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How to add hyperlinks to images in Gmail

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Adding hyperlinks is an effective way to get your reader to the intended web page. Although it is no secret that you can add hyperlinks to text, you can also add hyperlinks to images in the body of the email. Here's how.

Inserting pictures into Gmail

We assume you're already in your Gmail account. If not, continue and get there. When you are ready, select the "Compose" button located in the upper left corner.


Once selected, the "New Message" window appears. After filling in the e-mail address (1) and the subject (2) and writing the body of the message (3), continue and place the cursor where you want to insert the image (4).

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Click on the "Insert photo" icon at the bottom of the window.

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In the "Insert image" window, you can drag an image or browse for one. If the image you are looking for is not in your profile "Photos" or "Album" you can browse the web or upload one from your computer.

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After selecting the image, but before inserting it, make sure you select the "Inline" option at the bottom right of the screen. You can choose to insert the image as an attachment, but it does not allow us to achieve our goals here.


Click "Insert" when done.

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Your image will now appear in the body of the email. Don't worry if the picture is a bit big – you can resize it. Select the image, take the handle in each corner and drag it to the desired size.

Inserting hyperlinks into images

Now you are ready to insert a hyperlink. Select the image by clicking and dragging your cursor over it.

Note: You must select the image in that way instead of just clicking to select it if you want to insert a hyperlink.

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Then select the "Insert link" icon at the bottom of the window. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl + K.

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You will now be greeted with the "Edit Link" window. In the "Text to display" box, see the image name followed by the image format type. If this field is empty, you did not select the image. Go back and try again.

In the "Link To" section, enter the URL you want to use. Click "OK" when done.

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You have now added a hyperlink to an image in Gmail. As a matter of good practice, however, let us confirm that the link is correctly inserted. Continue and select the image again. If you insert the hyperlink properly, you will see a message "Go to link" followed by the destination URL.

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Once the recipient has received the email message, everything they need will need to click on the image to navigate to the URL!

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