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How to make a really long link short (for posting)
« on: July 08, 2007, 01:04:53 PM »
I'm not sure where this ought to go, but I think it's a much needed easy tutorial that will greatly benefit the posters/readers here.

Have you come across threads that were a mile wide and you all the sudden have to scroll from side to side to read all the posts? It's because someone has inserted a link that is very long. The links don't "wrap" from line to line, but remain unbroken, sometimes causing you to have to scroll.

Here is how to insert a link, and then have the clickable text say anything you want.

1) copy the link you intend to insert so it's loaded on your clipboard.
2) Use the "insert link" button from the BBC tags (bottom row, third button over).
3) this will give you [ url][ /url] (without the spaces after the first bracket).
4) place your cursor after the l in [ url] and add an equals sign so it looks like this:
[ url=]
5) after the equals sign, do control/v and paste your link in that spot. Now you have
[ url=http://www.whateverlinkyouwanttoaddhere. com]
6) move your cursor over to the right one space (so it's now outside of the closing bracket, but in front of the [ /url]
7) Type a short name for the link.

You're done. Preview to make sure it worked. You should have a link that looks like this:
Linky


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Re: How to make a really long link short (for posting)
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2007, 01:06:45 PM »
Thank you! I've been trying to remember how to do this myself and figured I wasn't the only one!

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Re: How to make a really long link short (for posting)
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2007, 01:12:43 PM »
It finally "stuck" in my mind how to do it, so I figured if I posted it somewhere it would be as much a future reference for me as an aid to anyone who wanted to learn. I really hate the scrolling due to links and it's almost always an ebay link that's the culprit.

BTW, the example link at the end takes you to Wikipedia's BBC codes explanation.  ;)
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Re: How to make a really long link short (for posting)
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2007, 02:25:08 PM »


how about tinyurl.com

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Re: How to make a really long link short (for posting)
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2007, 02:41:03 PM »
You can do that, Leo, but with this method, there's no need. Just put "=" and then the link after URL in the first set of brackets, type a word for the link between the sets of brackets, and you are done. No need to go to tinyurl to make one. However, if I haven't explained it well enough, then by all means, whatever anyone can do to keep the links short is fine by me.  :h0035
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Re: How to make a really long link short (for posting)
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2007, 05:59:13 PM »

how about tinyurl.com

Tiny URL's do not work for every.  I think it's because they pile on cookies or soemthing.  I don't know but sometimes I can click them fine but must of the time I go nowhere when I click them.
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Re: How to make a really long link short (for posting)
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2007, 06:17:03 PM »
^  they do.  They pile on tracking cookies.

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Re: How to make a really long link short (for posting)
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2007, 09:14:29 AM »
Just giving this post a bump so that everyone can get a refresher course in how to make short links on this board.  :h0161 :pc
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Re: How to make a really long link short (for posting)
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2007, 10:30:42 AM »
Thanks!  I also forget to use this method all of the time...will remember now tho!  :m218

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Re: How to make a really long link short (for posting)
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2007, 01:10:29 PM »
Thank you for the information. It will make posting easier.
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Re: How to make a really long link short (for posting)
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2007, 12:52:44 PM »
Thanks, now I've got a thread in stereo.
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