How to Embed a URL or HTML in an E-mail

By Jackson Lewis

Email has been used since well before the Internet started to see widespread public use in the late 1990s. In the past decade, email clients have grown to support HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language)-formatted email in addition to the traditional text-formatted email. The use of HTML and URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) in the context of email creates a richer user experience by using imagery and references to support material to be received by friends, family and consumers. No special software has to be bought or downloaded in order to use HTML or URLs in the body of an email with most email services. From web client-based emails such as Google's Gmail to Microsoft's email client program, Outlook, HTML format can be selected for use for both sending and receiving email.

Things You'll Need

  • Google Gmail account or HTML-enabled email application

Step 1

Log into your Gmail account and select the "Compose Mail" menu option.

Step 2

Verify the email encoding setting that is beneath the attachment menu button. If the words "Rich Formatting" are visible, select the "Rich Formatting" menu option to enable HTML in the email.

Step 3

Type a phrase in the email body in order to embed a URL. In this example, the words "My favorite internet acade website is" are input in the email body.

Step 4

Create a URL by highlighting the words in the email, then selecting the hyperlink button in the formatting toolbar. The hyperlink button is the picture of a link of chain in the middle of the email format toolbar located just above the body of the email. Type the spiderman-arcade URL into the dialogue box which appears: "".

Step 5

Type your email address in the email "To:" line and click the "Send" menu button.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not use Javascript when creating HTML emails, or virus checkers may prevent your email from being received.