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Linking For Dummies

April 28 2012

As there are still some who find adding links to their postings a mystery, here is a reminder of how to do it. . . . . . . 




Just pasting a website address in to a message board posting is not adding a link and can be frustrating  to readers who have to copy and paste the address in to a new browser window!!
( A browser is the application you are using to view this page.)

The World Wide Web or Net, is so called because everything is designed to link up and just like the spider, creates a web or a net.

You don’t need to be an IT expert to communicate via the web.

Adding links is very simple – most message boards and other interactive mediums follow a similar process to Sportnetwork:

HOW To Add Links

1 - Once you are at the forum or board you want to post on

Open the web page you want to link to, then highlight and copy the address

Remember you want people to go to the story of your choice, not make them find it or hit the back button.

An easy way to copy is to press the ctrl key and C key together.

Page To Link

2 Type or paste the words for the link into the new message/reply box
Then Highlight the link words and click the link icon

3 Paste the address you have copied into the text box and click OK
You can press Ctrl + V to paste

Link Text Box

4 You can then preview the result before you post

You don’t need to understand what’s between the [ ] s because its done for you. But if you take the time to read it you can spot any mistakes you may have made

Everything between the [ ] is the hidden code – the text for the link (highlighted in red) is what the viewer will see, as is shown in the preview pane below


5 - If you're happy with your post click the post button, if not you can carry on with your edit and preview as many times as you want until you are happy with your post

preview 2

Easy Peasy!!

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Discussion started by Unofficial Pirates , 28/04/2012 11:56
Unofficial Pirates
28/04/2012 11:56
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28/04/2012 15:36
Its the geeky kids who got bullied at school getting their own back

29/04/2012 12:06
OK, I admit it - even though this is entitled "linking for dummies" I can't make it work. What's the next rung down from "dummy"?
Is it different for a MacBook - cos that's what I've got?
I know I have to use the apple key instead of the ctrl key for cutting and pasting, but I still seem to be missing something.

Geoff DC
29/04/2012 14:17
What part of the process doesn't work for you Dave?

29/04/2012 20:00
I think I may have cracked it, Geoff. I'll have another go.

29/04/2012 22:02
Maybe Dc could give hands on help in the beertent pre Bristol for a small Rum just to keep the Pirate theme.

30/04/2012 14:49
OK, I admit it - even though this is entitled "linking for dummies" I can't make it work. What's the next rung down from "dummy"?
Answer: *Stalwart! (Sm105) Check []
as, apparently, you're lower than a baby pacifier! (Sm141)

30/04/2012 15:16
Fair comment - and well done you for doing the linky thing Landlubber - I'm still trying though (er indoors says I'm very trying).

30/04/2012 16:03
Apple key, wheres that then Dave? I have a Macbook, but cannot see an Apple key except in top left hand corner.

30/04/2012 18:20
Well - on my Macbook the apple key is just to the left of the space bar. Bleddy confusing ain't it? My brain hurts.

30/04/2012 18:47
It even has a picture of an apple on it Rob ......

30/04/2012 19:25
Got a command key either side of the space bar. Got this in the good ol US of A so maybe missing something. Dummies, just old age, don`t you agree Dave?

30/04/2012 19:29
'fraid so Rob - these new fangled gadgets are 'ard for old farts like us. We didn't even have a telly until I was 10!

30/04/2012 19:46
So you CAN teach an old dog new tricks after all - Stalwart has just managed to do a linky thing.

Question is ..... will he remember how to do it next time?

30/04/2012 20:31
Do what?(Sm105)

01/05/2012 11:57
What was the question?

02/05/2012 10:50

04/05/2012 15:04
Thank you LL for the tuition, now am as competent as I'm likely to be!!

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