Hyperlink e-mail signatures are used to put links at the end of your e-mails. In order to set up a hyperlink e-mail signature, you need to make sure your e-mail allows HTML in the signature file, because not all e-mail clients do. Yahoo! Mail, for example, does not allow HTML signatures. Outlook and Hotmail, however, do. Setting up a hyperlink e-mail in Outlook and Hotmail is easy, and the same basic rules apply for any other e-mail service that allows HTML signatures.
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Go to the web address you want to link to. Copy the web address from the browser. The address, called a URL, starts with "http://..."
Open the signature file in your e-mail program. Program settings vary slightly from one e-mail program to the next, but look for menu names like "Options" and "Signature" to open and edit your signature.
Choose "Edit in HTML Mode" or similar setting. Outlook has a "File" button where you enter the URL.
Insert the HTML code (with URL) into the signature box. Type or copy and paste the following into your signature, replacing "www.insert-your-URL.com" with the web address and "This is the text that will show up in the email" with whatever you want your link to say:
<a href="http://www.insert-your-URL.com"> This is the text that will show up in the email.</a>
Save and check the box to apply your signature. All your e-mails should now have your hyperlink at the bottom.
Tips and warnings
- Once a hyperlink is attached to your signature, it will be added to every e-mail you send. Even if you can't see it when typing, it will be included. Think twice about adding an off-colour hyperlink if you might accidentally send it to your mother or your boss.
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