How to copy a web page link or URL

Updated: 03/13/2021 by Computer Hope

In Windows and macOS, the URL (address) of a web page can be selected, highlighted, and copied to your clipboard from your address bar. After you copy it, you can paste it into another program or document (an e-mail, for example). For additional methods of copying or sharing a URL, continue reading.

Copy a URL (address) on a desktop or laptop

  1. Highlight the address by moving your mouse cursor over the address bar and clicking the left mouse button once or press the F6 keyboard shortcut to get into the address bar.

Address bar

  1. After the address is highlighted, press Ctrl+C or Command+C on the keyboard to copy it. You can also right-click any highlighted section and choose Copy from the drop-down menu.
  2. Once the address is copied, paste that address into another program by clicking a blank field and pressing Ctrl+V or Command+V. You may also right-click any highlighted section and choose Paste from the drop-down menu.
Tip

Many web pages, including Computer Hope, have a Share or E-Mail link that allows you to share it with friends.

Practice pasting URL

You can practice copying and pasting the URL of this page by following the above steps and then pasting the URL into the text box, below.

If done properly, "https://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000867.htm" will be in the above box.

Tip

If you want to copy a link within a web page, see copying a link or picture within a page.

Copy an address link on a smartphone or tablet

  1. Open your preferred mobile Internet browser.
  2. Locate the address link you would like to copy.
Note

If the address bar is not visible, try scrolling up using your finger. Also, keep in mind that an address bar is only going to be visible in a browser app. If you're viewing a web page through another app, it may not be available.

  1. Tap the address bar once to highlight all the text contained within it.
  2. Long press the highlighted text and select Copy.
    • On smaller devices, the symbol for copying text looks like two identical pieces of paper.
  3. Open the app where you would like to paste the address.
  4. Long press again and select Paste.

Practice pasting URL

You can practice copying and pasting the URL of this page into the box below by following the steps above.

If done properly, "https://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000867.htm" should be in the above box.

Copying a YouTube video link on website and app

Tip

You can also use the how to copy a URL steps mentioned above to copy a YouTube video link. We're including the steps below as an alternative method of copying a video link.

On the desktop and mobile, you can click the share icon that should resemble the share icon shown in the picture below. Once you click the share link, in addition to the social networking services, the URL of the video that can be copied and pasted anywhere.

YouTube share

Shortening a long address or URL

Some web pages may have a long URL that can present problems when it is pasted into another program, especially an e-mail. If the link you are interested in is long (more than 60 characters), copy and paste the URL into a web page that creates a short link. Our favorite short link service is Tiny URL.

Tip

There are also many browser add-ons and extensions that you can utilize to make copying long addresses easier.

If you'd like to copy an address of an image or hyperlink pointing to another page, zipped file, document, PDF, or other file follow the steps below.

  1. Right-click the link or image you want to copy the address.
  2. In the right-click menu that appears choose the right-click , Copy link address, or Copy link location option (varies by browser).
  3. Once done that address is copied into your clipboard and can be pasted into e-mail, document, spreadsheet, notepad, or any other file or web page.

Practice copying and pasting link location

You can practice copying and pasting a link by performing the above steps on the following link.

Link to a Microsoft Word document example.

Once the link is copied into your clipboard, you should be able to paste that link into the following text box. To paste you can click in the below box and use the shortcut keys Ctrl+V or Command+V. You may also right-click in the box and choose Paste from the drop-down menu.

If done properly, "https://www.computerhope.com/jargon/w/example.doc" will be in the above box.

Note

If the browser is attempting to open the link or save the file you're not right-clicking the file.

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