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Post Info TOPIC: Inserting Links into Forum Posts


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Inserting Links into Forum Posts


When creating or replying on a forum thread and you want to include a link to another website address (URL) or another forum thread, you will want to first go to that web address (URL) or forum thread and "copy" the address (URL) in the address line that is active when at that site.  That web address (URL) will be in the field just to the right of the "Back Arrow" and "Forward Arrow."

Note that in the above image, that field for the current web address (URL) is at the very top, reading http://rv-dreams.com/.  That would be the address that should be highlighted and “copied.”  Make sure that the entire address is highlighted or your link will not work.

Then, go to the forum thread where you want to insert your post and type in your message.  Then wherever it is that you want to create the active link for directing to the particular address, type in a “title” and highlight that “title.”  When you do that, you will then see two icons in the shaded blue area become active.  Both will look like a chain link, with one being intact and the other being split.  It will look like this when the link icons are activated:

Once you highlight the text where you want your link, click on the icon that shows an intact chain link.  When you have done so, you will see another “window” appear that looks like this:

In the top field, entitled “Link URL”, you will “paste” the web address (URL) to which you want your link directed.

Once that is inserted, then click on the “down arrow” in the field indicated as “Target.”  When that menu opens, select “Open Link in a New Window.”   That menu will look like this:

 

Click on the line that states, “Open link in a new window” and then click on “Insert.”

After that is done, the link should be established.  To verify it, use the “Show Preview” button below the dialogue box for the posting.  If the link has been established, the “title” of your link should be in a different color and your mouse cursor should turn into the “pointing finger” icon when it is placed over the link.  You can even test the link by pressing it at this time to verify that it directs you to the right place and that it truly opens a new window for the link.

After that, the same procedures can be done for additional links if you have need of them.  This procedure is also to be used for the links in one’s forum signature.

In addition to making a forum post look better with a title, this way of inserting links avoids the possibility of pasting in an extremely long link that would force the forum page to widen to the length of that long link.  That wide page would affect every posting on that forum page.  When a long link causes the wide forum page, readers have to scroll back and forth with the bottom scroll bar just to be able to read the text on that page.




-- Edited by Terry and Jo on Tuesday 29th of November 2011 11:09:01 PM

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2014 Ford Expedition 4X4 as Tag-along or Scout

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Thanks Terry,I now see what I did wrong.

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