Insert a link in an email using Outlook or Windows Mail

Share links to websites and web pages in an email

Every page on the web has an address. By providing a link to his address, you can easily send anyone. If you enter a full web address in an email message in Outlook or Windows Mail and press Enter, Outlook automatically creates a clickable hyperlink. However, there are other ways to add links to email messages.

The instructions in this article apply to Outlook 2019, Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010, Outlook for Office 365, Outlook Online, and the Windows Mail app.

How do you paste a link in Outlook or Windows Email?

You can link any word or picture in your message to any page on the web, and when the recipient clicks the link, the page will open automatically.

  1. Open the email where you want to paste the link.

  2. Select the text or image you want to use for the link.

  3. Go to the tab Insert † In Outlook Online, go to the toolbar format and select Insert hyperlink

  4. Select Clutch † Skip this step for Outlook Online.

  5. In a text box Text to display enter a word or phrase to display alternative text.

  6. In a text field The address type or paste the URL you want to link to.

    To paste a link to an email address, select E-mail address and fill in the fields. In Outlook Online and Windows Mail in a text box The address enter mailto: followed by an email address.

  7. Select Okay to insert a link.

When an email recipient clicks on the link text in your email, the corresponding URL opens in the browser.

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