How to Create a Clickable Image in Gmail

By Shawn McClain

The email messages that you business sends out not only issues a message to a client, partner or employee, but it also represents your business. To give your business the best possible appearance, you may want to include images along with the text in your message, and you may also want to allow the recipient to click on the image to open a certain Web page. Gmail offers this feature, but you first have to go through your Gmail settings and turn it on.

Log in to your Gmail account and click the "Settings" icon, which resembles a gear. Choose "Settings" from the drop-down menu.

Click "Labs" and scroll down to the "Inserting Images" option. Click "Enable."

Scroll to either the top or bottom of the page and click "Save Changes."

Click "Compose" to start your message. Type any text that you want to include and place the cursor where you want the image to go.

Click the "Insert Image" button. Choose either "My Computer" or "Web Address" depending on where the image is located. Browse for the file or enter the address, and click "OK."

Place the cursor to the right of the image in your Gmail message. Hold down the mouse button and scroll back over the image, highlighting it.

Click the "Link" button.

Enter the Web address you want to link to and click "OK."


If you have the latest version of the Google Chrome Web browser installed, you can drag and drop both images from the Web and images from your hard drive into your Gmail message, instead of adding them through the insert button.