Use Link Preview in Outlook.com and Outlook on the web

When you add a URL to an email message in Outlook.com or Outlook on the web, 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 and Outlook on the web, 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 are you using?

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

Instructions for the Outlook.com beta and the new Outlook on the web

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

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

  3. 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 beta and 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, 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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