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Insert hyperlink


It’s always helpful to insert the direct link to a website you are referring to in an email message. While you could copy/paste the entire URL, sometimes it’s really long and looks messy in your message. Instead, use a select word or words to make linkable.

In this example, I will be using Gmail to compose a message and insert a link.

  1. In your Internet browser, go to the desired website and copy the URL from the address bar at the top.
  2. Log into your Gmail account and compose your message.
  3. Select the word or words you want to make linkable/”clickable”. Then hover your mouse over the formatting toolbar at the bottom and click on theĀ “Insert link” button.
  4. In that popup window, paste the copied URL in the text box. Click on “OK”.
  5. Now the text you selected is hyperlinked.
  6. If you click on it once, you will see the full link appear below in a small popup box with options to “change” or “remove” the link, or click it to test it out. (Note: It won’t show like this with the link in a popup box once you send your message. When the recipient clicks once on the link in the message, it will open the website in his/her browser.)

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