Email a Web Page in Safari Instead of Sending a Link

Use Safari to Email a Web Page

Safari Share menu - Email this page.
Screen shot courtesy of Coyote Moon, Inc.

When we come across a new or interesting web page, most of us can't resist the urge to share it. The usual way to share a website with a colleague or friend is to send them the URL, but Safari has a better way. You can use Safari to email the whole page.

Send the Whole Webpage in an Email

  1. From the File menu, select either Share/Email this Page, or Mail Contents of This Page (depending on the version of Safari you are using), or press command+I (the command key plus the letter "i"). Safari will send the page to Mail, which will open a new message that contains the web page. You can add a note, if you like, by clicking in the top of the message.
  1. Enter the email address of the recipient and click Send.

Send a Link Instead

Sometimes sending a web page in Mail with all of the associated HTML coding can be problematic for the receiver. They may have their email client set to not show HTML messages, since they're a common indicator of spam or phishing, or a method of distributing malware. Or, like many folks, they just don’t want HTML messages.

If your recipients fall into the above category, you may be better off sending a link instead of the whole web page.

Depending on the version of Safari you are using, you can either select "Mail Link to This Page" from the File menu, or press command+shift+I (the command key plus the shift key plus the letter "i"). Add a note to your message, enter the email address of the recipient, and click Send.

If you're using OS X Lion or later, you may notice the File menu seems to be lacking the Mail Link to This Page item.

For some reason, Apple removed the menu item that lets you embed a link in an email. Safari still has this capability, though; it's just not in the menu anymore. So, no matter which version of Safari you're using, you can still send a link to the current web page to the Mail application by using the keyboard shortcut command+shift+I.

Originally published: 8/23/2011

Update history: 4/9/2015, 6/30/2016