How can I send a hyperlink in email?
In this excerpt from
Answercast #21, I walk through the steps necessary to send a hyperlink in an
Sending a hyperlink
This is actually a surprisingly common question.
The short version is that most of the time, it is sufficient for you to simply type or paste in the link.
As long as there’s text in your email that starts with http:// – and then has a domain name (like ask-leo.com), that’s enough.
You don’t really need to do much of anything else. The reason is not because you’ve done something special on your side when you sent the mail, but because most email programs, when they see something that looks like a link, will automatically turn it into something clickable.
So there’s no real work to do on your part.
Hyperlink in HTML
Now, if you’re adding a link to HTML email, you should be looking for the controls in the toolbar that allow you to do that.
When you’re editing HTML email (this, of course, will vary dramatically depending on what email web service that you happen to be using), most of the time…
Across the top of the edit box where you’re typing in your email will be a small toolbar that contains a number of icons including things for bold and italics and maybe setting color and so forth.
One of those icons will look, kind of, like a link: a link in a chain. That’s the icon, the Toolbar button, to click on to insert a link to where you’re at.
You’ll typically be asked for two things:
- You’ll be asked for the URL; in other words, that http:// thing that I just talked about.
- You’ll also be asked to enter the text that should be displayed for that URL.
When that URL is displayed in the email, in reality, it’s the text that is displayed and when they click on it, they will go to that link.
Text highlighted by a URL
So, for example, you might enter in “http://ask-leo.com” for the URL, and then for the text, you might type in “Visit Ask Leo!”
When the email is constructed (when you actually hit OK on the little dialog that would enter that into your email), what your email will look like is the words Visit Ask Leo! with an underline (or otherwise highlighted) to indicate that’s a link. Like this:
When your recipient clicks on this Visit Ask Leo!, they would then be taken to http://ask-leo.com.
So those are the two most common ways, very little to be done. Typically, it’s all taken care of at the receiving end.
If you’re having a specific problem where situations aren’t working, I’d actually need to know significant details about the scenario you’re encountering: the email program that you’re using, how you’re crafting your email, whether it’s rich text or plain text, which recipient is not seeing the link, what email program they’re using, and so forth. But ultimately, in general, it just works.
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