How to insert a link into an e-mail

Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope

An image of a hyperlink.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.

The logo for Google Gmail.

Google Gmail

  1. Log into your Gmail account.
  2. In the upper left-hand corner of the window, click the 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 The icon which inserts a hyperlink in gmail. icon at the bottom of the message window.

The 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).

The link information prompt.

  1. When you're finished, click The okay button on a Gmail message. button. You should see the link added to the body of your message.
The Outlook.com logo.

Microsoft Outlook online

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

The button to click to create a new email.

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

The bottom menu in Outlook.com.

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

The 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.

The Yahoo! mail logo.

Yahoo! mail

  1. Log into your Yahoo! e-mail account.
  2. In the upper left-hand corner of the screen, click the 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 in the text you'd like to see on the link (A), the URL (B), and then click Save (C).

The 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.

The text above a link in a Yahoo! mail message.

Tip: If you move your mouse cursor to the top right-hand corner of the link image, you can open a menu that allows you to change the image's size, change its location, or remove it.

The more options menu on a link in Yahoo! mail.

Outlook logo

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 on the Message tab in the top left portion of the window.
  3. Click on the Insert tab at the top of the window.
  4. In the Link box that appears, type in 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.
  2. At the top of the window, click the Insert tab, and then Hyperlink.
  3. Type in the URL to which you'd like to link.