Add a link to an email message using Link Preview in Outlook.com

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

With the Link Preview feature turned off, a URL looks like this: https://www.microsoft.com.

With the Link Preview feature turned on, the same URL looks like this:

Link Preview

Note: Link Preview is turned on by default. If you don't see a link with a thumbnail image, title, and description like the one shown above and want to see them, turn Link Preview on.

Add a link preview in an email message

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

  2. If Link Preview is turned on, it automatically provides the site's name, description, and thumbnail image (if available) in the message body.

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

Turn off the Link Preview feature

Link Preview is turned on by default in Outlook.com, so you see rich previews of URLs when you're reading and composing email messages. However, you can turn off Link Preview if you prefer.

Which version of Outlook.com are you using?

The instructions are slightly different depending on whether you're using the Outlook.com beta. Choose which version you're using to see the instructions that apply to you.

IF YOUR MAILBOX LOOKS LIKE...

IF YOUR MAILBOX LOOKS LIKE...

A screenshot of the top left corner of the Outlook.com beta mailbox

See Instructions for the Outlook.com beta.

A screenshot of the top left corner of the classic Outlook.com mailbox

See Instructions for classic Outlook.com.

Instructions for the Outlook.com beta

  1. Sign in to Outlook.com.

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

  3. In the Settings pane, select Mail > Compose and reply.

  4. Under Link preview, clear the Preview links in email check box to turn off Link Preview.

Select the Preview links in email check box to turn Link Preview back on.

Instructions for classic Outlook.com

  1. Sign in to Outlook.com.

  2. At the top of the page, select Settings > Options.

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

  4. Under Link preview, clear the Preview links in email check box to turn off Link Preview.

Select the Preview links in email check box to turn Link Preview back on.

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