How to Insert a Link Into an E-mail

by Tom Harrison in internet usage

Visual instructions for inserting hyperlinks into e-mails with a variety of clients.



Apple Mail

To put a link into an Apple Mail message, highlight the text you wish to link, right-click on it (hold CTRL and click if you have a one-button mouse), and select Link → Add.

Right-clicking to insert a link in Apple Mail
Screenshot of a link being inserted into Apple Mail via the right-click context menu.

In the pop-up box that appears, type the full URL to which you are linking, starting with http://

Popup window prompting for a link URL
Screenshot of a dialog box prompting the user to enter a URL for their link.

Insert a Link Into a Gmail

First of all, you must be editing in Rich Text mode. If you are in Plain Text mode, click the “Rich formatting” link right above the message body box.

Hilight the bit of text you wish to link, then click the link Gmail link button button to insert a hyperlink into your Gmail message.

Hilighted text and the Insert Link button
Screenshot of some highlighted text alongside the “Insert Link” button.

Type or paste the URL of the page to which you wish to link, and click OK.

Link composition screen
Screenshot of the Gmail form for composing a hyperlink.

Gmail will hyerplink the selected text to the document at the URL you enter.

Outlook Express

To put a link into an Outlook Express e-mail, highlight the text you wish to link then click the “insert link” button.

Outlook Express insert hyperlink menu
Screenshot of the “Insert Hyperlink” menu in Outlook Express.

Alternatively, you can click Insert → Hyperlink… from the menu bar.

Insert Hyperlink from toolbar menu
Screenshot of the Outlook Express toolbar menu, containing an “Insert Hyperlink…” option.

Windows Live Hotmail

In order to put a link into an e-mail with Windows Live Hotmail, hilight the text you wish to make into a link and click the hyperlink button Hotmail hyperlink button.

Hotmail insert hyperlink form
Screenshot of the Hotmail form for inserting a hyperlink into a message.

A small box will appear, in which you can enter the URL of the document to which you are linking. Type or paste the URL, and click ”Insert“. The hilighted text will be turned into a hyperlink.

Yahoo! Mail

To put a link into a Yahoo! Mail e-mail message, highlight the text you wish to link and press the hyperlink button The Yahoo! Mail hyperlink button. Yahoo! Mail will pop up an alert box, in which you can type or paste the URL to which you wish to link.

Enter a URL in Yahoo! Mail
Screenshot of the prompt in Yahoo! Mail which asks the user to enter a URL for their link.

Yahoo! Mail will link the highlighted text to the URL you enter into this box.