Add a link to an email using link preview in Outlook.com or Outlook on the web

When you add a URL to an email in Outlook.com or Outlook on the web, or when you receive a message with a URL in the body, you'll see a rich preview that includes a link title, thumbnail, and description of the link. This is called a link preview.

With link preview turned off, you'll see: https://www.microsoft.com.

With link preview turned on, you'll see:

Link Preview

Note: Link preview is turned on by default. If you don't see a link with a thumbnail, title, and description like the one shown above, you'll want to turn link preview on. If that doesn't work, contact your IT administrator.

Add a link preview

  1. When composing an email, type a URL in the message body. For example, you could type https://microsoft.com.

  2. If link preview is turned on, it will automatically provide the site's name, description, and thumbnail (if available) in the message body.

    Note: To open or follow a link preview, simply click it like any other hyperlink.

Turn link preview off

Link preview is turned on by default. However, you can turn it off.

Outlook.com beta

  1. At the top of the page, select Settings > View full settings.

  2. In the Settings pane, select Mail > Compose.

  3. Under Link preview, uncheck the Preview links in email box to turn it off.

    Note: Check the Preview links in email box to turn it back on.

Classic Outlook.com or Outlook on the web

  1. At the top of the page, select Settings > Options or Mail.

  2. In the Options pane, under Mail > Layout, select Link preview.

  3. Under Link preview, uncheck the Preview links in email box to turn it off.

    Note: Check the Preview links in email box to turn it back on.

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