Follow These Steps to Send a Website URL Through Your Email Client

Simple steps to email a web page URL

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Sharing a URL is the easiest way to point someone to a specific web page. You can email URLs through any email client, like Microsoft Outlook, Gmail, Windows Live Mail, Thunderbird, Outlook Express, etc.

It's really easy to send web page links: just copy the URL and paste it directly into the message before you send it off.

How to Copy a URL

You can copy a website link in most desktop web browsers and other programs by right-clicking or tapping-and-holding the link and choosing the copy option. If you're using a web browser, the URL is located at the very top of the program, likely above or below the open tabs or bookmarks bar.

The link should look something like this, with http:// or https:// at the very start:

You can also select the URL text and then use the Ctrl+C (Windows) or Command+C (macOS) keyboard shortcut to copy it to the clipboard.

How to Email a Web Page Link

Now that the email link has been copied, just paste it directly into your email program. The steps are identical no matter what program you use:

  1. Right-click or tap-and-hold within the body of the message.

  2. Choose the Paste option to insert the URL into the email.

  3. Send the email as usual.

The above steps will insert the link as text, much like you see in the above example that links to this page. To make a hyperlink that will actually link the URL to specific text within the message is different for each email client.

We'll use Gmail as an example:

  1. Select the text that should have the link anchored to it.

  2. Click or tap the Insert link button from the bottom menu within the message (it looks like a chain link).

  3. Paste the URL into the Web address section.

  4. Click or tap OK to link the URL to the text.

  5. Send the email as usual.

Most email clients let you share links through a similar option called Link or Insert Link. Microsoft Outlook, for example, lets you email URLs from the Insert tab, via the Link option in the Links section.