PC Doctor February 12, 2016

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Dear PC Doctor:

Could you provide an explanation of how to provide a link within an e-mail?  For example, if I wanted to provide a link to a certain item for sale on Amazon for the reader of my e-mail, how would I do it?  I have Windows 7.




Dear Sally:

Thanks for your question!

If you can copy and paste, you can include a web link in any e-mail message.  First, open your e-mail program and start a new message the way you always do.  Next, open a new tab in your browser and navigate to the web page you want to share with the recipient of your e-mail.  Once you have that web page open, go to the top of your screen.  Look for the long box across the top that has the web address for the page.  For example, if you want to send a link to the Athol Library’s page, look for where you see www.athollibrary.org.  (In some browsers, you won’t see the www anymore.)  Highlight that text by clicking just before the first letter you want to copy, holding down the mouse button while dragging your mouse to the right, and then releasing after you have selected your text.  Then, copy it by holding down the ctrl and c keys at the same time, while the text is highlighted.  Now, go to the tab where you have your new e-mail message open.  Click your cursor where you want the link to appear in your message, and hold down the ctrl and v keys at the same time.  Your desired web address should appear in the message text.  Hit return (or enter) after the web address, and the link should be live (clickable) when your recipient reads the e-mail.  Finish composing your message, and send!

Until next time,

Happy Computing!

        PC Doctor