage[colorlinks=true]{hyperref} which changes the boxes as an indication of link to colors. – JPi Jul 31 '16 at 19:12
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    As an aside, if this is a bibliography then it would be better to use bibtex with a url field. – JPi Jul 31 '16 at 19:13
  • You could put the description inside a \parbox, but you need to figure out how wide to make it. – John Kormylo Jul 31 '16 at 21:17
  • JPi - thanks, colorlinks=true fixed the problem. If you submit it as an answer I'll accept. Unfortunately, this reference is in the text, not in bibliography, so bibtex won't help me here. – Quasi Kevin Aug 1 '16 at 16:48

Use \usepackage[hyphens]{url} in the preamble. Try


%Also Add this for having different colors for the citation links.
  • Hmm, couldn't make this work. It gave an error when used in combination with the hyperref package. – Quasi Kevin Aug 1 '16 at 16:47
  • @QuasiKevin.. It's now been edited. Use url and hyperrref as mentioned above. Hope it would suffice your need. Check. – Mishra S Aug 2 '16 at 10:32

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