Add hypertext links to Gmail with a keyboard shortcut

You can now add hypertext links to your Gmail messages with a keyboard shortcut.


If you want to keep your e-mail looking nice and neat, a short hypertext link looks a lot cleaner than pasting lengthy URLs.

Though a few handy editing shortcuts are supported in Gmail's rich text editor, inserting hypertext links previously only worked via the link button on the Gmail toolbar.

Gmail link button
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Lifehacker recently discovered that you can now use a keyboard shortcut, too. Just highlight the word(s) you want to link, then hit Ctrl-K in Windows or Command-K on a Mac, to bring up the "Edit Link" window.

Edit link window
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

That's it. For more Gmail tips and tricks, check out these five little-known ones .

(Via Lifehacker)

About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at



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