Much as we would all like to send video clips with our e-mail, it is not possible just yet. However, there is a workaround to the issue, for users of e-mail programs like Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird. As these programs use HTML format, users can link a picture to an e-mail and enable recipients of the e-mail to view the desired video through the Internet.
In order to do this, follow through this simple step by step guide:
- First, upload the desired video to YouTube. This will give you a webpage URL, to be used as a link, with your e-mail.
- Launch your e-mail program and write the body of the e-mail as usual. Press the â€˜Enterâ€™ key a couple of times to create space to load the video.
- Take a screenshot of the YouTube page with your video. For this, press the â€˜Controlâ€™ and â€˜Print Screenâ€™ key together. Open your e-mail again, right-click on it and select â€˜Pasteâ€™. As the screenshot would take up a lot of space, use the picture â€˜Toolsâ€™ to resize the image.
- Download a play button and save it, to use with this video. Next, click on your e-mail again, and then click on â€˜Insertâ€™ at the top of the window. Follow this by clicking on â€˜Pictureâ€™ and â€˜From Fileâ€™. Browse for the â€˜Playâ€™ graphic, select it and click on â€˜Insertâ€™. Place the â€˜Playâ€™ graphic at the center of the screenshot of the video; and right-click on it. This will bring up the â€˜Hyperlinkâ€™ option. Click on it to open the hyperlink command box.
- Return to the YouTube page and click on the â€˜Shareâ€™ link under the video. Select and right-click the box under â€˜Copy and paste this link into an email or instant messageâ€™. This will copy the URL.
- Now click back into the e-mail. Paste the address into the â€˜Addressâ€™ box located at the bottom of the Hyperlink window. Click â€˜Okâ€™.
- Your e-mail is now all ready to impress.
When recipients of the e-mail click on the â€˜Playâ€™ button, they will be automatically directed to the YouTube page with your video.