How to make a hyperlink in Gmail

How To Make A Hyperlink In Gmail

Want to know “how to make a hyperlink in Gmail.” This step-by-step post explains how to create text and image hyperlinks as well as adding hyperlinks to your Gmail signature.

How to make a hyperlink in Gmail:

Have you tried including a link in the body of a Gmail message? What does the final output look like? Well, if you paste the URL into the email body, you’ll see a long string of random symbols, letters, and even numbers at times.

This can look unprofessional, especially when you’re emailing your boss, business partner, or even a customer.

To avoid that nonsense, this step-by-step guide explains how to make a hyperlink in Gmail both on the web and mobile applications. You’ll learn how to include text and image hyperlinks as well as adding nicely formatted links in your Gmail signature.

Note: Create hyperlinks through the web application if you have access to a desktop or laptop computer because it is easier and straightforward.

Make Text Hyperlink in the Gmail Web Application:              

  1. Sign in to Gmail from a desktop browser.
  2. Open up a new message.
  3. Compose your message as you normally would.
  4. Next, determine what the anchor text should be. Anchor text is a portion of the text that will hold or enclose the link. This could be a single word or more, depending on what you want.
  5. Highlight the “anchor text.” To do this, drag your mouse across the text or use a keyboard command.
  6. Locate and click the “insert link” button located on the formatting toolbar. The icon looks like a metal chain link. Clicking the button should pop up a link editing box.
  7. The link editing interface is pretty explanatory. You can customize the link to your taste. Don’t forget to click“Test this link” to check if the link works.
  8. If you wish to make changes to the link, click the anchor text. The editing options will show beneath, allowing you to edit, change, or remove the hyperlink.

Create a Text Hyperlink in the Gmail Mobile App:

Making hyperlinks in the mobile app is not straight forward because Gmail doesn’t provide a clear formatting option for it. Luckily, there’s a workaround to get the job done.

  1. Open the Gmail app.
  2. Compose your message or open an existing draft.
  3. Type the link where you want it to appear. Make sure to start the link this way: https://www. When done, the link wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) transform into a clickable link. Don’t fret. It’s supposed to be like that.
  4. Close the message to save as draft.
  5. Tap the three small bars in the upper left corner of the app to reveal the sidebar.
  6. Look for and tap “Drafts.”
  7. Open the message you are working on. This should be at the top. By now, the link you typed would have transformed into a clickable link but still looks ugly and unprofessional.

Follow steps 8 through 10 carefully.

  1. Move your cursor to somewhere middle of the link.
  2. Start to type the text you wish to use as the anchor text, making sure the text is part of the blue underlined link. Don’t worry as this edit won’t change the destination URL.
  3. Delete the rest of the URL to the left and right of your anchor text.

Note: If the link does not change to a clickable link at #7 above, then consider using the “Docs trick.” The Google Docs mobile app allows you to create hyperlinks, which you can then copy and paste into the body of your email.

Follow the instructions below for the “Docs trick.”

  1. Open Docs app.
  2. Hit the “plus icon” at the top right corner. Depending on your mobile screen size and app version, you might first need to tap the three dots to reveal the icon.
  3. Tap “Link.”
  4. Type the anchor text and destination URL in the appropriate fields.
  5. Ok, the process. Now you should have a nicely formatted hyperlink.
  6. Copy the ‘hyperlinked text’ and paste it into the email body.

How to Add Image Hyperlink In Gmail:

Adding links to the body of a message in Gmail goes beyond text hyperlink. You can also create a clickable image that points to a designated webpage. This can be particularly useful for product promotion.

Because there is no formatting option for image hyperlinks in the Gmail app, this guide only shows how to hyperlink an image in the Gmail web application.

  1. Sign in to Gmail from a desktop browser.
  2. Compose a new message or open an existing draft.
  3. Place your cursor to where you want the image to appear.
  4. Click the “insert image” icon on the bottom formatting toolbar. The image photo box should pop up.
  5. Look at the bottom left corner of the box. Make sure the inline tab is selected. This allows the image to be inserted directly into the message body rather than adding as an attachment file.
  6. Click Select files from your device and follow the instructions to find, select, and upload your image.

To edit the image, see step 7.

  1. Select the image by clicking it. Beneath the picture is the editing options: Small, Best fit, Original size, and Remove. You can choose each option to see what works best. Alternatively, you can drag the edges of the image until you achieve a perfect size.

Tip: You can send a copy of the message to a dummy email or yourself to see how the image looks on mobile and desktop.

Now, it’s time to hyperlink the image.

  1. Use a single click to select the picture, ensuring there is a blue border around the image.
  2. Click the “insert link” icon on the formatting bar. This simple step automatically creates a hyperlink for the image. But we need to change the address.
  3. Reselect the image. You’ll see “Go to the link,” “Change,” and “Remove” in the editing options.
  4. Select “Change.” The Edit Link popup will appear. Notice that the system creates a .jpeg hyperlink as the destination URL.
  5. Change it to the URL you chose.

Note: Many users complained that the image dialog box mentioned in #4 did not appear. This is common to those using the Chrome browser. Firefox users seem to be fine.

How to Create a Hyperlink in your Gmail signature:

Adding an image or text hyperlink to your Gmail signature is a perfect way to get across your social media link, website URL, or a particular content to all your recipients.

Because email signature appears in sent mails, incorporating a hyperlink will help eliminate the need to add links to email messages now and then.

Without further ado, follow the steps below to add text or image hyperlink to your Gmail signature.

Add Text Hyperlink in Gmail Signature:

  1. Sign in to Gmail from a desktop browser.
  2. Click the gear icon in the top right corner.
  3. Select “Settings” from the drop-down menu.
  4. Under the “General” section, scroll down and locate “Signature.” The editing box to the right of Signature allows you to type up and customize your signature.
  5. Add your signature text.
  6. Highlight the part of the text you’d like to be clickable, i.e., the anchor text.
  7. Select the “insert link” icon at the top formatting bar. The Edit Link dialog box should appear.
  8. Fill in the Text to display box and provide the Web address you want to link to. Don’t forget to test if the link works.

Create Image Hyperlink in Gmail Signature:

Adding image hyperlinks to your signature allows you to insert more than one link in a clean and professional way. You can link one image to your webpage while others point to your social media platforms.

  1. Move your cursor to where you want to place the image.
  2. Select the “insert image” option on the top formatting toolbar. This will popup the “Add an image” box.
  3. Find, select, and upload your image.
  4. Click the image. Beneath the image is resizing options that range from small to original size. You can play a bit with the size of the picture.

Steps 5 through 8 explains how to hyperlink the image.

  1. Single-click the image to highlight it.
  2. Click the “insert link” option on the formatting bar.
  3. Add a URL but leave the Text to display
  4. OK, the process.

Conclusion:

Adding text and image hyperlinks in the Gmail message body is an excellent way to promote your products, website, social media pages, or more. Without cluttering your message with long strings of symbols and letters, you can use a well-formatted link to get your message across.

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