How to Create an Email Link That Sends a Response

by Ray Padgett

If you use the Internet frequently, you may have noticed links that, instead of opening up a web page, open a "Compose" window in your email client. One use for this process is to enable someone to click a link that sends a pre-formatted email response. This is done with a simple piece of HTML coding, similar to how you might link a website.

Copy and paste the following code into the email where you want to response link to go: <p> <a href="mailto:XXXXX?Subject=YYYYY&Body;=ZZZZZ"> MYREPLYTEXT</a> </p>

Replace "XXXXX" with your email address (for instance: "me@mysite.com").

Replace "YYYYY" with the subject you wish the response email to have (for instance: "Re: Meeting").

Replace "ZZZZZ" with the text you wish to place in the body of the email (for instance: "I got your message!"). If you do not wish to have anything automatically appear in the body, delete the following from the code: &Body;=ZZZZZ.

Replace "MYREPLYTEXT" with the text you want to appear in the email you send (for instance: "Click here to reply.").

Send the email.

About the Author

Based in New York City, Ray Padgett has been writing about music and technology since his 2009 graduation from Dartmouth College. He has a degree in religion, with a minor in English. He has been published in SPIN.com and in "The Celebrity Café," "The Noise" and an upcoming Bob Dylan anthology.

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