When communicating over e-mail, there are times when you may want to include links to web pages or other content on the Internet. Fortunately, most e-mail programs make this very simple. You just need to embed a web link, called a hyperlink.
There are two ways to create a hyperlink in an e-mail message.
Enter the URL directly into your message:
- This is the simplest way to add a link.
- Either type the URL (the complete address of a web page, such as https://websitebuilders.com/) or copy and paste the URL from the address box of your web browser.
- The URL may appear like regular text in your outgoing message, but the recipient sees the hyperlink in a special font, color, or underlined.
- When the recipient clicks on the address, a web browser opens to the referenced page.
Add Anchor Text:
- Anchor texts are short phrases that contain links to web pages. For instance, you got to this page by clicking on the “Embedding a Web Link” anchor. Those words contained a hyperlink to this page.
- Anchor texts allow you to include hyperlinks without displaying the entire URL. This is particular useful for long addresses.
- The first thing you need to do is create your anchor texts. This can be anything you want. Just make sure it gives your reader an idea of where the link will take them. Something like “Check out this funny site!”
- Highlight your anchor text.
- To add the hyperlink, click the hyperlink icon (it usually looks like a chain links) or right-click on the highlighted text and select the hyperlink option.
- Type the URL you want to link to in the dialogue box that appears (or copy and paste it).
- Your anchor text will now be a special color and/or underlined. When the recipient clicks on the anchor text, they will be taken to the web page you linked to.
Hyperlinks are the foundation of the World Wide Web, allowing websites to connect to one another. Embedding web links within your e-mail is an easy way to share information with your friends and co-workers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are hyperlinks safe?
Hyperlinks are usually safe if they come from people you know or trusted sources; however, it is best to use caution. If there is anything suspicious about the e-mail, don’t click on the hyperlink. If the hyperlink takes to you a web page that asks for personal information or requests your login information, don’t provide it, even if you trust the company that sent you the link. Instead, open a new browser window and go the company’s web page manually (by typing it into the browser’s address bar, not pasting it in). E-mails that ask for your information may be Phishing Traps. (That’s a hyperlink!)
Can hyperlinks be used for things other than web pages?
Hyperlinks can be used to link to anything on the Internet. For instance, if you have an online photo gallery, you can embed a link directly to a picture. If you use an online storage service, such as Dropbox or Google Drive, you can link to shared files. If it’s somewhere on the Internet, you can add a link to it.