How to insert a link into an e-mail

Updated: 12/31/2020 by Computer Hope
Hyperlink on a screen.

E-mail clients have many features beyond writing a message to another user. Among these features is the ability to insert a link into a message so that the recipient can visit a specific website, video, or picture. To proceed, select your e-mail client from the list below and follow the instructions.

Google Gmail logo.

Google Gmail

  1. Log in to your Gmail account.
  2. In the upper-left corner of the window, click the Compose button in Gmail. button to create a new e-mail message. You may also reply to a message you have received previously.
  3. When you're ready to insert a hyperlink into the body of your message, click the Icon which inserts a hyperlink in gmail. icon at the bottom of the message window.

Bottom menu in a gmail e-mail message.

  1. In the window that appears, choose which type of link you'd like to insert (A).
  2. Then, choose which text you'd like the link to display (B) and fill out the URL for the link or e-mail address (C).

Link information prompt.

  1. When you're finished, click Okay button on a Gmail message. button. You should see the link added to the body of your message.
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Microsoft Outlook online (formerly Hotmail)

  1. Log in to your Microsoft Outlook.com e-mail account.
  2. Near the top of the window on the left side, click the down arrow next to New and select Email message. You may also reply to a message you have received previously.

Button to click to create a new e-mail.

  1. When you're ready to insert a hyperlink into the body of your message, click the Icon which inserts a hyperlink in Outlook.com. icon at the bottom of the message window.

Bottom menu in Outlook.com.

  1. In the window that appears, type the URL of the web page you'd like to link (A), then click the OK button (B).

Prompt in which you type out a link to insert in Outlook.com Mail.

  1. You should see a link with an image added to the body of your message.
Tip

In the body of your message, you may delete the URL text and still keep the image link below it.

Shows the user where to erase the printed link URL in the body of the message.

Yahoo! mail logo.

Yahoo! mail

  1. Log in to your Yahoo! e-mail account.
  2. In the upper-left corner of the screen, click the Compose button in Yahoo! mail. button. You may also reply to a message you have received previously.
  3. In the bottom of the body of your message, click the Yahoo! mail link icon. icon.

Yahoo! mail bottom icon tray.

  1. In the window that appears, type the text you'd like to see on the link (A), the URL (B), and then click Save (C).

Information form for a link in Yahoo! mail.

Tip

In the body of your message, you may delete the URL text and still keep the image link below it.

Text above a link in a Yahoo! mail message.

Tip

Moving your mouse cursor to the top-right corner of the link image, opens a menu allowing you to change the image's size, change its location, or remove it.

More options menu on a link in Yahoo! mail.

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Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express

Insert a hyperlink

  1. Open Microsoft Outlook.
  2. Reply to an existing e-mail, or compose a new e-mail by clicking the Message tab in the top-left portion of the window.
  3. Click the Insert tab at the top of the window.
  4. In the Link box that appears, type the URL and what you'd like the link text to be.

Turn message text into a hyperlink

  1. Highlight the text you want to turn into a hyperlink.
  1. At the top of the window, click the Insert tab, and then Hyperlink.
  2. Type the URL that you'd like to link.